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Natural Resource Specialist 2/ Natural Resource Specialist 1 In-Training

Forks WA

Job Number: 2020-10-7220, 7395

Closing: 12/1/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


The Washington Department of Natural Resources seeks a Natural Resource Specialist 2/ Natural Resource Specialist 1 In-Training.


Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

These positions serve as foresters working with a team of foresters under the supervision of the Unit Coordinator. The incumbent works independently part of the time, but has regular interaction with foresters, forest engineers, other natural resource professionals as well as other agency/organization members and the public. This position has split responsibilities within the Presales program between timber sales layout and compliance. During timber sales layout it is responsible for the field design of timber sale proposals including harvest unit design, initial road location, and selection of harvest methods. Work includes the completion of presales documentation packets, containing maps, informational reports and environmental documents. It also serves as a contract administrator for DNR timber sales and road plan contracts. It must respond to public and other agency requests relative to state lands management within the district.


What we will trust you with:

Valuing others, creating a positive work environment that allows each employee to teach others through trust, inclusiveness and equity

Personal Accountability

Compassionate Communication

Inspiring Others

Commitment to Excellence


Who are we looking for?

Natural Resource Specialist 1 (NRS2- In-Training) candidate has:

Knowledge of all laws, policies, and practices related to timber sales program.

Knowledge of timber and land management planning and practices.

Knowledge of timber sales contract, preparation, and administration.

Knowledge of theory, policy, principles and practices of the forestry profession as applied to Northwestern United States (i.e., fundamentals of: silviculture of Northwest species, markets and economics, cruising methods, sales layout, logging methods, engineering, plant nutrition, propagation and weed control, reforestation and intensive forest practices, recreation, multiple use, inventory, water quality, watershed management and basic principles of fisheries management).

Written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.

The incumbent in this position is required to travel.

Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.


Desirable Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Forest Management or related field.

One year of professional forestry experience.

Knowledge of logging systems and design of forest roads.

Ability to use GIS software to create maps and manage data.

Ability to navigate in the field using maps, compass, and orthophotos.

Ability to write professional correspondence and technical documents.

Familiarity with current software used in word processing, spreadsheets and forestry applications.

Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.


Natural Resource Specialist 2 candidate will meet the NRS1 required qualifications in addition to the qualifications below:

Experience with forest management objectives and timber management planning.

Experience with current forest management plans and associated agency policies and rules.

Experience with timber sales contract preparation and administration.

Facilitation and negotiation skills.


Desirable Qualifications:

Two years as a Pre Sales Natural Resource Specialist 1 in the Department of Natural Resources.

Demonstrated competence in timber harvest planning, preparation, contract administration and Pacific Northwest silviculture.


This may be filled as an in-training. The training plan is up to 24 months. If you complete all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required. This period may be extended with the approval of the Region Manager to a maximum of 36 months. Candidates will be considered as Natural Resource Specialist 1 (salary range: $3,446-$4,627 per month) or Natural Resource Specialist 2 (salary range: $3,887-$5,229 per month), depending on qualifications.


The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Forks.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. The incumbent must have internet access and connectivity. When approved to return, the incumbent is expected to report to the duty station for work activities.


Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.


What makes DNR a great place to work?

Commitment to organizational health and wellness

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

Leadership that empowers and supports employees

Work/life balance

Leadership development opportunities

Educational aid and career development stipends

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility

Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments

Opportunities to stretch your professional skills

A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.


Application Process

To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.


Required Attachments:

A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.

Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.

The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.


Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring manager directly. This recruitment may be extended depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool. This recruitment may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for sixty (60) days.


Questions? Please contact Levi Puksta at (360) 640-9983, or e-mail us at

Posted November 4, 2020

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