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Salary– $88,512.00 – $103,248.00 Annually


  • Supervising a team of environmental professionals.
  • Setting expectations, providing feedback, coaching staff, and prioritizing workloads.
  • Ensuring that the team achieves the DNR vision and mission and does so consistent with the DNR values and core competencies.
  • Playing a key role in the development of policy, procedures, and guidance for the Aquatic Resources Division.
  • Managing and engaging in the most complex and sensitive aquatic land management issues in the program.
  • Developing and managing program budgets. 
  • Developing and implementing plans to support Commissioner and agency priorities across a diverse suite of programs. 



Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, public policy, business or other relevant field; and five years of related professional mid-level management and/or project management work experience in one of the aforementioned specialties.
  • At least three years of supervisory experience, including personnel management skills such as hiring, training, and coaching.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws, such as natural resources laws and practices.
  • Experience reading and interpreting statutes and regulations, drafting legislation, reviewing and analyzing legislation, and preparation of legislative testimony.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with contracts, business or property management.
  • Experience providing good customer service.
  • Experience negotiating contentious issues in a respectful, responsive and informed manner.
  • Experience collaborate on internal and external issues in an active respectful, cooperative and professional manner.
  • Experience managing complex issues in a politically-sensitive manner.
  • Effective relationship and team building skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including conveying technical information.
  • Excellent prioritization skills.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft suite of computer programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • 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.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status or having an approved medical or religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Master’s or higher degree in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, public policy, business or other relevant field.
  • Experience managing staff time and expenditures to meet budgets and deliverables.
  • Experience with real estate management, including commercial real estate practices, appraisal, and lease/contract management and development.
  • Experience negotiating with governments including Tribes and local, regional, state, and federal agencies.
  • Experience in giving testimony to legislative bodies and public presentations.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and political processes.
  • Experience working with natural resource management/environmental protection issues.
  • Knowledge of the marine, estuarine, and riparian ecologies of the Pacific Northwest.


Supplemental Information

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
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.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

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.

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. 
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.