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Property and Acquisition Specialist 4 (PAS4)

Salary: $61,056.00 – $82,056.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-4-7072-04500
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 04/11/2024
Closing Date: 04/25/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Administration / Clerical & Data Entry / Engineering / Facility Management / Legal / Planning and Development / Public Relations / Risk Management / Transportation / Management / Agriculture / Miscellaneous / Land Use / Natural Resources / Real Estate / Customer Service / Project Management / Records Management / Public Records / Grounds & Landscaping / Forestry / Research / Education, Training & Library / Green-Collar/Environmental / Program Management / Database Administration / Audit / Geographic Information Systems
Property and Acquisition Specialist 4 (PAS4) description image


Property and Acquisition Specialist 4 (PAS4)
Recruitment #2024-4-7072
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA

Work Hours flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $5,088.00 – $6,838.00

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking a Property & Acquisition Specialist 4 (PAS4) to join our Rights-of-Way Program in Olympia, WA. This position serves as a right-of-way subject matter expert and plays a critical role in advising and supporting region and agency efforts to grant and acquire real property rights in accordance with the applicable laws and policies. This particular position serves as the liaison to the United States Forest Service as the cost share analyst and also works to facilitate access issues.

The Rights-of-Way Program coordinates and negotiates to acquire access for state land management activities, grant rights to use state lands, and find solutions to intricate land management issues. If solving puzzles, researching historic and current real property rights, complex negotiations, and a thirst for learning excites you, this career is for you.




  • Provide support and advice to Regions and all Divisions of DNR.
  • Research property ownership, and property rights.
  • Read and write legal descriptions.
  • Assist in title examination, clearance of vesting issues, title reviews, and processing property-related documents and invoices.
  • Serve as an agency expert and project manager of right-of-way.
  • Coordinate subject matter experts to support projects in the regions or other programs.
  • Review contracts.
  • Conduct complex negotiations.
  • Prepare all required documents for assigned duties.
  • Develop training.
  • Basic understanding and usage of ArcGIS Pro or equivalent.
  • Data entry into complex databases.
  • Assisting with public disclosure requests.
  • Ensure all projects on state lands meet obligations to the trusts and are consistent with applicable laws and policies.
  • Ability to work closely with both internal and external stakeholders across a number of disciplines including real estate, contract law, forestry, engineering, agriculture, utilities, natural resource sciences, environmental law, and more.
  • Liaison with the United States Forest Service as the cost share analyst and facilitating access issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, engineering, or real property-related field AND 2 years of professional experience in rights-of-way, land transactions, forestry, real property, contracts, engineering, or surveying,
    OR a combination of education and/or experience equivalent. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • Critical thinking skills to analyze and resolve issues.
  • Competent and effective communication and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in complex negotiations.
  • Experience in creative problem-solving.
  • Proficient computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience handling sensitive matters.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Working Setting: Professional office environment (desks, cubicles, conference rooms, records vault) with a traditional seated-at-desk workstation or standing-at-desk workstation.
  • Travel Requirements: Occasional.
  • 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 involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, or geodetic science or related field.
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker Experience.
  • Real Estate Title/Escrow Company Experience.
  • GIS/Geo-Data Software Experience.
Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position – If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your past 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 Kimberley Bauman at / (360) 463-3483 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 which 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 benefits 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 it. 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.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email

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