Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $58,104 – $78,120 Annually
Deadline: Sep 19, 2023

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you interested in a career that allows you to serve small forest landowners by compensating them for trees they are required to leave under Forest Practices Rules? The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Forest Check Cruiser to perform timber cruising and check cruising for the DNR Forestry Riparian Easement and Rivers and Habitat Open Space Programs in the Small Forest Landowner Office.


  • Determines timber cruise sampling and layout methods and estimates the gross and net volume per assigned cruise area.
  • Ensures cruising data meets DNR Timber Cruising Handbook standards.
  • Lays out cruise patterns; counts trees, estimates heights; observes species; estimates extent of defect and assigns grade; makes mathematical projections from samples to calculate estimates of grade, species, and value of entire conservation easement area.
  • Ensures cruising data is statistically sound.
  • Maintains fluent use of agency software such as Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Atterbury Cruise method to analyze cruise data and produce accurate cruise narratives and reports.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in forest management, natural resource management or related field OR 4 years experience in timber cruising.
  • Demonstrated experience with all aspects of timber cruising and mensuration including different sampling systems for timber cruising, analyzing and explaining sampling statistics and sample design, interpreting and reporting cruise information and product descriptions.
  • Advanced level proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe applications.
  • Demonstrated experience using software designed to gather and report timber cruise data.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting data using a Global Positioning System (GPS) in a forest setting.
  • Demonstrated experience creating a GIS database using mapping software.
  • Ability to work independently with creative adaptability.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management and stakeholders.
  • Convey messages clearly and persuasively.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in in forest management, natural resource management or related field OR 4 years’ experience in timber cruising.
  • 5 or more years’ experience in timber cruising.

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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