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



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Forest Management

Lands Resource Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: August 31, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Announcement # 01073053185
Salary Range: $19.04 - $21.58 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coolin

 The Department of Lands has one (1) opening for a Lands Resource Specialist (LRS) - Forest Management out of our Priest Lake Supervisory Area office in Coolin.

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 – Forest Management. 

If you feel you are qualified at the Senior level, we encourage you to apply for the LRSS - Forest Management as well under announcement #01074064984.

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.


Prepares timber sale projects in the field to include:

  • Establishing project boundaries
  • Developing silvicultural prescriptions
  • Determining logging systems
  • Designing road systems
  • Timber marking and cruising

Prepares forest improvement projects in the field to include:

  • Planting
  • Herbicide site preparation
  • Broadcast burning
  • Precommercial thinning
  • Road maintenance
  • Land surveying

Prepares timber sale and forest improvement project documentation to include:

  • Writing project descriptions
  • Building GIS project maps
  • Compiling timber cruise data
  • Determining logging and road construction costs
  • Timber sale appraisal
  • Preparing contract terms
  • Developing a hazard management plan
  • Administer timber sale and forest improvement projects for compliance with management objectives, contract terms, Department policy and state laws
  • Supervision of seasonal personnel
  • Participate in fire suppression and prescribed burn programs

Minimum Requirements:


  • 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
  • Forest management principles
  • Silvicultural principles
  • Forest mensuration
  • Dendrology
  • Forest harvest methods
  • Soils
  • Forest engineering principles including road location, design and construction
  • Forest entomology
  • Forest pathology

Possession of:

  • A valid driver's license

Special Requirements:

  • Arduous work, outside in extreme conditions at times

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Supervising others
  • Project management and budgeting

Some knowledge:

  • With timber markets
  • Using and managing databases

Possession of:

  • Degree in Natural Resource 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 59 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 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"
  • Coolin 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.

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


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