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Assistant Cache Manager

Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 13, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Announcement # 01061000394
Salary Range: $24.30 - $26.29 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for a Lands Program Specialist - Assistant Cache Manager to join a dynamic team of Fire Management professionals. This position is located at the IDL Cache in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Become part of an organization where you will work with dedicated people who are committed and skilled in managing and protecting Idaho’s natural resources.

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) believes in its employees and values stewardship, service, accountability, and cohesiveness. Our goals emphasize our people and processes, financial stewardship, and customer focus.  We strive for a culture in which leadership equips, entrusts and expects employees to make decisions in fulfillment of our mission.  View our Strategic Plan here.

Under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners, IDL manages more than 2.4 million acres of state endowment trust land under a constitutional mandate to produce maximum long-term financial returns for public schools and several other State of Idaho institutions.  Leases and other contracts are used to authorize revenue-generating activities such as timber harvest, grazing, farming, mining, commercial use, residential use, and conservation in a prudent and sustainable manner.

Managing endowment trust lands is only part of our story. We also protect public resources such as water quality, fish, wildlife habitat, and recreation on public trust lands, and ensure the protection of water quality and other resources by overseeing forestry and mining practices across all ownerships in the state. We also work to reclaim abandoned mines in Idaho. One of our most important resource protection responsibilities is fire prevention and suppression.  We also provide assistance to landowners to manage their forestlands, work with communities to plant trees in urban settings, help keep working forests working through the Forest Legacy Program, and work with many partners to promote healthy forests on a landscape level. IDL also is the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

The Fire Cache (Fire Cache, Cache, or CDK) is designed for stocking and maintaining wildland firefighting equipment and supplies.  The Fire Cache stores enough supplies and equipment for a force of 1250-1500 firefighters at one time without restocking from outside resources within the National Cache System.  The role of the Fire Cache is to provide logistical support to all requesting state and federal agencies.  Support is primarily directed toward wildland fire suppression activities.  Also supported are local and interagency regional efforts in cases of natural disasters and large projects such as prescribed burning. 

The Assistant Fire Cache Manager works with the fire cache team to achieve time sensitive emergency management objectives. Typical work schedule during the summer months may require employee to work up to 16 hours per shift and up to 14 days on before taking a day off.


  • Monitors daily operations and coordinates cache processes to insure operational effectiveness is in alignment with fluctuating workload and seasonal emphasis.
  • Ensures processes are in place for providing supplies and equipment to requesting entities within specified time parameters to insure emergency operations are not hampered.
  • Coordinates supply deliveries for emergency and non-emergency requests.
  • Provides technical assistance and direction to customers and cache program personnel.
  • Ensures the cache is adequately prepared and stocked with inventory assets sufficient for routine work load and to facilitate initial and extended emergency operations.
  • Researches and procures supplies from a variety of sources to maintain inventory stocking levels and unit capability.
  • Works with co-workers and subordinate employee’s to insure all supplies and equipment are managed; including refurbished according to agency and nationally recognized standards.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Good knowledge of best management practices for land management activities.
  • Experience researching, analyzing and monitoring land management issues in relation to existing federal, state and local laws, rules and practices and making recommendations.
  • Experience serving as a technical resource within an organization on complex programmatic or technical issues, including preparing technical reports; providing guidance to co-workers, the public and other interested parties; and providing recommendations to upper management.
  • Working within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure.
  • Working with the common ordering and dispatching practices associated with wildland firefighting supplies and equipment.
  • Working in a supply warehouse setting; including shipping, receiving, and inventory storage.
  • Identifying and working with National Fire Equipment System (NFES) supplies and equipment.
  • Analyzing database outputs, identifying program issues and making recommendations.
  • Preparing written reports addressing work related issues.
  • Entering and retrieving data using a computerized records system.
  • Using a personal computer for generating reports.
  • Working with different groups, individuals and interests to develop understanding, acceptance and support for a program.
  • Working in an interagency emergency management environment.
  • Supervising subordinate personnel to achieve programmatic objectives.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in Fire Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehouse Management or Business Administration.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the re-engineered Incident Cache Business System (ICBS-r) database currently utilized within the National Cache Community.
  • Possess a Red Card rating; Crew Boss/Unit Leader/Section Chief or other Logistics related function(s).

Examination:  Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 53 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. Applicants who do not Apply Online will receive written notification.

To preview the exam, click on the Preview Exam link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.  If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, you must respond to the exam questions on this announcement and complete a State of Idaho Application.  For a paper application, click on Forms at the top of the screen.

When completing your online application information, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Coeur d'Alene under "Cities."

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist.  The items in the Application Checklist include: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, Job type.  Without this information your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.

Hiring Lists:

If your name has been certified to a hiring list for possible consideration, you will see it listed in the Hiring Lists section of your online application. Supervisors review application materials prior to scheduling interviews. Those applicants who will be offered an interview may receive a phone call, letter or email to schedule a time, be sure your contact information is up to date and accurate. Having your name certified to a hiring list is not a guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview, it simply means you are one of the applicants being considered.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Department of Lands!


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