Lands Resource Specialist

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Navigable Waters ProgramLands Resource SpecialistDepartment of Lands
Open for Recruitment: October 2, 2018 - October 23, 2018
Announcement # 01073046034
Salary Range: $19.61 ? $21.50 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s): Sandpoint
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is recruiting for one (1) Lands Resource Specialist (LRS) with a specialty of Navigable Waters. This position is located at our Pend Oreille Lake Supervisory Area office in Sandpoint. The Lands Resource Specialist position is used for recruitment and 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 (LRSS.) Typically the Senior level requires 2-5 years of experience as a Lands Resource Specialist or equivalent work experience. Lands Resource Specialists are expected to apply his/her technical knowledge and training while learning the state laws and department policies and procedures necessary to achieve the expertise and independence of the journeyman level LRSS ? Navigable Waters. If you feel you are qualified at the Senior level, we encourage you to apply for the LRSS - Navigable Waters as well under announcement #01074006386.
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.
The primary duty of this Lands and Waterways Resource Specialist position is to administer the Lake Protection Act within the Pend Oreille Lake Supervisory Area through encroachment permitting, submerged land leasing and regulatory enforcement. Duties will include permit and easement term development, contract term enforcement and natural resource management and analysis. The incumbent may occasionally be requested to help support these activities in other supervisory area offices. Incumbents are responsible for reviewing and processing encroachment permit applications ranging from single-family docks and rip-rap projects to commercial marinas and other jurisdictional activities. Guidance for these activities is provided through existing law and established Department procedures. Project work will also include the development of lease provisions for submerged lands, endowment lands and the enforcement of permit and lease terms. The position requires interaction with outside groups, serving as departmental liaison to industry and local jurisdictions, and interacting with the public to develop understanding, acceptance and support for IDL's regulatory functions and State endowment land management.
Minimum Qualifications:
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:
State and federal laws, rules and regulations in relation to land management and negotiating contracts, lease terms and agreements
Methods used to evaluate projects and data, resulting in the analysis of alternatives and the making of 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
Computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets and/or databases
Public trust land or other public resource regulation or management
Processes for issuing permits, leases and/or easements
Hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and riparian soils and vegetation
Land use planning and zoning
Possession of:
A valid driver's license.
Desirable Qualifications:
Possession of a degree in a Natural Resource Science, Geology, or Environmental Engineering
Experience and training with conflict resolution
Experience with permitting or lease administration
Experience with oral presentations or public speaking.
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 66 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"
Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
Sandpoint 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.

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