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Boise, Idaho


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Assistant Fire Warden

Lands Resource Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: October 10, 2017 - November 10, 2017
Announcement # 01073029741
Salary Range: $19.04 - $21.58 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for a Lands Resource Specialist (LRS) with a specialty of Fire Management.  We have an opening in our Southwest Supervisory Area office in Boise, Idaho. 

The Lands Resource Specialist position is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Lands Resource Specialist, Senior. Through various types of on-the-job training, the employee will learn to carry out the duties of a Lands Resource Specialist, Senior (LRSS.)   Typically the Senior level requires 2-5 years of experience as a Lands Resource Specialist or equivalent work experience.  Lands Resource Specialists are expected to apply his/her technical knowledge and training while learning the state laws and department policies and procedures necessary to achieve the expertise and independence of the journeyman level LRSS – Fire Management.  If you feel you are qualified at the Senior level, we encourage you to apply for the LRSS - Fire Management as well under announcement #01074036652. 

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.


  • Provide for and assist with hiring, training, and supervising firefighting personnel to perform in an arduous work environment; perform as Incident Commander on Type 4/5 wildland fires.
  • Provide leadership to ensure fire readiness and safety of personnel and equipment.
  • Act as District Fire Duty Officer in coordination with the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.
  • Respond and assume duty within 30 minutes to reported fire emergencies.  
  • Instruct wildland fire training courses; conduct safety sessions and after-action reviews.
  • Assist in administration of the Idaho Fire Hazard Reduction laws and the Idaho Forest Practices Act; maintain private fire assessment, prepare timely reports, conduct inspections, and process fund adjustments.
  • Assist in preparing hazard reduction plans related to timber sale activities; project cost estimates, and other technical reports.
  • Coordinate needs of other Area functions (timber, range) relating to non-fire resource management projects.
  • Prepare, coordinate, and execute prescribed burn projects.
  • Maintain facilities and vehicle fleet; prepare necessary operating agreements, inventory, budget, and maintenance reports.
  • Work closely with Fire Service Organizations; contracting, equipment, and training needs.
  • Prepare and administer miscellaneous forest management contracts.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience through technical reports, business correspondence, and oral presentations.
  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps and analyze spatial data.

Some knowledge of:

  • State and federal laws, rules and regulations in relation to land management and negotiating contracts, lease terms and agreements;
  • Methods used to evaluate projects and data, resulting in the analysis of alternatives and the making of recommendations;
  • Public land survey legal descriptions, aerial photos and topographic and property ownership maps;
  • Financial analysis methods used to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions or proposals to choose the most appropriate one;
  • Computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets and/or databases;
  • Fire management principles;
  • Fire behavior;
  • Fire suppression techniques;
  • Fuel reduction techniques;
  • Fire dispatching procedures;
  • Silvicultural principles and soils (managing fire effects on soils and vegetation);
  • Operating and maintaining firefighting equipment;
  • National Fire Danger Rating System;
  • National Fire Management Analysis (FPA) System.
  • NWCG Single Resource Boss or higher incident qualification.

Must Possess:

  • A valid driver's license.

Special Requirement:

  • Working on call during high fire danger period of the fire season, long shifts can be expected.

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Associate's degree or higher in fire ecology, fire effects, fire management, fire science, or closely related land management field, such as forestry or range management.

Experience With:

  • Contract Administration.

Some Knowledge Of:

  • Forest Management.

Examination:  Education and Experience: 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 61 is needed to pass this examination.  

To preview the examination click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. If you wish to take the exam, click on the Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

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"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist.  The items in the Application Checklist includes: 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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