Forest Practices District Manager, WMS1

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg, Washington, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Forest Practices District Manager, WMS1
Recruitment #2021-06-6177
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Washington Management Services (WMS1), Non-represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Southeast Region. Are you fascinated by Forest Practice regulation? Do you have a passion for leading people, and a want to mentor employees in growing their skill sets and expanding their knowledge and competencies? If so, you might just be a perfect candidate for Southeast Region's Forest Practices District Manager.
The DNR is responsible for regulating forestry activities on both private and public lands in Washington state. This includes regulating timber harvests, building or repairing forest roads or culverts , thinning forests, and many other forest practices. In order to monitor these activities in DNR's expansive Southeast Region, the Forest Practices District Manager manages a team of four Foresters and one Natural Resources Technician.
The District Manager will be managing a team that has a lot of technical knowledge and experience. Because of this, it allows the District Manager to focus on agency policy and procedure, as well as give recommendations on legislative policies and laws.

Leading and supervising the Forest Practices unit in Southeast Region, which consists of 3Natural Resource Specialist 3s, 1 Natural Resource Specialist 4 and 1 Natural Resource Technician 3.
Develop and foster collaborative partnerships with diverse internal and external stake holders to find creative and innovative solutions.
Providing recommendations to management regarding program deliverables and implementation plans.
Developing and implementing plans regarding resource availability for field compliance.
Developing and maintaining plans for processing forest practice applications.
Ensure deliverables are met for Forest Practices on over 1.5 million of acres of state, public and private lands in the region.
Mentoring Forest Practices Foresters in efficiencies and management of forest practices applications.
Providing feedback on policy as it effects regulating and protecting state and private forestland in the region and statewide.
Effective and positive communication.
Working to resolve sensitive resource issues with a variety of partners.

Required Qualifications:
Knowledge of forest management objectives, timber management planning and silvicultural principles.
Knowledge of Washington SEPA process, Forest Practices rules, laws and practices and associated agency policies.
Knowledge of logging and forest road construction practices and technology.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to develop programs, time lines, and track accomplishments.
Ability to clearly articulate expectations, develop and mentor staff, and ensure accountability.
The incumbent in this position will work in the office and in the field. Field hazards include; driving on steep remote forest roads, traversing adverse terrain, weather, and active equipment on timber harvest operations.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel. Overnight travel is required 2-4 times per month generally in 1-2 night increments.
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 Bachelor's degree in forestry or a related natural sciences field, and 5 years of relevant experience.
Current knowledge of forest practice statutes, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, agency practices and general forest management theory (such as forest tire prevention and suppression techniques, forest health Issues, si1viculture; logging and forest road construction equipment and use: hazardous fuels reduction techniques, and public relations).
Knowledge of agency business practices, particularly related lo forest practices.
Knowledge of agency policies, practices and procedures.

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 Husum or Ellensburg.

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,
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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.

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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