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Mechanic - Limited Service


Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: July 3, 2017 - July 31, 2017
Announcement # 06347007959
Salary Range: $15.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

This Job Announcement has been extended through Monday, July 31, 2017.  

Limited Service Position - one (1) year

To be considered for this position, you must select "Limited Service" under Application Checklist Item #6 (Job Type/Shift) of your application.

The Department of Lands has one (1) opening for a *Limited Service Mechanic position. The position will work within the infrastructure of the Department of Lands, Bureau of Fire Management. Working as a team member to achieve emergency management objectives is critical. Typical work schedule is 40 hours per week. During the summer months there may be occasional need for employee to work weekends and extended shifts.

Length of limited service appointments are determined by the availability of funds such as grants and/or timeframes such as pilot projects or program termination. Appointments to a limited service position have permanent classified status (with limited layoff rights) after successful completion of entrance probation and shall receive, no later than the date of hire, a written agreement describing the non-career nature of the job and the duration of employment. Updated agreements are required every two (2) years. The length of this limited service appointment is expected to end on June 14, 2018.

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.


  • This position will primarily be a welding position with a heavy emphasis on fabrication and some machinist and basic mechanic duties.
  • Operates equipment such as loaders and forklifts.
  • Uses plans, diagrams, blueprints, and work requests to determine project design, and works with requester to insure needs are met.
  • Determines metals needed, welding methods, and particulars of job requests.
  • Designs, lays-out, and cuts special parts or designs jigs to develop items.
  • Figures angle, length, diameter, and weight of metals for specific jobs and heats, tempers, straightens, and shapes metals.
  • Prepares and cleans surfaces and special parts for welding.
  • Repairs heavy equipment such as loaders, forklifts, and fabricates repair parts using lathes, milling machines, shavers, and various welders, torches, metal shears, presses, benders and rollers, air tools, saws, and drill presses.
  • Constructs or fabricates mechanical parts and tools.
  • Cleans, maintains and repairs tools and shop equipment.
  • Completes and maintains records and reports of materials, and time and costs involved in completing projects.
  • Working as team member in an interagency environment to support Wildfire Suppression and/or All Risk objectives; including after hours and weekend on-call, shop duty officer rotations & supply deliveries.
  • Position will at times require in the field repairs of fire engines and equipment.
  • Job related travel as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver's license.

Good knowledge of:

  • Methods and standard practices of the welding and machinist trades; various metals and alloys.
  • Safety precautions and procedures relating to mechanical equipment and repair shops; the use, care, and disposal of hazardous automotive material and waste.
  • Safety precautions and procedures relating to fabrication, welding and repairs.
  • Tools, equipment, and infrastructure typical to fabrication, welding and repair shops.
  • Identification, use, care, and disposal of hazardous fabrication related materials and waste.


  • Diagnosing and repairing gasoline and/or diesel automotive and construction type equipment; using mechanics' tools and related specialized equipment to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of engines and related drive train, electrical, and hydraulic systems; preparing records and reports; diagnosing and repairing electronic and computer controlled motor vehicle systems; reading and interpreting technical service manuals.
  • Utilizing the tools and equipment common in the welding and machinist trades to fabricate, fit, assemble, manufacture, and repair parts and equipment; working from blueprints and plans and specifications to determine dimensions, tolerances, and layout of work; determining proper welding techniques for various alloys; operating and maintaining metal-removing machines, metal forming equipment, machine tools and a variety of welding devices.

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 56 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"
  • Limited Service under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Coeur d'Alene 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

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.