Bareroot Crop Advisor, NRS3


$56,676.00 – $76,188.00 Annually


Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type

Full Time – Permanent

Job Number



Dept. of Natural Resources

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/23/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Salary Information


The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step




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Bareroot Crop Advisor, Natural Resource Specialist 3
Recruitment #2023-10-A185
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Olympia, WA

Salary: $4,723.00 – $6,349.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 10/16/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The need for trees for reforestation efforts has never been higher on a global scale. Webster Forest Nursery is in need of talented employees to help produce trees for reforestation efforts across the Pacific Northwest.  This is your opportunity to be part of a great tradition and help us to reach 1 billion seedlings and beyond.

Webster Forest Nursery, established in 1957 on the current site, produces trees for state trust lands across all six regions of the DNR as well as large and small private landowners. The nursery consists of 150 acres of tillable land, 75,000 square feet of climate-controlled greenhouses, and an active research program focused on the operational production of native forest seedlings.  

The Bareroot Crop Advisor is a senior member of the Webster Nursery grow team.  This position performs a variety of crop care duties during all stages of seedling production.  This position reports to the Assistant Nursery Manager.  The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in forestry, horticulture, agriculture, crop sciences, or a closely related field.  Attention to detail is essential in our fast-paced production setting. Safety is critical to protect people, the seedling crop, equipment, and facilities.  This position is for individuals who appreciate the challenges and rewards of large-scale plant production. This job is for someone who enjoys being outdoors in all weather and active throughout their workday.




  • The incumbent works in collaboration with the Assistant Nursery Manager to provide efficient and timely production of a targeted quantity of seedlings to meet DNR’s reforestation program.
  • Monitors all steps in the production process for seed & seedling health.  Tracks seedling development toward established targets
  • Maintains the genetic identity of seedlings during all stages of the production process through accurate inventory, labeling integrity, and seedling quality.
  • Engages in crop walks.  Records and shares observations about field and plant conditions with senior-level nursery staff.  
  • Judges when to change work priorities as crops, labor availability, cultural conditions, and weather change.  
  • Organizes, directs and executes seed care and cleaning activities and stratification in preparation of annual seed sowing. Uses specialized knowledge of conifer seed biology to achieve directed results.  
  • Oversees quality control program. Identifies shortfalls and weighs the business need for trees against the quality of the product.  Makes recommendations to change crop specifications to meet these needs.
  • Research, analyze, and provide recommendations about new products to test to improve seedling culture and performance.  Makes test applications.  Record and follow up based on observations.  
  • Oversees, monitors, and assesses work performed by contract labor staff.  Determines corrective action to ensure work meets quality and performance expectations.  
  • Directs the work of assigned staff.  Reviews work for quality and performance expectations.



.Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, horticulture, agriculture, crop sciences, or closely related field AND 2 years work experience in a related field.
    OR an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Required to work in all weather conditions both inside and outside. Requires standing and walking in coolers/freezers and agricultural field settings. Must be able to walk on rough, uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Sowing, packing, inventory, crop care, and weeding require the ability to walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time over an 8-hour shift. Working in and around large equipment requires the ability to effectively communicate in a loud industrial setting. The ability to lift and maneuver up to 50 lbs. (seedling bags, boxes, fertilizer/pesticide containers, equipment) without the aid of equipment. The ability to grasp, grab, pull, and use power/hand tools.
  • Occasional travel to seminars, trade and industry meetings, or to observe field seedling performance. Occasional visits to other nurseries to observe other nursery operations.
  • A valid unrestricted driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. 
  • Washington State Public Pesticide Operators license with Agricultural Weeds and Agricultural Pests & Disease endorsements (or the ability to obtain within 5 months of employment).
  • Forklift driver certification (or the ability to obtain within 3 months of employment).
  • Respirator use and fit testing (after hire).
Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to speak Spanish.
  • Professional work experience in production agriculture, horticulture, or a nursery.
  • Conifer growing experience.
  • Previous experience operating large farm equipment – i.e. tractor skills.
  • Knowledge and experience working with computer database programs such as Access and Oracle.
  • CDL.


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). 
  • 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.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates that move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email from with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.
Questions?  Please contact Kila Benge at or e-mail us at

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. 
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.
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

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!

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call though the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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

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