Salary: $42,696.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Stevens County – Colville, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-4-A245/5263-05905
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Division: Northeast
Opening Date: 05/01/2023
Closing Date: 5/14/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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, have good practical forestry skills, a working knowledge of timber harvesting methods, and enjoy being part of a high functioning team, then this might be the job for you. The Department of Natural Resources, Northeast Region is looking for two, lead forester to join our North Columbia unit in Colville, WA. These positions, under the supervision of the North Columbia Unit forester, will have regular interaction with foresters, forest engineers, other natural resource professionals, other agency/organization members, and the general public. Responsibilities within the Presales program will include performing as a lead forester on timber sales and timber sale contract compliance including regeneration, and other silvicultural practices with a harvest level of approximately 18 MMBF per year. These positions may also support the fire suppression program during peak workloads.


  • Primary Responsibilities include:
  • Timber sale planning, design, and layout including stream type determination, identification of potentially sensitive areas, boundary location and marking, reserve and legacy tree identification and marking, identifying appropriate harvest systems and locating roads to access landing locations.
  • Timber sale design that provides appropriate resource protection identified in DNR policies, procedures, and forest practices requirements.
  • Communication and consultation with public, specialists, and external stakeholders.
  • Harvest plan development that ensures economic and operational viability.
  • Timber sale document preparation including, SEPA, Forest Practices applications, Silvicultural prescriptions, and GIS maps.
  • Timber sale contract development, compliance, and closeout.
  • Timber cruising to evaluate current and planned harvest areas.

Required Qualifications: 
This may be filled as a Natural Resource Specialist 1 (In-Training) position. This 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 Natural Resource Specialist 2 or Natural Resource Specialist 1 (In-Training), depending on qualifications.

Natural Resource Specialist 1 (In-Training) required qualifications:
(Salary Range: $3,558 – $4,777 Monthly)

  • AA degree in Forestry or Natural Resource related field of study or a combination of education and/or experience equivalent.
  • Basic knowledge of forest management objectives, timber management objectives and silviculture objectives.
  • Knowledge of GPS equipment and ESRI GIS program to map unit boundaries and road layouts.
  • Knowledge of contracting procedures.
  • Knowledge of logging and forest road layout.
  • Experience working independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks, and adapt to changing needs.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Shown ability to work independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks, and adapt to changing needs.

Natural Resource Specialist 2 required qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or Natural Resource related field of study or a combination of education and experience equivalent.
  • Experience with forest management objectives, timber management objectives and silvicultural practices.
  • Experience with GPS equipment and ESRI GIS program to map unit boundaries and road layouts.
  • Experience with contracting procedures.
  • Logging and forest road layout experience.
  • Proven experience in computer applications such as Arc GIS, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Shown ability to work independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks, and adapt to changing needs.

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Positions assigned duty station is the North Columbia work center in Colville, WA. The large majority (80%) of work is performed in isolated unimproved natural areas. Sometimes the incumbent may work alone. The remaining (20%) work is performed in an office or training environment. The incumbent must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions. The person in this position must be able to meet in-person with the ARM, Management Forester, District Engineer, District Manager, Supervisor, and District staff.
  • Position requires a large amount of time in the field traveling alone between timber sales, contract administration sites, fires, and work centers. On occasion, travel throughout the region, other regions, or Olympia for meetings, temporary assignments, and training sessions may be required.
  •  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.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent and no start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or Natural Resource related field of study or; an AA degree and two years of relatable experience; or four years of relatable experience.
  • Knowledge of agency policies and Forest practices requirements for wetland and stream delineation for eastern Washington.
  • Knowledge of Contract Development and Administration or Timber Sales, Road Construction, Reforestation, thinning or other Silvicultural Practices.

Please contact Braden Britt at (509)481-8032, or email us at

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.

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