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Telecommunications Technician

Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/28
Posting End Date: 2024/08/02
Category: Communications
Sub Category: Maintenance
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 32.12
Maximum Salary: 41.76
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Human Resource Office (HRO)
State Personnel Branch
4794 General Manning Avenue, Building 442
Boise, Idaho 83705-8112
Telephone: (208) 801-4273/4276


Registers established from this announcement may remain valid up to one year to fill vacancies within the same classification.

                      ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:                  24-59-N

                      AREA OF CONSIDERATION:                   Open to all applicants

                      POSITION TITLE:                                         Telecommunications Technician - PSC

                      PAY GRADE:                                                    NGA-10

                      POSITION CONTROL NUMBER:            8514

                     CLASS CODE:                                                  22704

                     SALARY RANGE:                                           $32.12 to $41.76 hourly ($66,817 to $86,859 annually) - Starting pay is typically at Step 1, $32.12/hour

                     FLSA CODE:                                                   Covered

                    DUTY LOCATION:                                         Idaho Military Division, Public Safety Communications (PSC), Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - not remote 

                     TYPE OF POSITION:                                    Civilian Nonclassified

                     COMPATIBLE MILITARY FIELD:               Not Applicable

The HRO State Personnel Branch will not forward non-qualifying or incomplete application packets for consideration – ensure to attach all required information as specified below. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING.

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

State of Idaho Employees: When searching for a new career within the state, browse and apply through Luma Opportunities. Applying through the State External Career website will cause duplicate profiles and will slow the processing of your application for a new job. Internal candidates should always use Luma Opportunities.


  • Military Division Mandatory Questions – Attachment of your individual responses to mandatory questions for all applicants
  • Qualifications - Attachment of your individual responses to each of the Mandatory Requirements and each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) specified in this announcement under QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. Attach document/pdf to your application with all your responses. This is required to assess you meet all requirements for consideration. If not provided, your application will be considered INCOMPLETE.
  • Documentation identified as a Mandatory Requirement – When required, attach copies of educational diplomas, transcripts, or training certificates; or professional licenses, certifications or registrations.
  • Optional: Attach a resume and/or other supplemental documentation to support your qualifications.


  • (1) Except for minor traffic offenses, have you ever entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or had a withheld judgment to a felony offense?
    If YES please explain on a separate paper and attach it to your application.

  • (2) Do you certify that I am a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a Foreign National with authorization to work in the United States

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must attach to their application individual responses addressing each requirement separately.

Mandatory Requirements (conditions of employment) Provide the requested information, address your willingness and ability to meet the applicable condition and/or how you meet the requirement.

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-6) separately.

(1) Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted state issued driver’s license (from any state). Provide your driver’s license number, issuing state, license expiration date, and the full name specified on the license. (Do not provide a copy of your driver’s license.) 

(2) Must submit to and successfully pass a State background check (criminal background investigation) and periodic reinvestigations as required by the agency. (At a minimum, a favorable suitability determination by the State Security Manager is required prior to appointment into this position.) 

(3) Must be able and willing to operate the following vehicles/equipment: four-wheel drive pickup truck, four-wheel drive SUV, and a snowmobile. 

(4) Must be willing to travel by all modes of transportation and stay at destinations for moderate periods. 

(5) Must be physically able to walk, hike and travel across remote areas, and at elevations up to 10,000 feet. 

(6) Must have the following education/training or experience (please describe related education/training and attach transcripts/certifications to your application; unofficial transcript/certifications are acceptable. If applicable for qualification, provide response addressing qualifying professional level experience): 

  • Documentation of knowledge of two-way radio and electronics basic rules and theory, for example, a Radio Certificate from an industry or government agency OR a technical/vocational school certificate.); 
  • 3- years’ experience in installation, repair, and troubleshooting of two-way radio systems, microwave equipment or cellular network equipment. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
Applicants must have 18-months of specialized experience performing related to the duties as specified below.
In your detailed, individualized responses describe your civilian and military education, training, and work experience as it relates to each KSA that demonstrated your related experience. KSA responses assist in verifying your qualifications and determining the best-qualified applicants.

Provide your individual responses in an attachment to your application addressing each requirement (1-9) separately.

(1) Describe any combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates competence in the following: 

      • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations
      • Radio frequency communications systems operation and maintenance 
      • Electronic systems, components, and their design, maintenance, and operation 
      • Oral and written communication, including the ability to communicate both verbally and visually, instructions to and descriptions from non-technical persons on technical subjects 

(2) Experience dealing with radio-frequency communications systems including, but not limited to, two or more of the following: digital or analog microwave systems, trunked and conventional two-way voice radio systems, data transmission systems, video systems. 

(3) Must have a thorough knowledge of safety practices as related to Radio Frequency (RF) systems and general electronic equipment. 

(4) Must possess a thorough knowledge of basic electronics, and basic knowledge of electrical wiring principals; the ability to read, understand, and draw complex electronic schematic diagrams. 

(5) Ability to work with hand tools as related to electronic and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment repair. 

(6) Ability to set up, read and work with complex test equipment including, but not limited to: oscilloscopes, service monitors, time domain reflectometers. 

(7) Skill and ability to troubleshoot and repair complex radio, computer, and electronic equipment both in the shop and in the field. 

(8) Ability to use standard PC based programs, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office products, manufacturer’s diagnostic and troubleshooting products, and a wide variety of special use products. 

(9) Experience and knowledge of remote location, cold weather, and back-country safety practices. 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Refer to the position description below.

a. Each person hired will be required to provide verification of eligibility to work in the United States and may be subject to a criminal background check.
b. Refer to the position description for the Mandatory Requirements for this position.
c. The State of Idaho, Military Division is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, and disability or age (which does not interfere with job accomplishment or job eligibility based upon the position description Mandatory Requirements). Appropriate consideration shall be given to veterans in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

PERSONNEL MANAGER CERTIFICATION: The title, series, grade, duties and responsibilities are complete and accurate as written and a current or projected vacancy exists as advertised.

                                                                                 Gloria A. Duncan
                                                                                 Supervisory Human Resource Specialist
                                                                                 Military Division – State Personnel Branch

Applications accepted online only (State employees should apply after logging in to Luma). If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HRO office by phone 208-801-4273/4276 or email [email protected] or [email protected] to discuss alternative options.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Military Division.

By submitting your application, you are certifying all answers and statements are true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that should an investigation disclose untruthful or misleading answers, your application may be rejected, name removed from consideration, or employment with the State terminated.


INTRODUCTION: This position is assigned to Public Safety Communications (PSC), Communications and Information Technology (IT) Services Office, functioning within the State of Idaho - Military Division. The primary purpose of this position is to assist in the operation and maintenance of sophisticated electronic telecommunications equipment of the PSC programs and projects, which includes the statewide microwave system, two way radio repeaters, two way mobile and portable radios, interconnecting wires, cables, fiber optic and any other equipment necessary for the efficient and effective operations of PSC systems, and all associated support equipment and services for the Agencies, Departments, and Divisions of the State of Idaho.


1. Responsible for the operation and maintenance of various telecommunications equipment and systems managed by PSC under general supervision. Incumbent is expected to progress through the following skill levels:

  • Performs work as an Installer: Uses hand tools for vehicle installations; solders and de-solders properly; installs electronic equipment in vehicles; operates radios, sirens and lights—tests and identifies problems; troubleshoots and corrects wiring problems; climbs towers using proper safety equipment; assists installing hardware; lifts, carries and assists in installing radios; runs power and communications cables; connects battery equipment; and operates a computer for and specialized programs as trained.

  • Performs work as a Technician: Tests and troubleshoots sirens and light bars; installs radio equipment in buildings and fixed locations; bench tests and repairs radios; reads and understands electronic schematic diagrams; understands radio frequency (RF) safety procedures; installs and tunes radio antennas; installs and troubleshoots antennas and feed-lines; reads and sets power levels, frequency and deviation on select radios; assists in field tests and preventive maintenance (PM) of radios; operates multi-meters and other hand-held test equipment; operates an oscilloscope; installs multi-pair cables to various interconnect blocks (66 blocks and similar); installs, troubleshoots and certifies sirens, light bars, gun locks and other auxiliary equipment; and operates motorized equipment (such as snowmobiles) and vehicles (such as four-wheel drive pickup trucks and four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles [SUVs]), in traffic and in remote locations.

  • Performs work as an Advanced Technician: Takes power, frequency and deviation readings of any radio; aligns and tunes any radio in PSC stock; sets power and deviation levels on any radio in PSC stock; troubleshoots any radio in PSC stock for malfunctions; installs hardline or flex cable on towers; reads and verifies programming in radios; inputs standard programmable features into radios; operates a service monitor in all modes; assists in the installation and maintenance of microwave radio equipment; installs and troubleshoots computer data cables and terminations; installs and troubleshoots telephone systems; and troubleshoots and certifies police radar units.

2. Ensures those State Agencies, Departments and programs engaged in providing Public Safety response services have adequate and effective radio communications services, and that projects initiated to provide and enhance Public Safety Communications are carried out and completed in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the State of Idaho and the United States of America. 

3. Provides communication services that support Public Safety Communications in the State of Idaho such as studies, development and implementation of plans, surveys, assessments, tests, monitoring, construction and maintenance of such PSC systems. 

4. Works to maintain a strong communications program. Through the Public Safety Communications State Program, sees that communications projects and other maintenance and installation needs are properly executed, and ensures the orders and directions of supervisors and managers are properly carried out. 

5. Promotes a respectful work-place that complies with policies of the Adjutant General. Observes and ensures compliance with the Whistleblower Protection Program, EEO, security and workplace safety practices, policies and regulations at all times. Maintains a safe and drug/alcohol free workplace. 

6. Performs other related duties and projects as necessary or assigned. 

    SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Technical Coordinator. Work may be performed independently or in partnership with a Senior Telecommunications Technician. Incumbent must display initiative, tact, and good judgment.

    PERSONAL WORK CONTACTS: The incumbent's contacts are with Idaho Military Division/Idaho National Guard command and staff; city, county, state and federal employees; communications technicians from various public and private agencies, companies and organizations; and other parties as directed by supervisors and managers.

    WORK CONDITIONS/ PHYSICAL EFFORT: The majority of the work is mobile and performed both indoors and outdoors. Work will require travel and outdoor exposure in all types of weather. Field activities may require the incumbent to work long hours; driving and walking over rough, rocky surfaces and at elevations exceeding 10,000 feet; standing, stooping, reaching; climbing radio support structures up to 200 feet above ground level; operating four wheel drive vehicles, tracked snow travel equipment, and snowmobiles; and occasional lifting of items more than 50 pounds. Occasional aerial flights involving helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft may also be required.

    FLSA Overtime Code: C (Covered; time and one-half)
    EEOC: C04 (Technical)
    WCC: 9516
    MARCH 2024

    • State Benefits:

      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.

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