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Lands Resource Specialist

Idaho Department of Lands
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Full Time
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Job Description:


Prepares timber sale projects in the field to include:

  • Establishing project boundaries
  • Developing silvicultural prescriptions
  • Determining logging systems
  • Designing road systems
  • Timber marking and cruising

Prepares forest improvement projects in the field to include:

  • Planting
  • Herbicide site preparation
  • Broadcast burning
  • Precommercial 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
  • Administer timber sale and forest improvement projects for compliance with management objectives, contract terms, Department policy and state laws
  • Supervision of seasonal personnel
  • Participate in fire suppression and prescribed burn programs

Minimum Requirements:


  • 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 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
  • Forest management principles
  • Silvicultural principles
  • Forest mensuration
  • Dendrology
  • Forest harvest methods
  • Soils
  • Forest engineering principles including road location, design and construction
  • Forest entomology
  • Forest pathology

Possession of:

  • A valid driver's license

Special Requirements:

  • Arduous work, outside in extreme conditions at times

Desirable Qualifications:


  • Supervising others
  • Project management and budgeting

Some knowledge:

  • With timber markets
  • Using and managing databases

Possession of:

  • Degree in Natural Resource Management