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Lands Resource Specialist - Forest Management - Orofino

Idaho Department of Lands

Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Orofino, ID

Job Description:

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invites applications for the position of:


Lands Resource Specialist - Forest Management - Orofino


SALARY: $21.86 - $24.86 Hourly

DEPARTMENT: Department of Lands

OPENING DATE: 06/10/22

CLOSING DATE: 07/01/22 11:59 PM


The Department of Lands has two (2) openings for a Lands Resource Specialist - Forest Management position. These positions will be located at our Clearwater Supervisory area office in Orofino, Idaho.


Minimum salary $21.86 per hour, rate of pay of will depend on qualifications and experience.


The Lands Resource Specialist position is used for training purposes for the Lands Resource Specialist, Senior. Through various types of on-the-job training, the employee will learn to carry out the duties of a Lands Resource Specialist, Senior including learning state laws and department policies and procedures.


After successful completion of the Lands Resource Specialist training plan (this will take between six (6) months and five (5) years, depending on experience) the employee will advance to a Lands Resource Specialist, Senior. This advancement may include a pay increase.


Starting rate of pay will be determined using the employees' experience and educational levels as answered in the supplemental questionnaire.


This position is necessary for the Clearwater Area to meet its forest management objectives as currently outlined in the FAMP as well as help to administer all other programs within the Area.


On the ground management includes office and field responsibilities for timber sale preparation, timber sale administration, road maintenance, forest management projects, hazard management projects, forest inventory work and development, securing road easements for access to endowment land and administering and coordinating multiple Road Use and Land Use permits.


Also included would be working closely with the regional Lands Resource Specialist, Lands and Waterways and the Area Manager on administering all other programs associated with the department in their respective unit. Interaction with the general public as well as purchasers and contractors are a key part of this job.



Forest Management:


Prepares timber sale projects in the field to include:

Establishing project boundaries

Developing silvicultural prescriptions

Determining logging systems

Designing /maintaining road systems

Timber marking and cruising

Prepares forest improvement projects in the field to include:


Herbicide site preparation

Broadcast burning

Pre-commercial thinning

Road maintenance

Land surveying

Prepares timber sale and forest improvement project documentation to include:

Writing project descriptions

Building GIS project maps

Compiling timber cruise data

Determining logging and road construction costs

Timber sale appraisal

Preparing contract terms

Developing a hazard management plan

Administers timber sale and forest improvement projects for compliance with management objectives, contract terms, Department policy, and applicable laws

Administers grazing leases

Supervising others

Participates in fire suppression and prescribed burn programs






Minimum Qualifications Notice:


You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. If it is a written answer, please make sure you answer each question with enough detail to determine how you meet the requirements. Do not put “See resume” as your answer to written questions. Answer each written question thoroughly. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.



Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience through technical reports, business correspondence, and oral presentations

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps and analyze spatial data

Some Knowledge of:

State and federal laws, rules and regulations in relation to natural resource management activities

Methods used to evaluate projects and/or data, analyzing alternatives, and making recommendations

Public land survey legal descriptions, aerial photos and topographic and property ownership maps

Financial analysis methods used to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions or proposals to choose the most appropriate one

Specialty Minimum Qualifications:

Forest management principles including:

Silvicultural principles

Forest mensuration

Dendrology, Systematic Botany or Plant Identification

Forest entomology and Pathology

Forest harvest methods

Soils, Physical Geology or Soil Ecosystems


Possession of a valid driver's license.


Desirable Qualifications:


Project Management and budgeting including priorities, developing project budgets, allocating resources, monitoring progress and evaluating results

Some knowledge:

With Timber Markets

Using and managing databases

Possession of:

Degree in Natural Resource Management

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.


Veterans' Preference:

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


Supplemental Questions Instructions:

Per IDAPA 15.04.01, only the top 25 applicants will be provided to the hiring manager.


The top 25 will be determined by the answers applicants provide in the supplemental questions. A subject matter expert (SME) will review each answer and determine if the applicant meets the qualifications described in each question.


Work experience must include: positions held, dates of employment, and responsibilities/duties performed. Education and/or training must include: field of course work, degree title, and additional applicable coursework.


Please contact the IDL careers at for questions regarding the application process.



Overtime/Vacation Accrual/FLSA:


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) code for this position is Professional (P) Based on the FLSA code for this position, compensatory time will accrue at a rate of 1 hour for every 1 hour of overtime worked. Vacation accrual is based on the FLSA code and accrual rates can be found at: (Exception: Employees engaged in Fire Suppression activities for which overtime hours are earned will be paid at the rate of 1.5 times the hourly rate for each one hour of overtime worked. Payment will be made on the regular pay date corresponding to the pay period in which the overtime work occurred.)




About IDL:

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 forest lands, 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.







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