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Geotechnical Specialist

Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: August 17, 2017 - September 21, 2017
Announcement # 01061002829
Salary Range: $23.60 - $26.74 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recruiting for a Geotechnical Specialist to join a dynamic team of technical professionals to work on projects involving fish-passable stream crossing design, slope stability assessments, and rock pit development.  This position is located at the IDL Staff Office 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 Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is charged by the Idaho Legislature with administering a number of programs designed to protect the natural resources vital to the well-being of Idaho citizens. All of these IDL programs have some level of need for specialists to provide technical expertise.  The IDL Interdisciplinary Team consists of specialized professionals who work with land managers to provide geotechnical, hydrological, and fisheries solutions to aid in IDL’s missions to professionally and prudently manage Idaho’s endowment assets.  These interdisciplinary team specialists provide technical assistance to state forestland managers, state rangeland managers, and fire suppression managers, ensuring that the agency is carrying out its management tasks in a technically sound manner to protect and sustain the natural resources of Idaho’s endowment assets.  IDL is seeking a Geotechnical Specialist to join a dynamic team of technical professionals to work on projects involving fish-passable stream crossing design, slope stability assessments, and rock pit development.  This position is located at the IDL Staff Office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Responsibilities:

  • Collect and organize scientific and land management data with specific relation to road planning, design, construction, and maintenance in geologically unstable areas
  • Respond to, and provide recommended solutions for, requested geotechnical issues
  • Provide guidance and training to internal and external customers to expand skills in geotechnical evaluations, road infrastructure maintenance, and other geotechnical realms as needed
  • Develop and maintain databases, utilize standard analysis techniques, utilize GIS software when appropriate
  • Develop stream crossing recommendations and design. Implement civil construction design standards. Provide construction oversight and monitoring
  • Design and conduct monitoring projects to evaluate and predict impacts of management activities
  • Within the realm of geotechnical land management, establish guidelines for state or private natural resource operations
  • Conduct slope stability analyses, and soil mechanics evaluations
  • Oversee rock mechanics analyses, soil and rock testing, and subsurface exploration
  • Conduct surveying for road design and rock pit development
  • Provide recommendations for landslide stabilization and repair
  • Develop and deliver technical reports including maps/illustrations documenting analysis results and project recommendations

Minimum Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of slope stability, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, soil and rock testing, subsurface exploration, hydrogeology, civil construction design standards, construction monitoring, loss prevention, surveying, road design, rock pit development, and landslide repair
  • 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; making oral presentations, and providing recommendations to upper management
  • Good knowledge of best management practices for land management activities
  • Experience in collecting and organizing scientific and land management data with specific relation to road planning, design, construction, and maintenance in geologically unstable areas
  • Experience developing and maintaining databases, utilize standard analysis techniques, utilize a Geographic Information System (GIS) when appropriate, design and conduct monitoring projects to evaluate and predict impacts of management activities and establish technical land management guides for state or private natural resource operations
Special Requirement:
  • Travel up to 30% of the time throughout the state with occasional overnight stays required

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of slope stability
  • Experience in transportation network analysis/planning
  • Experience in forest engineering, especially operations analysis and tactical planning for atypical topography (dissected topography requiring multi-system yarding)
  • Experience in construction monitoring
  • Experience with design software
  • Experience designing fish passable stream crossings
  • Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of geology
  • Bachelors degree or higher in geology, engineering or related field

Examination: Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide.  A minimum rating of 59 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (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. 

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

 

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