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Geotechnical Field Inspector

Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: November 2, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Announcement # 01061053148
Salary Range: $24.54 - $27.68 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recruiting for a Geotechnical Field Inspector to join a dynamic team of technical professionals to work on projects involving the oil and gas industry. This position is located at the IDL Staff Office in Boise, 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 Boise, Idaho.


  • Collect and organize scientific and land management data with specific relation to Oil and Gas operations
  • Provide regular inspections of Oil and Gas field operations including those involving well construction, drilling, production, plug and abandonment and processing
  • Provide regular inspection of gathering and processing facilities
  • Develop and supervise the processes for entry of Oil and Gas inspection information and historical well data in RBDMS.
  • Work with Program Manager and Information Analyst to develop electronic forms for capturing and entering inspection data to RBDMS
  • Witness and sign off on well construction operations and procedures as defined in rules and statutes.  Familiarity with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) as defined by Idaho rules and statutes
  • Attend and participate in national meetings and conferences pertaining to RBDMS and other oil and gas database software as needed
  • Respond to complaints from the general public, oil and gas industry, and other governmental agencies regarding noise, odors, and spills associated with well construction and production operations
  • Research, locate, inspect and report on the condition of historical oil and gas wells in the state of Idaho
  • Ensures that companies comply with agency rules, agency orders and permit stipulations through field investigations.
  • Writes non-compliance letters, prepares reports and hearing exhibits, and provides testimony at hearings
  • Interacts with other state and federal agency officials as well as law enforcement personnel
  • Helps develop and review new regulations
  • Analyzes, examines and evaluates documents to determine compliance with adopted codes
  • Witnesses tests and operations
  • Examines, analyzes, and evaluates building construction plans to be utilized by the public, noting safety factors, and making conclusions and recommendations

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.
  • Good knowledge of Oil and Gas operations, site construction, field infrastructure, Oil and Gas processing and gathering facilities and field
  • 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:

  • Experience working with interagency or local working communities.
  • Interacting and communicating with the public, interested parties, government staff and elected officials regarding business, land and resource management issues.
  • Using database management systems for data collection, tracking and reporting in support of land management oil and gas regulatory activities.
  • Using database management software such as, but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Access or SQL server to collect, compile or analyze data
  • Analyzing database outputs, identifying program issues and making recommendation
  • 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 interest to develop understanding, acceptance and support for a program
  • Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of geology
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in geology 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.

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


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