Salary: $56,676.00 – $76,188.00 Annually
Location: Skagit County – Sedro Woolley, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 8/23/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

This position reports to the NW Region Silviculturalist and must interact with region and division staff within the DNR by providing consulting services related to silviculture prescriptions, riparian strategy, thinning prescriptions and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) compliance. Work is typically generated through consultation requests and through the annual evaluation process. The character and number of proposed timber sales and subsequent silviculture activities scheduled for the fiscal year typically drive the focus of the work. Specific projects and associated priorities are determined in consultation with the position’s supervisor and the Assistant Region Manager. Occasionally work will be assigned in response to specific needs or requests made by management and/or division personnel.

The duty station for this position is located in Sedro-Woolley, WA, in the scenic Skagit Valley. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the area. The main entrance to North Cascades National Park is only 1 hour drive to the east. The San Juan Islands can be accessed from Anacortes, just a 45 minute drive to the west. Additional recreation opportunities can be found in the surrounding Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest and state forest trust lands. For more urban experiences, Seattle, WA. And Vancouver, B.C. are each only an hour and a half drive away.


  • Assist with the development and maintenance of a dynamic 5-year forest management plan for timber harvest and silviculture activities in the unit.
  • Assist with the implementation of the dynamic 5-year forest management plan for the unit. This involves organizing, monitoring, and evaluating the work of region/division staff, and making any necessary program/plan adjustments.
  • Serve as a professional expert in silviculture. This position is responsible for silvicultural prescriptions in consultation with field managers and foresters. This position provides technical assistance, guidance, information sharing and training for field staff.
  • Coordinate land management contract activities for the region. Review, evaluate and make recommendations related to stand management objectives, silvicultural prescriptions and management activities recorded by field staff in agency’s data base.
  • Develop silviculture and noxious weed prescriptions and administer silviculture and noxious weed contracts, as well as providing silviculture assistance to staff.  Assist engineering with the development and compliance of roadside spray contracts.
  • Act as technology expert. Investigate and apply new technologies such as drones. Provide staff with new technology training. Work with division to ensure data collection tablets are functional and up to date.
  • Assist scientists with the installation and maintenance of forestry research plots and the data collection.
  • Develop and foster collaborative partnerships with diverse internal and external stakeholders to find creative and innovative solutions.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience in applying 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.)
  • Professional experience in the application of forest management objectives, silviculture prescriptions, and timber management planning.
  • Experience preparing and/or managing timber sales and silviculture contracts.
  • Experience with ground and cable logging systems, and forest road construction.
  • Experience with, and understanding of Forest Practices rules, natural resources law and practices.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with GPS technology and GIS mapping products.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in forestry or related field; and three years of professional forestry experience.
    OR An Associate’s Degree in forestry or a related field; and four years of professional forestry experience  
    OR Equivalent commensurate professional on the job experience
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a WSDA Pesticide Applicators License.
  • Office 50%, Field 50%. Fieldwork involves driving forest roads of a variety of conditions; working alone in remote areas, working in all inclement weather conditions across a variety of steep and rugged terrain.
  • Travel may be required periodically as a function of this position.
  • 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: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in forest management, forest operations, or silviculture specific to forestry in the Northwest USA.
  • Three years of professional forestry experience.
  • Experience practicing forestry and silviculture tasks involved in the management of State trust lands.
  • Supervisory experience of at least 6 months which demonstrates ability to promote team building skills, assign work, coaching, and evaluating the work product of other staff.
  • Experience with timber marketing and financial appraisals.
  • Knowledge of employment rules and regulations as they apply to DNR employees.
  • Experience with forest growth and yield simulators.
  • Knowledge of the Incident Command System.
  • Experience with Employee recruitment and selection.
  • Employee performance feedback, coaching, training, motivation, and employee development planning including corrective action tools and strategies.
  • Knowledge of the HCP, Forest Practice Rules, and Policy for Sustainable Forests.
  • Customer Focus: Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with Product Sales Program offered by the organization as follows: Consistently demonstrates to customers an interest in solving their problems. Takes action to solicit feedback and assess performance with customers. Responds to an adverse customer reaction by developing better alternatives.

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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