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Lands Resource Specialist, Senior - Minerals Program

Lands Resource Specialist, Senior

Competition limited to classified employees of:

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: September 13, 2011 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 01074020303
Salary Range: $20.66 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Statewide

This posting is for current Department of Lands employees hired in the Lands Resource Specialist underfill position to qualify for the Lands Resource Specialist, Senior level.

The Lands Resource Specialist, Senior is the journeyman level of the Land Resource Specialist classification and is fully competent in all aspects of the Minerals Program.

The primary duties 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 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 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 duties 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 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:

  • 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.

Must Possess:

  • A valid driver's license.
Examination:  Education and Experience: You must complete the exam independently. 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 70 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 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, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • City in which you are interested in working under "Cities"

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 Department of Lands.

If you have questions about this exam, please contact your Area Manager, Operations Chief, or Human Resources.


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

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.