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Presales Operations Manager, NRS5

Salary: $65,748.00 – $88,416.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-4-2542-04539
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 04/11/2024
Closing Date: 04/25/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Land Use / Natural Resources / Forestry
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Presales Operations Manager, NRS5
Recruitment #2024-4-2542
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location flexibility may be available and considered: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA. 

Flexible Work Hours and Partial Telework may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
: $5,479.00 – $7,368.00 Monthly 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources Product Sales and Leasing Division is seeking a professional, motivated candidate who can lead the Agency’s timber presales operations into the future. Timber harvest revenue from our forested state trust lands contributes to county incomes for junior taxing districts, school construction funds, and other trust beneficiaries. We pride ourselves on reducing the tax burden for Washington citizens through the sustainable harvest of our timber resources while following strict environmental protection regulations across the state.

If you are self-motivated, ethical, and committed to using your time effectively and efficiently every day for the organization, your years of cruising and log marketing experience and knowledge can contribute to our overall success. In this position, you will be part of a team committed to sustainable forest management and timber and revenue production. This role is an integral piece to ensuring timber sales make it to public auction and revenue production. Your duties as Presales Operations Manager could take you to every corner of Washington to work with and train staff in presales methods and operations. Working with Agency staff, stakeholders, and customers will also require excellent communication skills.



As the DNR’s presales expert, this position is the agency expert for all timber sale planning and preparation, including document standards and maximizing timber sale revenue through appropriate market timing. This position also ensures the program consistently implements Agency policies and standards as well as meets requirements in State law before the Board of Natural Resources approval and public auction.

This position provides the leadership of the DNR timber sales presales program by proactively developing, expanding, and improving tools for DNR staff to complete planned sales for auction. In addition, this position expands the linkage to DNR’s timber customers and business partners. As a primary timber presales trainer, this position should be able to motivate and guide personnel within the division and regions to achieve Product Sales goals and objectives.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Forestry, Natural Resources, or a closely related field AND 5 years experience in the forest industry
    OR equivalent education and/or experience.
  • Experience creating and modifying highly complex spreadsheets or datasets to meet different project needs.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience providing expectations and feedback for others, following a formal performance & development plan outline.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Office position with occasional field work. The position will need to work in all types of weather and terrain.
  • Approximately monthly; frequency and length depend on seasonal needs.
  • 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: 
  • Master’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Business Administration, or a closely related field.
  • 10 years of experience with timber sale design, paperwork, and contract compliance, with at least 5 years experience reviewing others’ timber sales.
  • Key Knowledge:
    • Detailed knowledge of DNR timber sale layout and paperwork standards
    • Familiar with forest products industry manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest
    • Familiar with industry-standard practices for timber appraisal and valuation methods
    • Knowledgeable about capabilities, limitations, and general costs of timber harvesting and forest road-building equipment.
    • Laws related to DNR, timber sales, and contracts.
    • Employee Performance Management cycle, and applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).
    • DNR business practices, organizational structures, and agency policies. 
    • DNR’s legal responsibilities as a trust manager, and specific trust mandate components. Familiar with the requirements of
      • Policy for Sustainable Forests (PSF),
      • DNR’s Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP),
      • Criteria for formal forestry certification programs (SFI ® and FSC ®).
  • Skills / Abilities:
    • Effective written and verbal English communication skills, including effective review and editing of others’ writing.
    • Excellent interpersonal relationship development & maintenance
    • Effective records maintenance & organization, to be able to efficiently organize and access key timber sale documents
    • Effective presentation skills, with experience developing presentations and presenting to groups of varying sizes in formal and informal situations
    • Full competence and capabilities with standard office computer programs (Microsoft Suite and Adobe)
    • At least mid-level knowledge and experience with operating GIS applications
    • Intermediate-level or better skills using GIS mapping systems
    • Intermediate-level or better skills using the Land Resource Manager (LRM) application
    • Detail-oriented; ability to identify discrepancies and inconsistencies in spreadsheets and written documents.
Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position – If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your experience relates to them, please contact us at A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a job description. We value diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we are looking for the best person for the job. Don’t hesitate to apply!  


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • Apply online: at (Click on the APPLY button above).
  • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
  • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
  • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your 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 who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at 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.
Questions?  Please contact Padraic Callahan at  or e-mail us at

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. 
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.
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

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!

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State 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 in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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