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Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


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IT Systems Programmer, Senior

Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: July 11, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 01631020732
Salary Range: $34.50 -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

  "Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for two IT Systems Programmer Senior Sr.'s for the Administration division.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop Windows programs and/or web based applications and interfaces using MVC.Net, ASP.Net, PHP, C#.NET, VB.Net, SQL Server and other appropriate technologies.
  • Perform analysis with end-user clients to define system requirements for potential uses of information technologies.
  • Research available tools and technologies to determine alternative technology solutions.
  • Research, implement, and support multiple computing platforms, operating systems, processing environmental technologies.
  • Design and install new or enhanced network systems.
  • Continue to exploit new features of Microsoft C#.NET, VB.Net, ASP.Net, MVC.NET, PHP, SQL Server and other utilities and programming languages as they become available.
  • Provide operating system support on ISDA servers and workstations, as needed.
  • Provide network system support on the ISDA network, as needed.
  • Research, design and install a new or enhanced complex integrated system which includes multiple technologies and platforms and the resolution of conflicting goals.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and resolve complex multi-architecture and applications software problems.
  • Install and maintain operating systems and system software.
  • Working on multiple projects as a team leader in which coordination with staff, service areas, and functions are an important aspect.
  • Identify and resolve complex system-related problems and dealing with key users.
  • Participate in long-range planning functions involving impact and capacity planning and other future IT needs.
  • Develop and conduct IT training.
  • Plan, organize and manage work assignments.
  • Follow and maintain the processes and procedures of the agency.
  • Analyze information and evaluate results to develop solutions and solve problems consistent with ISDA policies and all applicable laws.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, subordinates, supervisors, business partners and the public. Treat others with the consideration, understanding, and respect you expect from them.
  • Accept assignments, coaching and mentoring from supervisors and others.

Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Experience:
    • Independently writing, installing, and maintaining in-house systems and program software OR independently writing, installing, and maintaining operating systems and system software.
    • Working on multiple projects as a team member/leader in which coordination with staff, service areas, and functions were an important aspect;
    • Evaluating new or upgraded software packages and related hardware and making recommendations based on established standards;
    • Independently identifying and resolving complex system-related problems and dealing with key vendors;
    • Participating in long-range planning functions involving impact and capacity planning and other future IT needs;
    • Working with telecommunications issues and software networks at the System Programmer level.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

Examination: Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 70 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. To preview the exam, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "How to Apply".

How to Apply: Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When completing your online application information, please select/add: 

  • Department of Agriculture under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete/update all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. Items in the Application Checklist to include:

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Cities
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  • Job Type


Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check.  Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!


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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.