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Forest Crew Supervisor-Correctional Facility

Salary: $47,688.00 – $64,092.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Littlerock, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-4-5694/7001/7799-04866
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 04/18/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category:  Corrections / Fire & EMS / Land Use / Natural Resources / Forestry
Forest Crew Supervisor-Correctional Facility description image


Forest Crew Supervisor – Correction Facilities
Recruitment #2024-4-5694/7001/7799
Full-time, Permanent, Represented positions
Location: South Puget Sound Region- Little Rock, WA

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $3,974.00 – $5,341.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 5/2/24. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The South Puget Sound Region is currently seeking highly motivated individuals to fill vacancies for our Forest Crew Supervisor- Corrections Facility positions at Cedar Creek Correction Center located in Little Rock WA. While being highly demanding these positions are also highly rewarding to those who want to truly make a difference within a diverse and unique work group. The tangible rewards of this job come from helping DNR meet its strategic obligations to the community and from the transformation of Incarcerated Individuals, who traditionally have minimal job skills and poor work ethics into hard-working individuals with employable skills. Developing Incarcerated Individuals is a critical function of this position. Successful applicants will need to develop incarcerated individuals with limited skills into a highly functional 10-person team. Cedar Creek Crews have a commitment to hard work in arduous conditions on wildland fires and in various forest health operations.



The primary responsibilities of these positions are the training, productivity, and safety of Incarcerated Individuals who engage in wildland firefighting and forest crafts operations. During fire season, the position will require assignments to remote fire camps for extended periods. During fire season, applicants can expect workdays that routinely exceed the normally scheduled 10 hours per day and may include weekends and holiday assignments.
The successful applicant will be trusted to primarily recruit, mentor, and train incarcerated individuals in forest craft skills while supervising a 10-person adult male offender crew. These skills will be used to help protect communities, manage DNR State lands assets, and help incarcerated offenders develop job skills that can be used when they are released from incarceration. The successful applicant will be trusted to foster and maintain an interactive relationship with DOC to ensure that incarcerated individuals are effectively managed across both state agencies according to WACs, RCWs, and interagency agreements. The key to this position will be the applicant’s ability to communicate, problem-solve, manage, and lead cooperatively with peers and supervisors.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience in some or all of the following forest crafts which includes: Forest seedling planting, forest plantation, vegetation management, pre-commercial thinning, recreation trail and facilities construction and maintenance, chainsaw use and maintenance, hand tool use and maintenance and wildland fire suppression,
    OR technical/professional forestry knowledge and skills which are acquired through the completion of a 2 or 4-year degree in forester management or closely related field, program, or study.
  • Six months supervisory experience either in an adult/juvenile correctional environment or a professional production-based business.
  • Supervisory experience in a diverse work setting that is centered on safety and security.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Possess the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing using common technology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • FCSs typically work in various outdoor settings such as forested areas, wildland-urban interface areas, desert basalt, and scabland settings. Must have the physical ability to traverse all uneven terrain. Must be able to work in all weather conditions. Must be able to work in and on DOC institutional grounds. Must be able to abide by all DNR and DOC policies.
  • Must be able to operate a 12-person dual, four-wheel drive vehicle on improved roadways, and off-road settings. Drive time may exceed 1 hour each way, with occasional drive times up to 10 may be required during emergency response. Must be able to tow trailers that vary in length from 12’ up to 16’.
  • 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.
  • Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of this position, an NCIC Background Investigation will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Applicants must live within a one-hour commute of the workstation.
  • During the first year of employment, successful candidates must attain the level of FF2 by passing guard school in which S-130, S-190, S-212, and L-180 are taught.
  • During the second year of employment, employees must attend and pass the S-131 FF1 class and work towards completion of the FF1 task book.
  • Upon Completion of the FF1 task book, employees are expected to work towards IC5 certification and Single Resource-Crew Boss certification.
  • Must pass arduous work capacity test annually that consists of carrying a 45-pound pack three miles in under forty-five minutes.
  • Maintains valid First Aid, CPR, and AED card.
  • Attend any offered trainings, pass trailer towing training, and maintain or stay current with all requirements pertaining to this position.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of:
    • Wildland fire Suppression
    • Forest data collection
    • Natural resource management methods, practices, and techniques
    • Use of equipment and tools
    • Maintaining safe working conditions in outdoor work environments
    • Supervision of adult incarcerated individuals
  • Work experience that demonstrates:
    • Leadership skills
    • Conflict resolution
    • Interpersonal communication skills
    • Professionalism
  • Experience in:
    • Wildland fire suppression
    • Silvicultural work (tree planting, vegetation management, and pre-commercial thinning
    • Recreation trail and facilities construction and maintenance
    • Operating a vehicle on forest roads
    • Supervision of adult incarcerated individuals
    • Microsoft Suite
  • Technical / Professional knowledge, skills, and licenses:
    • Current pesticide applicator license in Washington State including Laws and Safety, Right of Way, Agricultural Weed, and Aquatics endorsements (or the ability to obtain)
    • Red Card Qualification of any Single Resource Boss, (preferably Crew Boss)
  • A 2 or 4-year college-level course of study in natural resources, fire science, or other applicable fields
Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position – If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your experience relates to them, please contact us at A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a job description. We value diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we are looking for the best person for the job. Don’t hesitate to apply! 


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • Apply online: at (Click on the APPLY button above).
  • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
  • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
  • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your 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 who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at 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 Bob Pickens at or Shane Calvert 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 which 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 benefits 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 it. 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 through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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