Salary: $64,092.00 – $86,208.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 9/14/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Are you interested in facilitating aquatic habitat restoration throughout the Salish Sea? The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking to fill a Program Lead position to implement demolition and habitat restoration projects through the Derelict Structures Removal Program (DSRP). In partnership with the other Restoration Managers, and under the supervision of the Restoration Program Manager, the position independently plans, organizes, implements, and is accountable for achieving the removal work outlined in the Derelict Structures Bill (SB 5433) passed in 2023. This position supervises one Restoration Manager (NRS3) and will work closely with them to permit, partner, contract and facilitate removal and restoration. This position will also work closely with the Restoration Program Manager to develop piling removal projects and to facilitate the Nearshore Conservation Credit Program. The position also supports the Restoration Program Manager in developing long-range restoration objectives for Puget Sound while integrating internal and external program and policy objectives.

 The Restoration Manager’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Leads and develops the Derelict Structure Removal Program to meet the requirements of the Derelict Structures Bill and any future amendments.
  • Liaisons with internal and external stakeholders for program growth and development. Works closely with partners from the Puget Sound Partnership, RCO, and NOAA to develop and implement program goals related to the Nearshore Conservation Credit Program.
  • Administers and manages the DSRP budget including development, tracking, and monitoring of capital budgets, grants, and other funds.
  • Plans, tracks, and monitors public works contracts for the demolition and removal of derelict overwater structures, manages associated budgets, ensures compliance with contract terms and performs site inspections.
  • Supervises and manages assigned NRS 3 staff and fieldwork crews that perform restoration work on state-owned aquatic lands, including but not limited to derelict structure removal, large debris and creosote-treated debris removal activities.
  • Manages and maintains capital assets needed for the DSRP including trucks, trailers, vessels, submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV), power equipment, and tools. Ensure equipment is maintained and operated in safe manner.  
  • Develops and implements creosote piling removal projects to address conservation credit balances in the five service areas of the Puget Sound. Oversees budget management and coordination of DNR reimbursement for credits.
  • Provides timely communication to other DNR staff and external partners (including Tribal, state, NGO, and federal partners) and conducts education and outreach to the public.
  • Helps to support other district and division activities including habitat stewardship and environmental review of proposed projects affecting state-owned aquatic lands.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resource management, real estate, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, public policy, or other relevant field AND 3 years of work experience in one of the above disciplines.
    OR An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Experienced in clear written and verbal communication.
  • Experience collaborating on complex and contentious issues in an active respectful, cooperative, and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly and use typical office software.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Within one year of employment, become a Certified Cultural Resource Technician. Training is provided.
  • 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. 
  • Most of the work is performed in an office or meeting setting with some field work. Field visits involve transport by motor vehicle or boat and include working on or around flowing water (rivers) and marine waters. Foot travel over rough terrain is occasionally required. While in field settings, the position may come into occasional contact with motor fuels and lubricants, herbicides, or creosote.
  • Frequent travel will be required for short periods of time and occasionally may require overnight stays away from home, usually no more than three nights at a time.
    Driving is a requirement of the position and often for long distances (up to 300 miles round trip). May require plane, ferry, and automotive transport to various field locations.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with contracts such as small public works, public works, and architecture & engineering contracts.
  • Experience working on Pacific Northwest riverine, estuarine, and marine nearshore ecosystem processes and habitats.
  • Experience operating small motorboats.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws associated with natural resource management, environmental protection, and/or cultural resource protection.
  • Experience with project and program management focused on restoration/removal work typically involving ecological restoration or environmental engineering activities (e.g., environmentally focused AmeriCorps service, fisheries enhancement group stream restoration).
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS.
  • Experience applying for and managing grants for natural resource/environmental protection, recreation, or historical preservation projects.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and giving public presentations.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at
  • 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 will 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.

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