Northwest Region Manager

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Sedro Woolley, Washington, US
May 01, 2021
May 18, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Salary Type
Northwest Region Manager
Recruitment #2021-03-1706
This is a Full-time, Exempt, Non-represented position.

This recruitment will remain open until filled with first review of applications on April 5, 2021.
The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.
It is in the applicant's best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Northwest Region. Would you like to be part of an organization committed to realizing a bright future where Washington's lands, waters, and communities thrive? Are you ready to meet the challenges of a changing climate and ever-increasing demands on our natural resources? Do you hold diversity, equity, and inclusion as important and inseparable values vital to mission accomplishment? Do you enjoy helping others grow and reach their full potential? Would you like to live and work in one the most beautiful places on Earth? Well, this may be your dream job! We are the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and we are looking for the right person to lead the team of 150 permanent and seasonal employees who comprise DNR's Northwest Region.

What we will trust you with:
Lead the team that delivers DNR's mission in Northwest Region: manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Serve as the Commissioner of Public Lands' chief representative to communities, tribes, and residents in Northwest Region.
Safeguard the health, wellbeing, and productivity of the region staff as DNR navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
Demonstrate safety as the region's highest operational priority.
Support, inspire, and guide the region staff as they work to accomplish DNR's strategic goals.

Maintain excellent communications with DNR's Senior Leadership Team, the Division Managers, and fellow Region Managers.
Build strong working relationships with the corresponding region offices of other state agencies, local governments, tribes whose Usual and Accustomed Areas include the region, and regional stakeholder organizations.
Ensure the workplace safety and wellbeing of the region's employees.
Ensure that all laws and regulations the region is responsible for implementing are fairly and consistently complied.
Integrate the goals of DNR's Strategic Plan into all aspects of daily business and decision making.
Work collaboratively with DNR's divisions: they are the region's program partners.
Carefully manage the region's budget. Ensure that deliverables are negotiated and clearly described for each program the region is responsible for delivering, and that deliverables are updated through collaborative discussion if circumstances change. Accomplish agreed-upon deliverables within staff month allotments.
Continually seek efficiencies and cost savings in all aspects of region operations.
Set and maintain high, but realistic, expectations and standards for the region's employees.
Provide the tools, information, flexibility, and encouragement that employees need to be successful.
Recognize superior job performance.
Seek and act upon opportunities to help employees grow to take on increasing responsibilities and ultimately leadership roles in the department.
Treat everyone in the work environment with dignity and respect.
Exercise excellent judgment in decision making.

Required qualifications:
A bachelor's degree.
Experience leading a large organization, division, or team.
Excellent communications skills.
Experience-based ability to create a positive work environment, build morale, and elicit sustained superior job performance.
Experience-based ability to guide a team through deadline and workload pressures, and to resolve competing workload demands.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to solve tough problems.
Knowledge of continuous improvement and change management practices and processes.
Knowledge of principles and practices of land management.
Familiarity with wildfire prevention and suppression practices, and the Incident Command System.
Familiarity with Washington's Forest Practices Act and Rules.
Experience developing and implementing large budgets.
Strong safety awareness and orientation.
Strong work ethic and commitment to public service.
Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Our ideal candidate will also have these qualifications:
Knowledge of natural resource management issues in the Pacific Northwest.
Awareness of Washington's tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty rights.
Familiarity with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as these apply to DNR.
Knowledge of the Washington State legislative process.
Familiarity with principles and practices of labors unions and collective bargaining.

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. DNR's Northwest Region stretches from the Canadian border to the northern suburbs of Seattle, and from the Salish Sea to the Cascade Crest. The region includes Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties, and features the San Juan Islands; the Nooksack, Skagit, and Stillaguamish Rivers; and the western Cascade Range. Northwest Region includes 387,000 acres of state trust lands managed for forestry, farming, and commercial uses. The Northwest Region staff regulates forest practices and leads wildfire prevention and suppression efforts on 1 million acres of state and private forestland. The staff also oversees more than 48,000 acres of natural areas that protect important habitat for native plants and wildlife. Region staff work with volunteers to provide visitors with 28 recreational sites and 118 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and ORV use. The region office is located in Sedro Woolley, a small city in Skagit County of about 15,000 residents. Sedro Woolley has a warm summer Mediterranean climate, with average annual precipitation of 47 inches of rain and 9 inches of snow. The average July high temperature is 75°F, and the average January low temperature is 32°F. For more information on this area visit:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, the incumbent is expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington's land and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
Commitment to organizational health and wellness
Work/life balance
DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women's Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
Leadership that empowers and supports employees
Professional development opportunities
Educational and career development aid
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
A comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

How to Apply:
To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

Application Requirements:
Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and to the position required, desired, and special requirements.
Attach a resume describing your experiences and qualifications.
Provide three professional references - you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
Complete all supplemental questions.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran's preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

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