$52,776.00 – $70,956.00 Annually
Lewis County – Chehalis, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
6/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
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Aquaculture Land Manager, Property and Acquisition Specialist 3
Recruitment #2021-06-6065
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Aquatic Resources Division. The Aquaculture Land Manager plays an important role in managing state-owned aquatic land that is used for aquaculture in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay.


We will entrust you with a diverse set of responsibilities including the following:

  • Negotiate and prepare land use authorizations (leases, easements, and other agreements) with a focus on aquaculture. Lessees include businesses, other government agencies, Tribes, and private citizens.
  • Ensure compliance with contract terms, perform site inspections, and resolve unauthorized uses of state-owned aquatic lands.
  • Manage or assist with special projects such as salmon recovery efforts, clean-ups, and developing management plans.
  • Build intergovernmental relationships with federal, tribal, state, and local entities.
  • Work collaboratively with other Rivers District staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and experience with natural resource management/environmental protection issues.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with contract, business, or property management.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Experience managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Experience providing effective and timely customer service.
  • Experience negotiating contentious issues in a respectful, responsive, and informed manner.
  • Experience speaking to the public and writing clearly and succinctly with the use of typical office software.
  • Experience collaborating on internal and external issues in an active, respectful, cooperative, and professional manner.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel. Travel may be required to locations within the District or Olympia. Most travel is by car. Most travel requires less than two concurrent nights away. Overnight travel is generally less than two nights a month.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and two years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, business or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge and understanding of land use authorizations (leases, easements, licenses, etc.) and other legal instruments associated with land management.
  • Experience working for or with other resource agencies, tribes, or local governments.
  • Knowledge of environmental permitting/regulatory processes and rules.
  • Experience working in commodity industries (e.g., shellfish, minerals, timber, or agriculture.)
  • Experience using business management software and/or GIS.
  • Experience with site analysis and/or sampling programs.
  • Experience working on public access, recreation, or parks issues.
  • Experience operating small motorboats.
Supplemental Information

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 Chehalis. For more information on this area visit, Home Page | City of Chehalis Washington Official Website.

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
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.
  • 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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