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P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


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Technical Records Specialist 2

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: March 9, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Announcement # 01103041779
Salary Range: $16.50 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."  

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Technical Records Specialist 2 in the Animal Health Lab. 

This position requires that applicants have a background in or an understanding of basic accounting principles including but not limited to Cash Receipts, Allocations and Payables, Travel Advances, and Reimbursements. If you have already applied under announcement # 01103061598 or 01103095671, you are still being considered for the position and do not need to apply again. 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Perform complex and difficult program support functions for multiple or highly specialized programs
  • Have the authority, knowledge, and judgment to devise solutions that fall outside existing policies and procedures
  • Problem solving and negotiation skills with authority to act on decisions made
  • Serve as a program expert and provide guidance and assistance regarding complex program rules and regulations to office staff and external customers
  • Frequent contact with internal and external customers, which requires good public relation skills
  • Function with considerable independence and exercise discretion in applying policies and procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of department programs and objectives
  • Extensive knowledge of office functions and management

Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

This position requires one year of work experience in each of the following:

  • Monitoring record systems to identify and correct errors.
  • Interpreting, explaining, and applying laws, regulations, and complex policies for multiple or highly specialized programs.
  • Analyzing information and researching a variety of sources to identify and resolve problems or issues.
  • Dealing with individuals from varying cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in stressful situations.
  • Composing and proofreading business correspondence.

Applicants must also have six months of work experience:

  • Entering and retrieving data using a computerized record system. 

Specialty Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement 

  • Experience using word processing software (such as Microsoft Word) and equipment at the rate of 40 wpm or more and produce merged documents, specialized tables, reports (columns), correspondence, forms (creating and using templates), and graphics.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.


Part 1 - Minimum Qualifications (Pass/Fail).

Part 2 - Multiple-Choice Written Exam (100%). If you meet the minimum qualifications as shown in Part 1, you will receive a Pass score and can then take Part 2 (the online written examination). You must receive a Pass on Part 1 and a minimum score of 60 on Part 2 in order to be put on the register for this position. Both Part 1 and Part 2 must be completed by the closing date of this announcement.  Notification of your test results will be available online once you have completed each part of the exam.

To preview the minimum qualifications screening exam (Part 1), click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to answer the questions from this screen). If you wish to proceed, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

The multiple-choice written examination (Part 2) for this position can only be taken once every three months. Once you apply and take the exam, you can reapply when your score expires. At that time you will need to retake the written examination.

Please do not attempt to take the exam using a phone or tablet, as those devices are not currently supported.

This is a timed exam.  You will have 60 minutes to complete this exam.  It is recommended that you do not start this exam if there is a chance you will be interrupted.  Once you hit the start exam button, your time will continue to count down until your 60 minutes is up.   If you do not complete the exam within the 60 minutes, you will have to wait until your three months is up before you can take the exam again.

   View Sample Written Exam Questions

How to Apply: Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist, the Minimum Qualifications (Part 1), and the on-line Written Exam (Part 2) for this position. 
When completing your online application information, please select:
  • Department of Agriculture under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift" 
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. This includes:

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Cities
  • Agencies
  • Job type  

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.  

Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Department of Agriculture!


Preview Exam

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.