Salary: $64,092.00 – $86,208.00 Annually
Locations: Olympic Region-Port Angeles/ Northwest Region-Sedro Wooley/ Northeast Region-Omak/ Northeast Region-Deer Park
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent

Natural Resource Police Officers are an armed uniformed police officer sworn to enforce the laws of the State of Washington and the Constitution of the United States on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Natural Resource Police Officers are committed to protecting public safety, state assets and the environment. Natural Resource Police Officers are assigned to geographical areas with the purpose of investigating, identifying and initiating prosecuting those individuals who commit crimes on state protected lands. Natural Resource Police Officers often work alone in remote areas where they have to independently determine the best course of action to effectively resolve a situation. This position reports directly to the Natural Resources Police Sergeant.


  • Identifies and prioritizes areas that experience indiscriminate use in order to identify violators and/or deter such acts.
  • Provides proactive patrols, issues citations and infractions utilizing various methods, such as the use of assigned patrol vehicle and/or off road vehicles to access areas of remote or limited access.
  • Completes reports, collects and preserves evidence, creates and executes search warrants, and testifies in criminal and civil courts. Attends administrative hearings and collaborates with local, county, state and federal enforcement agencies in areas of joint jurisdiction or as needed in special cases.
  • Conducts complex criminal and civil investigations on lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources such as theft of specialized forest products on state lands.
  • Coordinates enforcement patrols with region personnel to address special events or identified issues.
  • Assists wildfire investigators with enforcement of Forest Protection laws when requested.
  • Maintains cross-agency commission with local, county, state, and federal agencies.
  • Works with assigned region staff to provide oversight on signage that enhances compliance and enforcement.
  • Works with assigned region staff to identify problem areas and recommend solutions to gain compliance with agency rules and regulations.
  • Initiates or participates in public outreach and education activities.
  • Works with Department of Natural Resources Communications and Outreach section to address specific issues through use of social media outlets.
  • Completes monthly reports.
  • Maintains and updates computer aided dispatch logs.
  • Provides the required care, upkeep and maintenance of assigned equipment including but not limited to 4×4 patrol vehicle, firearms, all-terrain off road vehicles, chainsaws, radios and other assigned equipment.
  • Conducts annual inspections of assigned equipment, including documenting tracked equipment on required forms.
  • Attends region meetings if requested.
  • Completes other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy per RCW 43.101.200 or Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy (BLEEA) per WAC 139.05.210.
  • Four years experienced as a fully commissioned police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper.
  • Excellent verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a complete background investigation prior to hire to include an in-depth interview, polygraph, psychological evaluation and preemployment drug screening (urinalysis). Must reside within assigned duty location.
  • This position works in an outdoor environment to enforce natural resource and criminal laws. Patrols are conducted on land and water and take place at all hours of the day and in all weather conditions. In most cases, the position works alone and in remote areas with limited backup resources available.
  • Must be willing to travel long distances and be away from home for extended periods as needed.
  • 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: 

  • Lead investigator or detective experience.
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in natural resource science, criminal justice, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Forest Management experience.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at
  • 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.
  • Candidates that move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted via email from 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.

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