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Forest Resiliency and Forest Practices Assistant Region Manager, WMS2

State of Washington
Ellensburg, Washington, US
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May 21, 2022

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Forest Resiliency and Forest Practices Assistant Region Manager, WMS2Recruitment #2022-5-7985This is a Full-time, Permanent, WMS2, Non-represented position. Location: Southeast Region- Ellensburg, WA.Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity in Southeast Region to deliver DNR's Forest Resiliency Program. Are you someone who loves the outdoors and is passionate about restoring the ecology of our forest ecosystems? Do you enjoy working with diverse landowners and partners, working cross-boundary to find solutions in forest management? Are you passionate about building and growing a new program and team? Then this is the job for you! We are seeking a motivated individual to lead our region-based Forest Resiliency efforts and our Service Forestry teams - experts in private forestland management, working with landowners to deliver critical resources, educational opportunities, and more.

Responsibilities: Our Forest Resiliency and Forest Practices Assistant Region Manager position assists the agency in the development and implementation of agency policy for two very key programs: Forest Resiliency (including smoke management, fire regulation, fuels reduction, landowner assistance) and Forest Practices. This position works under guidance from applicable laws, rules, regulations, and agency policies, procedures, and guidelines for these programs. The position is also guided by the Forest Practices Rules (passed by the Forest Practices Board) and the Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan; and associated local agreements which are numerous. This position reports to the Southeast Region Manager and must interact with DNR staff; the general public, state, county, and federal agencies; small and large landowners; and tribal representatives.

Required Qualifications: Key Knowledge and SkillsKnowledge in personnel management principles and merit system rulesKnowledge of agency policies, practices and proceduresSkills in oral and written communicationSkills in dollar budget development and implementationSkills in assessing training needsSkills in agreement and contract negotiationsKnowledge of forest management objectives, timber management planning and silvicultural principlesKnowledge of Washington Forest Practices rules, laws and practices and associated agency policiesKnowledge of logging and forest road construction practicesKnowledge of wildfire prevention and suppression practices and tacticsSkills in managing complex forest assessmentsThese knowledge and skills are demonstrated through the ability to: Work under minimal supervision within the context of broad agency policies.Provide second level-supervision over multiple work units with one or more supervisors.Use a mix of tactical and strategic thinking to address various budget, fixed asset, human resource and customer service issues.Develop, recommend, and implement agency strategies, policies, and resource allocation.Maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders and organizations.This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved with: A bachelor's degree in Forest Management or Natural Resources Management; and six years of professional level experience with a demonstrated progression in leadership responsibilities in the areas of land and resource management, and personnel management;OR An associate's degree in forest management or natural resources management; and eight years of professional level experience with a demonstrated progression in leadership responsibilities in the areas of land and resource management, and personnel management.Position Specific Competencies: Ethics and IntegrityCommitment to Workforce DiversityRelationship BuildingEffective communicationsTact and DiplomacyInterpersonal InfluencePerformance and Team LeadershipAccountability, Initiative, and decisivenessDNR Core Competencies: Personal AccountabilityValue OthersCompassionate CommunicationInspire OthersCommitment to ExcellenceBoth indoors and outdoors work. Field visits may involve arduous walking in theoutdoors during times of heat and/or night conditions, as well as exposure to wildfirerisks. Forest Practices field visits may also involve arduous walking in the woods andstreams.Occasional travel to Olympia and statewide several times a year, at least twicequarterly, for meetings. Travel associated with forest health assessment oversight.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.Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below: Master's degree in human resource management, business, accounting or related field from an accredited institution.PHR or SPHR or equivalent SHRM SHRM-CP or SHAM-SCP certification.Experience presenting cases before administrative hearing boards and/or arbitrators

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 wellnessWork/life balanceDNR 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 employeesProfessional development opportunitiesEducational and career development aidPublic Service Loan Forgiveness EligibilityOpportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignmentsA comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.Application Requirements: 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. 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: 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. 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 Todd Welker at, 509-925-0954 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.govOnce 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
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