Idaho – Lands Resource Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Idaho

Website ID Dept of Lands

Idaho Department of Lands – Lands Resource Specialist – Forest Management

This position is needed to replace an existing position and is necessary to meet the mission of the department for this area by managing approximately 13% of the Area’s yearly timber volume of 55 MMBF sold each year. They also are responsible for most all TM (Timber sale) and FM (Forest Improvement) projects and grazing allotment administration. This position will be encouraged to participate in fire.

General Job Duties for 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:
    • Planting
    • 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 program
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. Your answers must be supported by your work history, resume, and/or cover letter. 


  • 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:
  • Experience:
    • 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



Posting closes: December 1st 2022


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