Black Hills District Manager, WMS1

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington, US
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Land Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Black Hills District Manager, WMS1 Recruitment #2021-07-3063 This is a Full-time, Permanent, Washington Management Services (WMS1), Non-represented position. CLOSING DATE EXTENDED! 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 South Puget Sound Region. Are you an experienced leader who can provide strategic direction at the operational level and have a passion for managing professional natural resources staff and multiple projects? Do you enjoy the challenge of bringing together diverse perspectives for a common goal? Do you enjoy helping others grow and reach their full potential working in forest management, land management, and natural resource conservation? Well, this may be your dream job! We are the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and we are looking for a leader with good people skills and a strong background in forest land management to be the Black Hills District Manager in South Puget Sound Region. This position is responsible for all upland management activities on approximately 110,000 acres of trust lands managed by the DNR in the Black Hills District, including the following duties: * Representing the Department's interests to private operators, business, governmental officials, and the public where there is involvement in complex, sensitive issues affecting the District; * Providing input and recommending action on project proposals influencing state trust lands; * Supervising / having responsibility for a total of 20 permanent and non-permanent professional staff including hiring, training, and disciplinary action; * Responsible for all field operations in the District including: * Local government coordination, public outreach and communications. * Managing the District timber sale staff to achieve a timber sale cut of approximately 57.9 million board feet of timber annually and the administration of approximately 8-10 timber sales annually. * Managing the District recreation staff in the construction and maintenance of public use sites, maintaining 4 overnight campgrounds, 3 day-use facilities, and 158 miles of public use trails. * Managing the District engineering staff to ensure all existing and newly constructed roads are maintained and built to Forest Practice Standards. * Accountable to achieve all RMAP engineering, land management, asset management, silviculture, and other program deliverables / standards in the district, while planning and coordinating with appropriate region program leads. Responsibilities: As the Black Hills District Manager for state lands programs, this position is responsible for activities on state forest trust land within the District including: * Plan, lead, organize, and manage the workload performed by District staff to ensure all deliverables are met, while being respectful of the environmental, economic, and social authorizing environments in which we operate. Insure all activities are compliant with all laws and regulations and all agency policies, procedures, and guidelines. * Ensure staff resource allocations are appropriately managed as budgeted and to accomplish deliverables and assignments. Key deliverables are making the district timber sales cut to achieve region volume deliverables, achieving 100% free to grow status in regenerated stands, achieving 100% silvicultural prescriptions in LRM by quarter, and achieving region quarterly volume targets. Work with the Management Forester to balance region volume deliverable by trust and quarterly target. Work to collaboratively achieve silviculture deliverables across the state lands in the region. Deal with highly sensitive resource issues. Work collaboratively with agencies, tribes, environmental groups, industry, local government, media and the general public. Provide key leadership for the Capitol Forest Recreation program. * Supervision: Enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely evaluations. Provide professional developmental opportunities and training that will enhance district staff personal and professional growth in preparation for their professional career goals. Mentor staff and provide a positive working environment where people are respected and valued professionally. Maintain and develop positive and effective supervisory relationships, with direct reports and staff, including completing evaluations, responding appropriately to disciplinary situations, representing and supporting staff to resolve conflicts, and handling routine personnel issues. Make decisions for balancing career development with production obligations. * Plan, lead, organize, and control the work performed by the organization. Assure appropriate and optimum use of the organization's resources. Maintain the highest standards of professional/personal and ethical conduct and support the State's goals for a diverse workforce. Support staff, representing region and staff interests, concerns, and issues at the region and state level. Work collaboratively with the South Puget Sound Region Management team to achieve common goals and positive results. * Support effective and positive communication throughout the organization. Provide input involving policy decisions on state lands forest management. Provide recommendations regarding issues involving state lands management. Act as the key liaison between the region and programs for which you are responsible and the public. Work to collaboratively share staff and resources between state lands units, recognizing there are no hard district geographic lines and we must work together to achieve the deliverables as a region. Work to ensure this message is communicated to your staff and they understand the message is about team and success as a whole, not as individuals. * Work to resolve sensitive resource issues with a variety of partners. Develop and foster collaborative partnerships with diverse internal and external stakeholders to find creative and innovative solutions. Represent the Department's interests when interacting with private operators, purchasers, businesses, governmental officials, and the public where there is involvement in sensitive, complex issues in the Region or Agency. Required Qualifications: * Bachelor of Science in forestry, or a natural resource or science field including 4 years of natural resource work experience; OR Two year Associate degree in an environmental or natural resource field including 6 years of natural resource work experience. * Experience: * Fundamental forest management and engineering principles and methods * Fundamental logging principles and methods * Supervising full-time, permanent staff * Knowledge of decision makers, stakeholders, special interest groups, agencies, and other organizations whichare critical to the success of recreation and trust land management * Facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and conflict resolution * Landscape planning and ecosystem management * Working knowledge of current Washington State forest practice rules * Competencies: * Effective communications * Demonstrates high level of ethics and integrity * Effective relationship-building skills * Tact and diplomacy * Integrate and direct the output of managers and supervisors in a collaborative manner * Negotiate solutions to complex issues * Exercise independent judgment * Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire. * Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. * 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: * Competent with computer software, including word processing and spreadsheets * Skill in project planning and oversight * Experience working as a Unit Forester * Familiarity with multiple forestry tools and systems, including equipment and applications that enhance field productivity (GPS, GIS, and modeling systems) * Knowledge of principles and practices of recreation and natural areas * Experience in tactical planning and management * Experience with budgets, grants and funding decision-making * Experience solving issues associated with natural resource management for the trust beneficiaries, protecting resources and protecting the safety of our employees using knowledge of current laws * Experience with Washington State government legislative processes * Working knowledge of current Department of Natural Resources forest management plans (HCP, PSF) and associated agency policies, procedures and rules 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 Tumwater. 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, 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 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 (Click on the APPLY button above). 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. * 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. Check us out on: DNR's website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions? Please contact Brandon Mohler at 360-918-1115, or e-mail us at