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


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Navigable Waters Program

Lands Resource Specialist, Senior

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: July 5, 2017 - July 26, 2017
Announcement # 01074078273
Salary Range: $21.58 – $24.36 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coolin

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for one (1) Lands Resource Specialist (LRSS) with a specialty of Navigable Waters at the full-working Senior Level for this position.  This position is located in our Priest Lake Supervisory Area office in Coolin.  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 duty of this open Lands and Waterways Resource Specialist position is to administer the Lake Protection Act within the Priest Lake Supervisory Area through encroachment permitting, submerged land leasing and regulatory enforcement.  Duties will include permit and easement term development, contract term enforcement, and natural resource management and analysis.  The incumbent will also manage some land use permitting and leasing activities at Priest Lake.  The incumbent may occasionally be requested to help support these activities in other supervisory area offices. Incumbents are responsible for reviewing and processing encroachment permit applications ranging from single-family docks and rip-rap projects to commercial marinas and other jurisdictional activities. Guidance for these activities is provided through existing law and established Department procedures. Project work will also include the development of lease provisions for submerged lands, endowment lands and the enforcement of permit and lease terms. The position requires interaction with outside groups, serving as departmental liaison to industry and local jurisdictions, and interacting with the public to develop understanding, acceptance and support for IDL’s regulatory functions and State endowment land management.

State housing may be available for rent with this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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:

  • Public trust land or other public resource regulation or management
  • Processes for issuing permits, leases and/or easements
  • Hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and riparian soils and vegetation

Some knowledge of:

  • Land use planning and zoning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Public hearing processes

Possession of:

  • A valid driver's license  

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possession of a degree in Natural Resource Science, Geology, or Communications
  • Experience and training with conflict resolution
  • Experience with permitting or lease administration
  • Experience with using and managing databases
  • Experience with oral presentations or public speaking

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 75 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.

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.