$41,352.00 – $62,748.00 Annually
Clallam County – Forks, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
7/5/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Natural Resource Specialist 2/NRS1 In-Training 
Recruitment #2021-06-7193
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Olympic Region.
Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about becoming a natural resource forester working for Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, enjoy providing assistance to the public, and have good practical forestry skills with a proven ability for working as part of a small team, then this is the job for you.

This position is responsible for collecting and evaluating data on young forest stands to ensure adequate stocking levels are present in order to meet future forest management goals and objectives. This position is also responsible for analyzing site factors and competing vegetation conditions and plans future silvicultural activities to promote forest health and productivity, increase revenue for the trusts, and sustain wildlife habitat. Additionally, this position prepares and administers silviculture contracts with both private contractors and Olympic Correction Center crews.

The duty station is located in Forks, WA on the west side of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Within close proximity of the duty station there are endless miles of trails, rivers, and coastlines to explore!



  • Ensure proper reforestation and timely vegetation management with acceptable survival, site occupancy and maximum tree growth rates.
  • Collect, summarize and analyze young forest data.
  • Select and prioritize appropriate treatments to be included in the contract and inmate correctional camp work plans to achieve the desired results.
  • Produce quality silviculture contracts using knowledge of policies, procedures, rules and regulations and program deliverables.
  • Facilitate clear communication of contractual requirements to the public, contractors, and internal stakeholders through written documents, in person meetings and public outreach.
  • Ensure environmental, social, political, contractual, and fiscal objectives are met. Resolve disputes to the full extent in accordance with contractual obligations. Maintain written documentation of resolutions.
  • Foster good working relations with community and adjacent landowners. Be transparent about our operations. Consult and negotiate with adjacent landowners and external stakeholders through various means including public meetings, field site visits, and written and oral communication to resolve property line discrepancies.
  • Ensure a safe work environment and foster good working relationship with neighbors and stakeholders. Best management practices will be used by employees and contractors, including proper use of herbicides, adherence to all rules and regulations, Worker Protection Standards and department safety protocols.

This may be filled as an in-training that is designated as a 24 month training plan that may be extended to a maximum of 36 months.  If you complete all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required. Candidates will be considered as …. (Salary range: $3,446-$4,627 per month) or…. (Salary range: $3,887-$5,229 per month), depending on qualifications.


Natural Resource Specialist 1 (NRS2-In-Training) candidate has:

  • Knowledge of all laws, policies, and practices related to timber sales program.
  • Knowledge of timber and land management planning and practices.
  • Knowledge of silviculture contract preparation and administration.
  • Knowledge of theory, policy, principles and practices of the forestry profession as applied to Northwestern United States (i.e., fundamentals of: silviculture of Northwest species, markets and economics, cruising methods, sales layout, logging methods, engineering, plant nutrition, propagation and weed control, reforestation and intensive forest practices, recreation, multiple use, inventory, water quality, watershed management and basic principles of fisheries management).
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Licensed as Herbicide Applicator or ability to obtain within six months of employment with Laws and Safety, R/W and Agricultural weed endorsements.
  • 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 may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or a closely related Natural Resources field and one year of professional experience; or
  • A two year Associate Degree in Forestry or a closely related Natural Resource field and three years of professional experience.

Natural Resource Specialist 2 candidate will meet the NRS1 required qualifications in addition to the qualifications below:

  • One year of professional forestry experience.
  • Experience with forest management objectives and timber management planning.
  • Experience with current forest management plans and associated agency policies and rules.
  • Experience with silviculture contract preparation and administration.
  • Knowledge of theory, policy, principles and practices of the forestry profession as applied to Northwestern United States (i.e., fundamentals of: Silviculture of Northwest species, markets and economics, cruising methods, sales layout, logging methods, engineering, plant nutrition, propagation and weed control, reforestation and intensive forest practices, recreation, multiple use, inventory, water quality, watershed management and basic principles of fisheries management.)
  • Knowledge of current Forest Practices rules, forestry laws and practices.
  • Experience with use of herbicide in forest settings.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability with facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management or related field.
  • 2 years as a Natural Resource Specialist 1 in the Department of Natural Resources
  • Demonstrated competence in timber harvest planning, preparation, contract administration and Pacific Northwest silviculture.
  • Familiarity with current software used in word processing, spreadsheets and forestry applications. Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
Supplemental Information

One of the world’s most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Forks. For more information on this area visit,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR’s telework policy.

About the Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. 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.

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.

How to Apply: 
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.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

Application Requirements:

  • 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.

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!

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

DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

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