Forest Practice Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3

$54,492.00 – $77,028.00 Annually
Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
 9/22/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


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Forest Practice Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3
Recruitment #2022-9-3885/3937
Full-time, Permanent, Represented positions
Location: South Puget Sound Region- King/North Pierce County and South Pierce County, WA

Positions with permanent duty stations in King County receive an additional 5% added to their monthly base salary. The salary listed on this announcement reflects an additional 5%.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Do you have the passion for environmental protection? Do you want to be a part of making Washington a place that has sustainable future with fish, wildlife, clean water and a viable timber industry? This job is all about protecting public resources on forest land. Join the South Puget Region of DNR as a Forest Practices Field Forester. The South Puget Sound Region is looking to fill a Forest Practices position in the Wilkeson Unit. The work area is from the Green River to the Puyallup River off to the East and Puget Sound to the West. You would work primarily in King and Pierce Counties.



Responsible for evaluating harvest proposals, stream crossings and protecting Washington’s public resources. This is accomplished by possessing a working knowledge of the Washington State Forest Practice Rules and evaluating and approving/disapproving proposed Forest Practice Applications. Facilitating Interdisciplinary Teams of natural resource professionals when evaluating proposals.


Required Qualifications: 

  • An Associate’s Degree in forestry or a related field; and four years of professional forestry experience.
  • Experience with GPS technology and GIS mapping products.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Position Competencies: 
    • Communicate Effectively
    • Work Effectively as a Team
    • Customer Focus
    • Dedication to a Safe Workplace
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Conditions of Employment:
  • A valid 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.
  • Requires large majority (70%) of field work performed in isolated, unimproved natural areas. Must be able to traverse steep, uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Requires large majority (60%) of time in the field traveling alone between forest practice sites. Some overnight stays may be required. Eligible for per diem and lodging costs when in travel status, except when provided by the agency.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.
Desired Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study Forestry, or related natural science and four years of paraprofessional experience in regulatory programs involving forestry.


Supplemental Information

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. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
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.
Application Requirements:
  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
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!

The 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 during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or
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