Forest Practices Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3

4 days left

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Deer Park, Alabama, US
Jul 10, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Forest Practices Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3
Recruitment #2021-07-3032/3071
These are Full-time, Permanent, Represented positions.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Northeast Region. Want to work with a great team in the one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State. Join the Northeast Region of DNR as one of our Forest Practices Field Foresters. We have two, full time positions open, both are based out of Deer Park, WA. One position will cover Spokane and part of Lincoln Counties, the other position covers Pend Oreille County.
These positions are responsible for evaluating harvest proposals, stream crossing structures and protecting Washington's public resources. This is accomplished by possessing a working knowledge of the Washington State Forest Practice Rules and evaluating and approving/disapproving proposed Forest Practice applications. Forest Practice Forester's also facilitate Interdisciplinary teams of natural resource professionals when evaluating proposals.

Review and Approve, Condition or Deny Forest Practices Applications/Notifications(FPA/N's)
Forest Practices Foresters (FPFs) Independently review FPA/N's for completeness, and determine whether they can be accepted for review, based one stablished parameters. They independently solicit input from Timber, Fish, and
Wildlife (TFW) cooperators, agency experts, and in some cases, the public. This includes facilitating TFW interdisciplinary (ID) teams in evaluating FPA/N's and water type modification forms (WTMF) when needed. In this role, foresters devise the methods and process they use for incorporating this input and resolving conflicts between competing interests. In some cases, they use their discretion to condition applications to resolve conflicts and ensure compliance with the forest practices rules.
FPFs verify Forest Practice Hydraulic Projects (FPHPs) meet the fish protection standards. FPFs also verify Class IV Special triggers including unstable slopes and threatened and endangered species habitat. They also provide initial recommendation for the SEPA determination. FPFs facilitate the Alternate Plan ID Team process and are responsible for making the final decision of a proposal meeting the threshold of "at least equal in overall effectiveness" as provided by the act and rules.
Compliance of Forest Practices Activities
FPFs independently conduct compliance on FPA/N's and unpermitted violations ofthe forest practices rules. They have the authority and responsibility to take initial-level enforcement actions (i.e. - Stop Work Orders, Notices to Comply, and Notices of Conversion to Non-Forest Use) at their discretion, based on their knowledge of the forest practices rules and broad, region-level guidance.
FPFs use their professional discretion to review and approve these mitigation plans based on input from TFW cooperators (some of whom have advanced subject matter expertise,) agency experts with advanced subject matter expertise, their research of similar past violations, and their own professional knowledge of the forest ecosystem.
FPF's respond to public complaints and/or concerns in a timely manner.
Rule Interpretation, Pre-Application Reviews
FPFs provide information and consultation services regarding interpretations of the forest practices rules to forest landowners, other agencies, and the general public. FPFs will conduct pre-application site reviews or facilitate interdisciplinary TFW teams to educate potential applicants on interpretations of forest practices rules or jurisdictional requirements.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors or Associates Degree in Forestry or similar Natural Resources degree.
OR two years of experience as a Natural Resources Specialist 2 or equivalent position in a Forestry Field.
OR three years of paraprofessional experience in regulatory programs involving Forestry.
Working knowledge of the Washington State Forest Practice Rules.
Demonstrated ability to:
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Provide outstanding customer service.
Work effectively as part of a team.
Use computer skills involving managing office data and corresponding to multiple customers including staff, landowners, agencies, and Tribes.
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Position's assigned duty station is the Deer Park Work Center. The Large majority (70%) of fieldwork is performed in isolated, unimproved natural areas. Incumbent must be able to traverse steep, uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Approximately 30% of the work is performed in a typical office setting.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel. Position requires large majority (60%) of time in the field traveling alone between forest practice sites. Some overnight stays may be required. The employee is eligible for per diem and lodging costs when in travel status, except when provided by the agency.
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:
Two years of professional experience in a related natural resource specialty area.

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 Deer Park. For more information on this area visit, Deer Park, Washington (

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.

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.
Check us out on:
DNR's website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress

Please contact Eric Keller at 509-481-7064, or e-mail us at