Salary: $70,800.00 – $95,184.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-7-A270-09064
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 07/14/2023
Closing Date: 8/20/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Review of applications is ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after July 28, 2023. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
This position works statewide across National Forest System Lands and Bureau of Land Management Lands to develop and execute short and long-term environmental planning projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions. In this role you will work alongside an interdisciplinary team of scientists and a robust Operations Program to plan, coordinate and prepare environmental analyses. Your leadership will contribute to final NEPA decisions and recommend the best management practices for activities lending themselves to large-scale landscape restoration undertakings. The federal government manages roughly 44 percent of Washington’s 22.4 million acres of forested land, and through our Federal Lands Section, we aim to bring state capacity and resources to achieve our shared goals for maintaining and restoring the health of forest ecosystems on national forest lands today and into the future.


  • Serve as the interdisciplinary team lead and project manager for federal partner NEPA related planning efforts, primarily with the use of the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA).
  • Review and collate scientific assessments from resource specialists into complex NEPA documents for public awareness and federal partner approval, leading to land management implementation. Maintain awareness of up-to-date provisions of NEPA and environmental law and ensure compliance throughout the environmental planning process.  
  • Utilize contracting resources to expand the capacity of the program through public state advertisement and bidding systems and processes.
  • Coordinate closely with federal partner planning managers and specialists in planning activities conducted by the Federal Lands Environmental Planning Program through regular engagement at the field, virtual, or in-person meetings to ensure projects meet or exceed expectations and requirements.
  • Communicate orally and in writing to provide formal and informal briefings to technical experts, management officials, environmental interest groups and members of the general public.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in Natural Resources, Biology, Ecology, or related field
    AND Three years of professional experience including fieldwork in environmental planning and analysis (NEPA or State equivalent), contract administration or compliance, and project management for natural resource, biological sciences, land use, urban, environmental planning and/or management
    OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience and competency in ArcGIS and Microsoft.
  • Demonstrated history of positive, responsive, cooperative, collaborative interaction with the public and other professionals (both inter-organizational and interdisciplinary
    Office Suites software.
  • Knowledge of planning principles associated with project management, forestland management planning, planning and stewardship techniques, environmental law, policies and programs at the state and federal level.
  • Knowledge of methods and objectives of natural resource planning.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Work is performed in an office setting or other meeting locations and field environments. Fieldwork may require walking over steep and rugged terrain and in inclement weather.
  • Requires travel for meetings, field work and visits estimated up to 40% of the time.
    This requires travel to regions, national forests, and other locations statewide. Interstate travel may be required at times.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A demonstrated knowledge of federal plans, policies and procedures implemented under the USFS and other federal agencies, including the National Environmental
    Planning Act (NEPA), the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014v U.S. Farm Bill), and other federal policies typically associated with implementation and planning of federal
    projects; AND 3 years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. Note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Four years of experience applying theory, policy, principles, and practices of environmental management AND Writing/ reviewing and or editing reports for public
    engagement leading to desired outcomes for land management activities, preferably in the Northwestern United States required to conduct resource management on federal, state, and/or private lands.
  • Familiarity with Washington State and Federal Forest Plans and major vulnerabilities to flora and fauna in the Pacific Northwest.
  • 2 Years of experience with interstate and interagency coordination and consultation on natural resource related policy and environmental planning.
  • Ability to:
    • Accept responsibility for assigned tasks and activities;
    • Develop long-range work plans, think conceptually, observe and interpret trends, analyze data, identify key relationships, and draw logical conclusions
    • Maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials;
    • Provide a consistent message and a positive attitude about the program’s development and program projects;
    • Interpret federal policy and procedures;
    • Frequently communicate with federal employees through their agency policies and procedures;
    • Address large groups and write effectively;
    • Work independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks

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 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

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