Forest Practices Program Coordinator, NRS4

Salary: $61,056.00 – $82,056.00 Annually
Location: Kittitas County – Ellensburg, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-10-7256-13603
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 10/20/2023
Closing Date: 11/12/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Salary Information: The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
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Forest Practices Program Coordinator, NRS4 description image
Forest Practices Program Coordinator, NRS4
Recruitment #2023-10-7256
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Southeast Region- Ellensburg, WA

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $5,088.00 – $6,838.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 11/3/2023. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you fascinated by Forest Practice regulation? Do you have a passion for providing expert-level consultation, and want to lead a small team to deliver high-quality service? If so, you might just be a perfect candidate for Southeast Region’s Forest Practices Coordinator.

The DNR is responsible for regulating forestry activities on both private and state-owned public lands in Washington State. This includes regulating timber harvests, building or repairing forest roads or culverts, thinning forests, and many other forest practices. In order to monitor these activities in DNR’s expansive Southeast Region, the Forest Practices Coordinator (FPPC) supervises one Natural Resources Technician and is responsible for the office processing of forest practices applications, and staff support.

The FPPC will be leading a team that has a lot of knowledge and experience. The FPPC provides support to all team members within the forest practices program in the Southeast region and assists the District Manager in reviewing legislative policies and laws and giving recommendations.




  • Leading and supervising the Forest Practices Office in the Southeast Region, which consists of the FPPC and 1 Natural Resource Technician 3.
  • Develop and foster collaborative partnerships with diverse internal and external stakeholders to find creative and innovative solutions.
  • Serve as region lead on correspondence, public disclosure requests, and coordination of enforcement actions.
  • Coordinates internal and external dissemination of information to include timber, fish, and wildlife parties.
  • Providing feedback on policy as it affects regulating and protecting state and private forest land in the region and statewide.
  • Effective and positive communication.
  • Working to resolve sensitive resource issues with a variety of partners.
  • Field review and make approval/conditioning decisions on forest practices applications (FPAs) and compliance with forest practices activities.



Required Qualifications:

  • Computer skills involving managing office data and corresponding to multiple customers including staff, landowners, agencies, and Tribes.
  • Associate degree in Forestry or similar Natural Resources degree
    OR two years of experience as a Natural Resources Specialist 2 in a Forestry Field
    OR three years of paraprofessional experience in regulatory programs involving Forestry.
  • Working knowledge of the 2001 Forest Practices Rules and Forest Practices Board Manual.
  • Demonstrated ability:
    • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
    • Providing outstanding customer service
    • Working effectively as part of a team
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • The position’s assigned duty station is the region headquarters in Ellensburg. Work is performed in an office setting (50%). The other 50% consists of fieldwork, which is performed in isolated, unimproved natural areas. Incumbent must be able to traverse steep, uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Requires 50% travel time between forest practice sites when completing field duties. Occasional overnight travel will be necessary to accomplish these tasks when business needs arise and for attendance of trainings, coordination of off-site meetings, etc.
  • 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 Bachelor’s degree in forestry or related natural resources area and three years of professional experience working with regulatory programs in the forestry sector.
  • Experience implementing Washington’s Forest and Fish Rules.
  • Experience implementing rules as a DNR Forest Practices Forester.
  • Experience analyzing complex documents for compliance with rules/laws.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating public meetings.


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 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 Luke Warthen 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

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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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