Salary: $108,365.00 – $126,391.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Exempt
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-5-1674-06675
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 05/17/2023
Closing Date: 5/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Are you passionate about natural resources and the benefits it brings to the public? Do you love a good challenge that leads the complicated work of silviculture, forest modeling, research and monitoring, strategic projects and planning? If you love this type of work, then this is the job for you.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Supervisor for State Uplands, you will oversee the Forest Resources Division. The division manager is responsible for managing one of four state lands divisions governing the management of state lands in Washington, including the Meridian Seed Orchard, Seed plant and the Webster Nursery. Additionally, this position is responsible for:

  • Establish standards, deliverables, and budgets for programs, both in division and in regions.
  • Program development and direction for forest management practices on statewide forested state trust lands.
  • Research and monitoring of forested state trust lands.
  • Scientific consultation all state trust asset classes (forestry, agricultural, commercial etc.).
  • Federal habitat conservation plan implementation and forest certification for forested trust lands.
  • Management of state uplands corporate data for all state trust asset classes, including forest inventory, and modeling.

The right candidate has:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a natural resource science or related field of study.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in a natural resource based program or business. 
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading and managing professional staff, developing budgets, and reviewing legislative bills.
  • Must have highly functioning leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, strategic thinking, situational awareness, effective problem solving, and emotional intelligence.
  • Must be able to effectively and efficiently manage staff and teams towards desired outcomes through:
    • Leading by example
    • Creating a work culture that seeks diversity and equity and encourages authenticity
    • Reinforcing and demonstrating effective work-life balance
    • Creating a culture of inquisitiveness, creativity and open-mindedness
    • Investing in the success of others
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Primary working environment is in the office. Travel to region offices and into the field is occasional and expected to happen once per month on average. May need to walk over rough terrain in inclement weather. Working at the State Legislature is expected.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required to visit region offices and field operations, and to attend meetings with a variety of beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • 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.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of natural resources programs and land management objectives, including:
    • Forestry and forest management
      • silviculture and innovative forest management
      • wildlife habitat management and resource protection
      • adaptive management and the use of science in decision-making
    • Forest inventory, forest estate modeling, GIS and other analytical techniques
    • Strategic planning and large project management
    • Knowledge and understanding of research methods and statistics
  • Demonstrated competencies for managing a large organization:
    • Knowledge of organizational management and development
    • Knowledge of public policy development
    • Skills to develop and manage a complex budget
    • Skills to represent the department in the legislative process
    • Skills to transition program and policy direction to field implementation
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to analyze and resolve complex issues
    • Ability to create and support a diverse and equitable workforce

Application Requirements

  • To be considered you must apply online at 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.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 

For more information and to apply:

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