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Private Forestry Specialist
Lands Resource Specialist
Open for Recruitment: April 11, 2017 - May 9, 2017
Announcement # 01073044515
$19.04 - $21.58 per hour
-Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s): Coeur d'Alene, Deary, Sandpoint
The Department of Lands has three (3) permanent .67 positions (average of 30 hours a week) openings in the Lands Resource Specialist (LRS) - Private Forestry Specialist Classification
One (1) in our Pend Oreille Lake Supervisory Area in Sandpoint
One (1) in our MICA Supervisory Area in Coeur d'Alene
One (1) in our Ponderosa Supervisory Area in Deary
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 – Private Forestry Assistance Specialist. If you feel you are qualified at the Senior level, we encourage you to apply for the LRSS - Private Forestry Assistance as well under announcement #01074095470.
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.
- Provides technical assistance to private landowners and agencies in planting, growing, protecting and harvesting forest resources;
- Conducts inspections on logging operations for compliance with the Idaho Forest Practices Act (FPA);
- Issues Stop Work Orders, Cease and Repair Orders, and Notices of Violation;
- Provides information and technical assistance to private landowners on cost share programs;
- Conducts presentations, lectures and discussions with loggers, landowners and students;
- May also represent IDL on committees or at public meetings;
- Conducts regular field inspections and occasionally work long shifts;
- Participates in wildfire suppression response as needed.
- Interpreting and applying state and federal laws, rules and regulations in relation to land management and negotiating contracts, lease terms and agreements;
- Preparing contract or lease terms based on site specific conditions and proposed operations;
- Administering contracts including field inspections, compliance reporting, and implementing corrective action as necessary;
- Evaluating projects and/or data, analyzing alternatives, and making recommendations;
- Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience through technical reports, business correspondence, and oral presentations;
- Providing technical assistance, training, and program information to management, clients or public groups;
- Interpreting public land survey legal descriptions, aerial photos and topographic and property ownership maps;
- Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps and analyze spatial data;
- Performing financial analyses to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions or proposals to choose the most appropriate one.
Good Knowledge of:
- Forest management principles;
- Silvicultural principles;
- Forest mensuration;
- Forest engineering principles including road location, design and construction;
- Forest harvest methods;
Some Knowledge of:
- Forest entomology and pathology;
- Water quality protection.
- A valid driver's license.
- Supervising others;
- Managing projects and budgeting including: establishing priorities, developing project budgets, allocating resources, monitoring progress and evaluating results;
- Collecting field data using hand held data recorders.
- With timber markets;
- Using and managing databases.
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 59 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.
- Associate's degree or higher in Forestry.
To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any 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.
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- Department of Lands under "Agencies"
- Part-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
- Deary and/or Coeur d'Alene and/or Sandpoint under "Cities"
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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 Department of Lands!