Salary: $48,156.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Skagit County – Sedro Woolley, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number: 2023-1-7612-00784
Closing: 2/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Natural Resource Specialist 2, Restoration Specialist
Recruitment #2023-1-7612
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Northwest Region- Sedro Woolley, WA
Salary: $4,013.00 – $5,399.00 Monthly

Are you interested in playing an active role in reducing the impacts of marine debris and facilitating habitat restoration throughout the Salish Sea? The Washington Department of Natural Resources is looking for a Restoration Specialist to independently plan and implement the Marine Debris Removal Program within the Aquatic Resources Restoration Program.  

This position provides professional restoration leadership on State-Owned Aquatic Lands (SOAL). Within these landscapes, and under the guidance of the Restoration Manager, the incumbent develops partnerships, negotiates access, and manages the removal of marine debris, creosote and large debris. This position plans removal projects for and directs the work of the fulltime six-person Puget SoundCorps (PSC) crew. In addition, the incumbent develops and manages Limited Public Works contracts and directs the work of volunteer work parties. A successful candidate will have an interdisciplinary understanding of coastal processes, salvage techniques, worksite management, and excellent customer service.


  • Provide advice and operational guidance/support to DNR staff, state and local governments, and members of the public regarding the removal of debris from the aquatic environment.
  • Coordinates with local marine-resource entities, Tribal governments, and other state/federal agencies to identify priority target areas.
  • Manages and operates vessels, heavy equipment, and facilitates transport and trailering of large quantities of marine debris.
  • Acts as lead sawyer and manages a suite of chainsaws and other power tools.  
  • Communicates with private landowners to obtain access to shorelines not managed by a public entity. Develops and manages landowner access agreements.
  • Negotiates amount and conditions for in-kind contributions from federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies who participate in creosote and other hazardous waste removal operations alongside the Marine Debris Removal Program.
  • Designs and implements Best Management Practices and Task Hazard Analysis for removal of hazardous material from State-Owned Aquatic Lands and adjacent properties.
  • Implements safety program consistent with Labor & Industries recommendations.
  • For Public Works contracts, evaluates plans and develops contract specification; evaluates proposals/bids; conducts field inspections and contract compliance; and reviews and approves plans, pay requests, and other submittals. Ensures projects are implemented within contract time and budget constraints.
  • Manages all assigned projects to ensure timely completion within allotted budget, consistent with applicable rules, permit conditions, and agency policies and procedures.
  • Takes the lead in holistic landscape level planning and triage as it relates to diffuse marine debris removal.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent education with the following specialties: natural resource management, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use and environmental planning, and one year of experience of performing technical and paraprofessional duties related to natural resource management activities such as restoration, clean up, water quality, habitat protection, marine resources, or marine operations.
    3 year of experience performing technical and paraprofessional duties related to natural resource management activities such as restoration, clean up, water quality, habitat protection, marine resources, or marine operations.
  • Experience leading work crews, including facilitating on-the-job training.
  • Experience operating or working on or around small boats (15-26 feet) in the marine environment.
  • Ability to independently plan and prioritize work and allocated resources.
  • Capacity to direct and perform physical labor on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer and software such as Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide good customer service.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Working Conditions: 

  • At least 60% of this positions time will be spent in the field. Most fieldwork involves being on or near the water with the risk of falling in. It also involves working around boats, docks and open water in various weather types. Often performs manual labor duties outdoors in all terrain and all weather conditions, with or without reasonable accommodations. Duties may include working long hours, extended periods away from home, lifting more than 50 pounds, running, bending, twisting, walking, and or climbing over uneven terrain. Work environments will include rocky, sandy, muddy, and wood filled beaches and shorelines with unstable footing.
  • Travel involving overnight stays will be required. The geographic area includes all of the Puget Sound’s marine and estuarine shorelines.
  • 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 exemption and accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status or having an approved medical or religious exemption and accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved exemption and 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 natural resource management, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use and environmental planning, public policy.
  • Experience working alone and independently in remote locations.
  • Experience operating, working and maintaining heavy equipment and power tools.
  • Familiarity with the Puget Sound Corps (Washington Conservation Corps).
  • Experience with ArcGIS and GPS technology.
  • Academic study of or work experience following the principles and practices of environmental restoration and natural resource management.
  • Experience working for or with other environmental protection or natural resource agencies.

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
  • 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. 

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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
Questions?  Please contact Christopher Robertson at, 360-708-7226 or e-mail us at

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