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


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Forest Management - Federal Programs

Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: June 6, 2017 - June 27, 2017
Announcement # 01061012341
Salary Range: $24.30 - $27.54 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

The Idaho Department of Lands has an opening for a Forest Management Program Specialist -  Federal Programs in 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.


  • Review, plan, and implement proposed forest and watershed restoration activities under the Good Neighbor Authority Agreement between UDSA Forest Service Regions One/Four and the Idaho Department of Lands.
  • Serve as program representative to other agencies, the public, industry, and other outside groups.
  • Serve as team lead for preparation and administer contracts related to environmental planning and restoration on federal lands.
  • Ensure compliance and consistency with federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Assist with planning and reporting of program budgets.
  • Assist with development of program agreements, policies, and procedures.
  • May provide supervision of seasonal personnel.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of best management practices for land management activities
  • Researching, analyzing and monitoring land management issues in relation to existing federal, state and local laws, rules and practices and making recommendations
  • 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 Inland Northwest forests and the related silvicultural practices and principles
  • Making recommendations and writing technical reports in forest management topics
  • Working with various groups, individuals and interests to develop understanding, acceptance and support for a program
  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), especially ESRI type products (Arcview Arc GIS)
  • Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and electronic data recording devices
  • Reading legal descriptions, maps, and using a standard compass

Good Knowledge of:

  • Forest genetics, tree improvement and forest regeneration methods
  • Forest stand dynamics, forest economics
  • Cadastral surveying
  • Contract preparation and administration
  • Federal and state environmental protection laws and regulations

 Desirable Qualifications:

  • Training and/or experience in timber sale layout, silvicultural and harvest systems, and contract administration and development
  • Training and/or experience in project management and budgeting including; establishing priorities, allocating resources, monitoring progress, and evaluating results
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Forestry or Forestry/Science

Special Requirement:

  • Travel at least 30% of time

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has the ability to coordinate and work with diverse statewide forestry interests, federal agency and industry representatives, public and state officials
  • Has the ability to adapt to ever changing work priorities
  • Has the ability to clearly understand the technical and policy aspects of issues
  • Has an understanding of political influences relating to natural resource management
  • Has the ability to conduct presentations on pertinent forest management topics
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Possesses strong forest management and silviculture background and experience
  • Has knowledge of federal environmental protection laws and regulations


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 80 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, 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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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.