Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program Administrator, WMS2

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Olympia, Washington, US
May 30, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program Administrator
Recruitment #2021-05-6509
This is a Full-time, WMS, Non-represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Practices Division. Want to make a big impact in helping to protect forests, streams and other public resources while maintaining a vibrant forest products industry in Washington? The Forest Practices Division has an opportunity for a proven leader to apply their excellent organizational management, communication, and scientific skills to lead within the Forest Practices Board's (FPB)challenging adaptive management program. The AMP is a multi-stakeholder, cooperative and consensus-driven process described in Washington administrative rule and the FPB's guidance manual.

You will work collaboratively with others in the forest practices adaptive management program to ensure that sound scientific processes are applied to carry out a multi-million-dollar applied research program and will communicate results used by the FPB to determine when it's necessary or advisable to adjust rules that guide management of timber harvest and other forest practices on about 12 million acres of private and state forests within Washington. You'll also lead a team of professionals, helping to create and maintain an inspiring team environment with a culture of open communication and innovation.

In this position, you will use your excellent inter-personal and communication skills to regularly interact with FPB members and chairs of associated standing committees; with DNR staff and executive management; tribal representatives and members; other local, state and federal agents; stakeholders such as those from the environmental community and forest landowner community; researchers; contractors and others. Bring your can-do attitude and problem-solving abilities, along with your scientific training, natural resources knowledge and business management skills, to further the success of the forest practices adaptive management program by adding to our knowledgeable, efficient and entertaining team.

Regular and significant interaction with the Forest Practices Board and the chairs and
members of the FPB's standing committees and sub-committees.
Responsibility to make decisions within a fast-paced operating environment.
Daily opportunities to collaborate, negotiate and problem-solve.
Oversight of a multi-million dollar operating budget, including procurement of millions of
dollars of contracted research-related services.
Leading and coaching staff, fostering creativity and innovation.
Focusing on the big picture without losing track of the small details.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor of Science degree with a major study in natural resources (for example, forestry,
fisheries, wildlife, biology, ecology) or closely related field.
Five years of professional natural resource management experience.
Demonstrated ability to successfully evaluate complex research and monitoring projects and
interpret results of advanced quantitative studies.
Knowledge and understanding of statistics, including experimental design, sampling
procedures, hypothesis formulation and testing, as needed to carry out responsibilities for
overseeing and evaluating scientific research carried out in the AMP. These skills are
typically gained through college graduate-level coursework.
Exemplary inter-personnel skills as needed to successfully forge and maintain respectful,
productive relationships and achieve positive results through daily interaction with a large
number of diverse professionals who represent a variety of organizations that frequently
have different interests.
Strong conflict-resolution and negotiation skills, typically gained through targeted training
coupled with practical experience successfully working with or leading groups of people
possessing varying interests and/or objectives.
Excellent abilities as a team leader and supervisor, typically gained over at least 3-5 years of
supervising three or more professional employees performing in a team-based framework.
Experience in successfully developing and managing a complex budget. Relevant
experience is typically gained through a minimum of 3-5 years successfully utilizing an
annual operating budget of $0.5 million or more.
Strong procurement and project management skills needed to obtain contracted services
and effectively monitor and facilitate timely completion of multiple ongoing scientific projects.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain exemplary standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct.
Ability and willingness to openly and actively openly listen to others and effectively
assimilate new information and perspectives into their own thinking.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
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 the qualifications listed below:
A Master of Science degree or Ph.D. in an appropriate natural resource scientific field (for
example, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, biology, ecology) or a closely related field.
Graduate-level research training or research experience.
Direct experience participating in or supervising relevant research in the U.S. Pacific
Northwest or area of similar forest ecosystem types.
Experience overseeing or participating in a formal adaptive management program.
Experience leading or working with multi-stakeholder committees/boards.
Procurement experience relevant to developing and overseeing interagency agreements
and contracts that govern complex scientific projects.
A certification in project management.
Understanding of "Lean management" concepts and experience with implementing Lean
strategies in a program.


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 Olympia. 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, staff are 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 economically and socially for 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 lands 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
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 benefit 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 the position required, desired and special requirements.
Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
Provide three to five professional references - you may attach a document, use the
References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Complete all supplemental questions.
Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

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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