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300 N. 6th Street, P.O. Box 83720
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Real Estate Services

Lands Program Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: August 18, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Announcement # 01061065749
Salary Range: $22.68 - $25.92 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise


This Job Announcement has been extended through Saturday, September 30, 2017. 

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recruiting for a VAFO/Real Estate Services Specialist to join a dynamic team of professionals.  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 primary duties of this Lands Program Specialist position will be to support a multi-year process to dispose of and acquire state endowment trust lands.  Other important duties will include due diligence related to land exchanges between IDL and private or governmental entities, and other real property transactions.

The Lands Program Specialist will provide technical, administrative and strategic support for the real estate transaction process.   This support will include database management, document development and review, project tracking, report development, contractor and resource coordination (including appraisers, surveyors, title companies, environmental consultants, and auctioneers), task team leadership, scheduling, leading and organizing internal and external meetings,  responding to inquiries from applicants and the public.

This position requires interaction with many outside groups, and will serve as a departmental liaison to internal clients, buyers, sellers, state, federal and local governments, industry, and the public, with a goal to develop understanding, acceptance and support for efforts within a variety of state endowment trust land programs.

Efforts will be focused primarily within IDL’s Boise staff office, but could include project work in other Supervisory Areas across Idaho.  Incumbents may travel up to 10-20% of the time with occasional overnight stays required.

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.


  • Conducting transactional due diligence related to the acquisition, disposition and exchange of land.
  • Interacting and communicating with co-workers, the public, interested parties, government agencies and elected officials regarding real estate and land management issues.
  • Using database management systems for data collection, tracking and reporting in support of land management activities.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in real estate, natural resource management, physical or biological science, business or public administration.
  • Experience developing and implementing procedures and processes that support the acquisition, disposition and exchange of land.
  • At least two (2) years of work experience using Microsoft Excel, Access, Word and Outlook.
  • Experience in planning, supporting and leading efforts within large-scale, multi-year projects.

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 58 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 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.  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"
  • Boise 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.