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Boise, Idaho


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Minerals Program

Lands Resource Specialist, Senior

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: February 9, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Announcement # 01074003537
Salary Range: $21.50 - $24.36 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Idaho Falls

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

Applicants applying at the Senior Level should be able to demonstrate a journeyman-level background with the skills necessary to be able to quickly adapt to IDL-specific policies and procedures.  Applicants may also apply at the Specialist Level.  An applicant hired at the Specialist Level would be expected to quickly and efficiently enhance their existing technical knowledge and training in order to develop, within a defined timeframe, the skills necessary to operate at the Senior Level.

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, Senior (LRSS) position are administration of Idaho’s Surface Mining Act (SMA), Abandoned Mine Lands Program (AML), and endowment trust land mineral leasing.

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

The LRSS reviews mineral lease applications, including those for geothermal and oil & gas, on state endowment trust lands 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 LRSS participates in emergency services as needed.

Minimum Requirements:


  • 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 imagery 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:

  • Mining and reclamation operations.
  • Mineral production and reporting.
  • Soils.
  • Vegetation management associated with mined land reclamation.
  • Best management practices for water quality protection.
  • Weed management.

Some knowledge of:

  • Conflict resolution.
Possession of:
  • A valid driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

Some Knowledge of:

  • The closure and remediation of abandoned mines.
  • State and federal law, rules, and regulations specifically related to surface mining activities.

Possession of a:

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

Examination:  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 67 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

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. When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. This includes: (Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job type.)  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.

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!


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