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Port-of-Entry Inspector, Trainee

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/14
Posting End Date: 2024/06/30
Category: Code Enforcement
Sub Category: Customer Service
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Lewiston, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 18.70
Maximum Salary: 18.70
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho
Idaho Transportation Department

NOTICE: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date.

STATE OF IDAHO EMPLOYEES: If you are a current or temporary State of Idaho employee you MUST apply through Luma Opportunities. Applying through the State of Idaho’s external career website will cause duplicate profiles and will slow the processing of your application for a new position.

Do you want to make a difference and be part of an award-winning agency, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Idaho through transportation? At the Idaho Transportation Department, every employee is critical to the mission and we strive to foster an innovative, collaborative workplace where employees can grow and do their best work. The Idaho Transportation Department is hiring a Port-of-Entry Inspector Trainee for the Lewiston location. The incumbent will inspect commercial vehicles and enforce compliance with laws and regulations governing commercial vehicle traffic. The Port-of-Entry Inspector Trainee position is considered an underfill for the Port-of-Entry Inspector. 

Explore our Day in the Life video and see the typical workday as a POE Inspector - 

The starting hourly rate is $18.70. Upon completion of the probationary period, passing of the inspector trainee test, and completion of one full year of service as an inspector trainee, the trainee will be promoted to Inspector classification and the salary will increase to $20.39 per hour.

Examples of Duties:

  • Inspect commercial vehicles and materials for size and weight, safety and hazards using electronic devices and visual inspection;
  • Determine if licenses and permits are current and valid. Verify driver qualifications including licenses, medical cards, and logbooks;
  • Issue and sell temporary and oversize permits and registrations;
  • Use computer terminal to check tax status, registration, and licenses. Collects fees for permits, registrations, and citations;
  • Operating cash register and accounts for monies received;
  • Prepare and deliver bank deposits;
  • Issue warnings or citations for violations and receive fines and bonds;
  • Write incident and activity reports;
  • Provide directions and information on road conditions and travel facilities;
  • Work various shifts, including weekends.

Minimum Qualifications: **You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Some knowledge of: English to include proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling; windows or comparable operating system; word processing and sending/receiving documents through electronic mail.
  • Experience: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers; interpreting and applying rules and regulations; writing reports; dealing with the public in stressful situations.
  • Valid driver's license.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Trainees become Port-of-Entry Inspectors after successful completion of training. Trainees learn to apply and enforce laws governing commercial vehicles and Port-of-Entry operations and are granted limited peace officer authority. They often work with hostile vehicle operators. Light janitorial work such as sweeping and mopping of immediate work area and working a 24-hour rotating shift is required. The Idaho State Tax Commission and the Department of Transportation will deputize trainees. These positions involve lifting objects weighing up to 40 pounds to waist height; crawling and bending to perform vehicle inspections; standing for up to 6-hours during a shift; working in all kinds of weather conditions; having sufficient hearing and sight to inspect vehicles; and working around hazardous materials. Individuals in these positions are required to wear a uniform supplied by the department and to adhere to dress and grooming standards.

DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENT: Background investigations are conducted before appointment and annually to satisfy state bonding and deputation requirements. Persons convicted of a felony shall not be employed by the department to act with limited peace officer authority. Persons convicted of certain misdemeanors or any felony shall not be employed by the department to act with limited peace officer authority. Please review the ITD Background disqualifiers. 

Supplemental Information To learn more about the department, please visit the ITD website. Make a difference in your community and in the lives of the citizens of Idaho!


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


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.