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300 N. 6th Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho


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Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 23, 2017 - March 23, 2017
Announcement # 01061008922
Salary Range: $23.60 - $25.02 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

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/wildlife 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 Fish and/or Wildlife Biologist to join a dynamic team of technical professionals to develop and implement solutions for complex resource management related issues. This position is located at the IDL Staff Office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

General Information:

This position requires the ability to walk in rugged terrain in all weather conditions and lift and carry equipment or materials weighing up to 60 pounds. Some overnight travel is expected.


  • Develops and implements monitoring programs to analyze impacts of land management practices on fish and/or wildlife habitat.
  • Represents the department on interagency committees regarding fish and/or wildlife related issues.
  • Uses habitat indicators and field surveys to accurately describe fish and/or wildlife distributions.
  • Provides information and training regarding fishery and wildlife resources to land managers and the public.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets life history, habitat, and research data for various fish and/or wildlife species and prepares technical reports.
  • Provides technical fish and/or wildlife management consultation in assessing potential impacts from forest, range, and other land management activities.
  • Reviews and comments on environmental impact statements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with interagency or local working committees.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of statistical methods and data analysis.
  • Good knowledge of fish ecology, ichthyology, limnology, aquatic insects, riparian function, stream forms and processes (i.e. fish habitat) in mountainous forested environments, watershed scale water quality assessment and monitoring techniques, and forest hydrology.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting life history, habitat, and research data for various fish and/or wildlife species and preparing technical reports.
    Good knowledge of Wildlife Biology or Landscape Ecology principles and practices, and how they relate to special status species.
  • Experience developing technical land management guides for state and private forest land (Policy Development); experience preparing technical reports and providing technical information to develop and implement conservation strategies for priority forest dwelling and Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species.
  • Develop and maintain databases, utilize standard analysis.
  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Fishery, Wildlife, Natural Resources Management, or closely related field.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will have demonstrated an ability to coordinate and work with natural resources managers with diverse backgrounds; a clear understanding of the technical aspects of fishery and/or wildlife issues related to natural resource management; experience working with ESRI software systems and tools; and the ability to convey strong verbal, written and illustrative communication skills.

Examination:  Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 52 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the examination for this position, click on "Preview Exam" below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "How to Apply."

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. 

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 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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