Forest Engineering Lands Program Specialist, Idaho Dept. of Lands - Coeur d'Alene, ID

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recruiting for a Forest Engineering Specialist to join a dynamic team of technical professionals to work on projects involving road layout and design, cost analyses for road location and surfacing alternatives, construction oversight, and environmental site evaluations.

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 Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is charged by the Idaho Legislature with administering a number of programs designed to protect the natural resources vital to the well-being of Idaho citizens. All of these IDL programs have some level of need for specialists to provide technical expertise.  The IDL Interdisciplinary Team consists of specialized professionals who work with land managers to provide forest engineering, hydrological, and fisheries solutions to aid in IDL’s missions to professionally and prudently manage Idaho’s endowment assets.  These interdisciplinary team specialists provide technical assistance to state forestland managers, state rangeland managers, and fire suppression managers, ensuring that the agency is carrying out its management tasks in a technically sound manner to protect and sustain the natural resources of Idaho’s endowment assets.  IDL is seeking a Forest Engineering Specialist to work as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team.  This position is located at the IDL Staff Office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.


  • Serve as an in-house consultant by providing engineering skills in the planning and implementation of road layout, road construction, road maintenance, stream crossing installations, logging systems, and harvest unit layout.
  • Provide construction oversight and monitoring.
  • Perform cost analyses for road construction, road location, and road surfacing alternatives.
  • Develop and deliver technical reports including maps/illustrations documenting analysis results and project recommendations.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal water and forest practices rules/statutes.
  • Provide guidance and training for internal and external customers on matters related to road construction, maintenance, and installing stream-crossing structures.
  • Develop and maintain databases, utilize standard analysis techniques, and utilize Geographic Information System (GIS) software when appropriate.
  • Assist with designing and conducting monitoring projects to evaluate and predict impacts of land management activities on fish and wildlife habitat, and water quality.  

Minimum Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of best management practices for land management activities.
  • Experience researching, analyzing and monitoring land management issues in relation to existing federal, state and local laws, rules and practices and making recommendations.
  • Experience serving as a technical resource within an organization on complex programmatic or technical issues, including preparing technical reports; providing guidance to co-workers, the public and other interested parties; and providing recommendations to upper management.
  • Experience with forest road layout, road construction, road maintenance, stream crossing installations, logging systems, and harvest unit layout.
  • Experience performing cost analyses for road construction, road location, and road surfacing alternatives.
  • Experience developing and maintaining databases, utilizing standard analysis techniques, utilizing a GIS when appropriate, designing and conducting monitoring projects to evaluate and predict impacts of management activities, and establishing technical guides for state or private natural resource management operations.

Special Requirement:

  • Statewide responsibilities will require travel up to 30% of the time with occasional overnight stays.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Forest Engineering or Forest Operations. Individuals who possess a comparable degree such as Civil Engineering and experience with forest operations will be considered.
  • Experience in operations and tactical planning for atypical topography (dissected topography requiring multi-system yarding).
  • Experience with design software.
  • Experience developing and administering contracts.
  • Experience locating and developing rock sources for road surfacing.

IDEAL CANDIDATE should possess strong forest engineering skills gained through a combination of education and professional work experience; ability to coordinate and work with diverse natural resources professionals; experience working with GIS software systems and tools; and strong verbal, written and illustrative communication skills.

Examination: 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 60 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

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Open for Recruitment: February 7, 2018 - March 6, 2018
Announcement # 01061015978
Salary Range: $24.30 - $26.74 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'AleneHow to Apply:


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