Education and Enforcement Warden, Natural Resource Specialist 1


$44,400.00 – $59,616.00 Annually


Lewis County – Other, WA

Job Type

Project (limited duration)

Remote Employment


Job Number



Dept. of Natural Resources

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/19/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Salary Information


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




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Education and Enforcement Warden, Natural Resource Specialist 1
Recruitment #2023-10-P431
Full-time, Project, Represented position

Anticipated project employment is November 2023-October 2025
Location: South Puget Sound Region- Mineral, WA
Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $3,700.00 – $4,968.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 10/12/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Recreation program’s vision is to provide diverse and high-quality recreational opportunities within Department of Natural Resources (DNR) landscapes that foster community engagement, promote a strong sense of environmental stewardship, and enrich the quality of life in Washington. The goals for managing statewide recreation are to
  • promote the safety of the public, DNR employees, and volunteers,
  • support enjoyable recreation that is compatible with land management responsibilities,
  • work in collaboration with volunteers and interested stakeholders to provide engaging recreational opportunities, and
  • manage healthy natural landscapes and working forests that can sustain recreation for current and future generations.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, issuance of warnings and citations for violations of recreation laws and regulations; educating the general public, neighbors, and recreational users about recreational opportunities, appropriate recreational behavior, and recreational rules and regulations; and investigating and addressing unauthorized recreational activities. This position leads the recreation trail and facility signage program across the unit, including replacement and reinstallation of new signage, recommending, ordering, and installing additional or improved signs.

This position will require a combination of skilled technical and professional work to accomplish the objectives of the position.

This position is a member of the District recreation team who all work together to make recreation safe, enjoyable and sustainable.




  • Enforcement, public contacts, education, user safety, investigation and incident reporting.
  • Enforce compliance with the agency’s recreation and public access rules protecting resources, managing public behavior and user safety.
  • Train, direct and evaluate volunteers regarding education and enforcement issues.  
  • Partner with user groups to supplement existing volunteer education programs throughout the landscape.
  • Assist with the design, maintenance, and new installation of regulatory and educational signage on DNR-managed land.



Required Qualifications: 

  • One year of professional or technical outdoor recreation-related experience focused on user education and outreach.
  • Ability to communicate agency goals, policies and laws in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong, effective and friendly oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to cover reasonable distances per day in the field covering moderate to difficult terrain.
  • Remain calm in difficult situations, including:
    • Able to remember and apply policies and rules.
    • Work well with diverse groups of people.
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment at all times.
    • Have good situational awareness.
    • Know when to disengage.
  • Fluency in current Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Familiarity with the principles and practices of recreation management, and how public involvement fits into the landscape.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be available to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and most weekends.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Must be able to pass Basic Enforcement Training during the probationary period, including a criminal background records check.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Must be able to pass UTV Operation and Trailer Towing Safety Training during the probationary period
  • 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. 
  • The majority (80%) of work is performed alone in isolated unimproved forested areas. Incumbent must be able to hike uneven and steep terrain in all weather conditions. The position will require operating a four-wheel drive vehicle on highway and forest roads, as well as trail hiking in moderate to difficult terrain.
  • Position requires a large majority (90%) of time in the field traveling alone between trailheads, trails, day-use areas, and work centers. Most travel will be in the region.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Two years of professional or technical outdoor recreation-related experience focused on user education and outreach.
  • Familiarity with DNR recreation policy, rules, and regulations.
  • Two years of professional experience related to managing and/or working with volunteers.
  • Ability to operate, download, and record data from a trail camera, trail counter, and GPS phone application.
  • Experience as a limited or fully commissioned Warden or Law Enforcement Officer.


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 Joe Chavez 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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