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Department of Agriculture

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


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Maintenance Craftsman

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: July 14, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Announcement # 06634057265
Salary Range: $13.38 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 Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Maintenance Craftsman located in the Boise office. If you have already applied under announcement #06634019100, you are still being considered for the position and do not need to apply again.

General Information:

Incumbent will supervise and work with janitorial staff and support the building maintenance foreman. Ideal candidates will have mechanical, general electrical, plumbing, and painting skills. 


  • Electrical: Maintains and repairs panels, circuits, wiring, receptacles, and switches; Replaces motors, fans, lights, starters, ballasts, and auxiliary heat systems; Repairs extension cords; changes light bulbs; assists journeyman electricians in new installations.
  • Plumbing: Maintains and repairs faucets, sinks, drains, toilets, tubs, water heaters and water service and drain lines; unplugs drain systems; repairs leaks and installs washers; cuts and threads or sweats pipe; repairs pipes on heat systems; assists journeyman plumbers in the installation and remodeling of plumbing systems.
  • Carpentry: Builds partitions and walls, installs windows, door frames, stairways and railings; hangs doors; repairs damaged wall surfaces; builds and sets forms and pours and finishes concrete; builds fences and gates.
  • HVAC: Maintains and repairs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; monitors boiler room by reading gauges for pressure and records in log book; checks and repairs leaks in heating/cooling systems; replaces thermostats, control and zone valves and power heads; changes/washes filters. 
  • Maintain parking areas.
  • Explain priorities for completion of projects; resolve problems associated with staff assignments; schedule jobs to be accomplished; insure safe working conditions for customers and staff; train others in proper and safe way to perform custodial services and operate/maintain equipment; review work to insure compliance with standards; keep records of employees' hours worked; inventory and order supplies and materials; insure room availability and event schedules are followed.
  • Perform and lead others in heavy-duty cleaning of offices, locker rooms, and lavatories; clean, sanitize, and polish bath, lavatory, shower, and sink fixtures; dust, mop, wax, shampoo furniture, woodwork, walls, windows, and glass; remove waste and debris; select products and cleaning compounds measure and mix compounds, disinfectants, and sanitizing agents and applies them according to procedures or manufacturers' specifications;  sweep, strip, seal, and wax floors; set up tables, chairs, and similar items for events; remove adhesives, tiles, and carpet; refinish floors and prepares them for re-carpeting or special flooring; move furniture, appliances, and other heavy items; sets up and climbs ladders and scaffolding; shovel snow; maintains sprinkler systems; mow lawns, trimwork, outside clean-up, and report building maintenance needs.
  • Operate scrubbing, buffing, shampooing, vacuuming, and wet/dry pickup machines; perform routine and preventative maintenance on cleaning equipment; finish floors using sanders, strippers, and final finishers; use snow blowers, mowers, forklifts, tractors, snowplows, saws, hysters, dollies, and carts; replace belts, brushes, and bearings in power equipment; insure that floor and building area is secured including doors locked and lights and appliances off.
  • Conducts preventative maintenance on building devices and systems.
  • Maintains hand and power tools associated with mechanics, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and general building maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Some knowledge of heating and cooling system maintenance and repair
  • Experience performing semi-skilled maintenance and repair involving carpentry, plumbing, electrical and general building maintenance trades work
  • Experience using and maintaining tools and equipment normally associated with carpentry, mechanics, plumbing, and electrical work

Specialty Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.

  • A valid driver's license 

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.  

Examination: The examination is a rating of your education and experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 77 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 at the bottom of this page (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 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 State 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.