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Minerals Program

Lands Resource Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 9, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Announcement # 01073070529
Salary Range: $19.04 - $21.58 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Idaho Falls

The Department of Lands is recruiting for a full-time Lands Resource Specialist - Minerals Program in our Eastern Supervisory Area in Idaho Falls.

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.  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 Lands Resource Specialist, Senior– Minerals.  If you feel you are qualified at the Senior level, we encourage you to apply for the Lands Resource Specialist, Senior- Minerals position under announcement #01074003537. 

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 responsibilities of this Lands Resource Specialist (LRS) position are administration of Idaho’s Surface Mining Act (SMA), Abandoned Mine Lands Program (AML), and endowment trust land mineral leasing.

The LRS reviews reclamation plan applications, provides feedback to the operator concerning application completeness, prepares recommendations regarding plan approval or rejection, and conducts field inspections to ensure operational compliance with approved plans.  Current active reclamation plans in the Eastern Idaho Area range from very large phosphate, molybdenum, and gold mines requiring interagency coordination, where the LRSS may serve as facilitator, to small family owned gravel pits.

The LRS inventories abandoned mines, prioritizes mine closures, develops closure plans, coordinates with landowners, and develops and administers contracts for the closure of abandoned mines. 

The LRS reviews mineral lease applications, including those for geothermal and oil & gas, evaluates the economic and operational viability of the proposed mine, negotiates lease provisions including royalty rates, prepares recommendations regarding approval or denial of a lease, reviews and verifies lessee reported production reports, and conducts field inspections to ensure compliance with lease provisions.

Secondary responsibilities may include other Endowment land management activities such as administration of non-mineral leases, easements, water rights, public trust land management and any other duties within the responsibilities of this job classification. The LRS participates in emergency services as needed.

Major responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Reviews, develops recommendations, and administers surface mining reclamation plans. Inventories, develops closure plans, and contracts for closure/remediation of abandoned mines.
  • Inventories, develops closure plans, and contracts for closure/remediation of abandoned mines.
  • Evaluates, develops recommendations and administers mineral leases.
  • Communicates department policy to lessees, contractors, and the general public. Inspects leases, land use permits, reclamation plans, and encroachment permits for compliance.
  • Negotiates lease terms and rates; conducts lease auctions.
  • Participates in non-mineral leasing, easement, water rights and navigable waters programs.
  • Establishes and maintains land management and regulatory records.
  • Participates in department emergency services activities.

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 imagery 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.
  • Mining and reclamation operations.
  • Vegetation management associated with mined land reclamation.
  • Weed management.

.Possession of:

  • A valid driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

Some knowledge of:

  • Mining operations.
  • Closure and/or remediation of abandoned mines including both sub-surface and surface mines.
  • State and federal law, rules, and regulations specifically related to surface mining activities.


  • Or training in the development and/or evaluation of business plans (includes product(s) description, market analysis, finances, projected finances/revenues, viability).

Possession of:

  • Degree in Geology, Earth Sciences, or Mining Engineering.

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 56 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 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. 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"
  • Idaho Falls 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!


Preview Exam

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.