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Department of Lands

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


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Geographic Information System Specialist

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: March 30, 2017 - April 26, 2017
Announcement # 03324096896
Salary Range: $16.50-$17.75 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

This position is a permanent .67 position (average of 30 hours a week).  

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.

General Information:

This position is a permanent .67 position (average of 30 hours a week) and some overnight travel is expected.


  • Provide basic GIS support to GIS analysts working on geospatial analyses, geodatabase development, or other larger geospatial projects.
  • Perform GIS services including data editing, map generation, data analysis, and data migration to aid in finding spatial solutions for IDL natural resources managers.
  • Respond to, and provide solutions for, GIS Help Desk requests.
  • Provide guidance and training to GIS end users.
  • Develop and deliver GIS mapping services and maps/illustrations.
  • Work closely with IDL internal customers to design and implement geospatial products.
  • Contribute to working-group teams in the development of geodatabase solutions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Some knowledge of GIS principles and data models including analysis, data capture and GIS software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS).
  • Experience:
    • Performing geospatial data processing and computerized cartography.
    • Interpreting and using maps and map projections.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in aiding in the design and development of geodatabases.
  • Experience applying GIS analyses in environmental or natural resources planning and analysis.
  • Working with linear-referencing systems.
  • Experience in processing, and doing analysis on, aerial photos or high-resolution imagery.
  • Experience with spatial data collection and using GPS tools.
  • Associate’s degree or higher in geography, geographic information system technology, information systems or related field.

IDEAL CANDIDATE should possess strong GIS technical skills; ability to coordinate and work with diverse statewide natural resources managers, good analytical and problem-solving skills; clear understanding of the technical aspects of geospatial issues related to natural resource management; experience working with ESRI software systems and tools; and the ability to convey strong verbal, written and illustrative communication skills.

Examination: Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must also include a detailed and customized resume or work history that supports your responses.  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.  To preview the exam, click on the Preview Exam link below.  (You will not be able to take the exam from this screen.)  

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. 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 updating your online application information, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Part-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Coeur d'Alene 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 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 the Idaho Department of Lands!


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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.