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Park & Recreation Utility Craftsman

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/05
Posting End Date: 2024/05/31
Category: Parks and Recreation
Sub Category: Construction Maintenance
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Idaho Falls, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 18.46
Maximum Salary: 21.06
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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NOTE:  This position will remain open until filled; the posting will be taken down once a candidate is selected. Review of applications will begin on Friday, March 12th.

Join the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation as an East Region Utility Craftsman, based in Idaho Falls.

As a versatile team player, you'll contribute to construction, trades, maintenance, and more, reporting directly to the Recreation Site Maintenance Foreman.

Your role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, from constructing diverse structures like buildings, bridges, and hangars to handling remodeling tasks. Operating heavy equipment, interpreting blueprints, and conducting surveys will be second nature. Your skill set will extend to trades such as concrete work, carpentry, and steel erection. Plumbing, electrical work, landscaping, and equipment maintenance will also fall within your expertise. Stepping into a leadership role, you'll supervise project assistants, maintain meticulous records, and provide valuable insights to other jurisdictions. Your attention to detail ensures excellence in every task you tackle.

If you're a skilled craftsman with a passion for impactful work and a keen eye for detail, this is your chance to make a lasting mark in preserving the natural beauty of East Idaho. 

Join us in this thrilling journey, where every task is an adventure and every project a testament to your expertise. 



  • constructs buildings, storage sheds, garages, bridges, airport runways and hangars, and similar facilities and structures; 
  • remodels offices and buildings by building walls, installing sheetrock and siding, painting, and any other duty required to complete the project; 
  • operates equipment such as front-end loader, backhoe, dump truck, tractor/trailer transport, forklift, roller, cranes, scissors trucks, and bridge inspection equipment; 
  • designs items to be built or fabricated; lays out, cuts, welds, and fabricates steel plate and beams; 
  • reads plans and blueprints; 
  • uses transit and level and runs stakes for surveys; 
  • may install navigation aids, runway lighting system,s and non-directional beacons.


  • builds concrete forms, and places, finishes and repairs concrete; lays bricks and blocks; 
  • builds and remodels wooden structures and special carpentry items;
  • erects and repairs steel members; 
  • lays carpet; installs doors, jambs and locks, and closures; builds fences; 
  • maintains and repairs plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and pump stations, pipes, sinks, lavatories, septic tanks and electrical wiring, lights, ballasts, switches, and receptacles; 
  • plumbs natural and propane gas lines;
  • grades parking areas; 
  • landscapes areas; 
  • performs minor tune-ups and field repairs on small engines; 
  • greases, oils, and services equipment.


  • keeps records and reports on the progress of projects; 
  • functions as lead worker over project assistants; 
  • completes performance reports of staff assigned; 
  • draws plans for landscaping and construction use; 
  • patches/repairs asphalt surfaces; 
  • provides advice to other jurisdictions regarding the maintenance and construction of bridges, airports, and similar facilities; 
  • establishes traffic control plans; 
  • performs inspections of airports and construction sites. 
  • May work with hazardous materials.

Additional Information:

  • This position may require you to travel away from home for extended periods of time, work in all weather conditions, and/or wear a respirator for prolonged periods of time. 
  • This position may operate on a four ten-hour shift schedule, or five eight-hour shifts, based on department needs. 
  • This position also involves physical activities associated with construction work such as lifting and carrying items weighing approximately 100 pounds, bending and stooping, and working at heights of up to approximately 50 feet. 
  • Depending on department needs, may require registration as a plumbing or electrical apprentice.

Given the significant number of applicants, we strongly recommend that candidates attach a resume and/or cover letter detailing how they meet the minimum requirements outlined below. For your convenience and easy reference, an example cover letter and resume can be found at the following linkExample Resume & Cover Letter


  • Good knowledge of construction and building trades work. Typically gained by specific education or work experience demonstrated at the journey level (approximately 4 years) in carpentry and/or concrete. This experience must be supplemented by knowledge, education, or experience in two other trade skill areas such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or related. 
  • Experience operating and maintaining equipment associated with construction and building trades and grounds maintenance. Typically gained by experience operating light equipment such as trucks, mowers, tractors, or farm equipment, and performing normal maintenance of equipment such as checking oil, water, fluids, and servicing.
  • Experience placing and finishing concrete; performing rough and finish carpentry; performing maintenance plumbing and maintenance electrical work; and reading/interpreting plans and blueprints. Typically gained by at least four years of work experience in residential or commercial construction at the journey level placing and finishing concrete, performing rough and finish carpentry, performing maintenance plumbing and maintenance electrical work, AND reading/interpreting plans and blueprints.
  • Experience using and maintaining construction and building trades hand and power tools. Typically gained by experience using and maintaining a variety of hand and power tools commonly associated with construction trades. 


  • Possession of a valid driver's license. 
  • Incumbents must obtain a commercial driver's license within 60 days of hire and retain it for the duration of employment.


 WHY IDPR? We are innovators in outdoor recreation, committed to excellent service and resource stewardship. We foster experiences that renew the human spirit and promote community vitality. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship. IDPR manages 30 state parks, trails and attractions throughout every region of Idaho and the registration programs for boats, snowmobiles and other off-highway vehicles (OHV). Money from these registration programs goes back to users to develop and maintain trails, facilities and programs. IDPR also provides free education courses for boaters and OHV operators. To learn more about Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation please visit: 

BENEFITS:  We offer a competitive benefits package which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance. There is generous vacation and sick leave accrual that begins as soon as you start. There are eleven paid holidays in a year; participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems; multiple saving plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities and more. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit: 

EEO/ADA/Veteran: The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

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

*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.