Property and Acquisition Specialist 3


$56,676.00 – $76,188.00 Annually


Lewis County – Chehalis, WA

Job Type

Full Time – Permanent

Remote Employment


Job Number



Dept. of Natural Resources

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/25/2023 11:59 AM Pacific



Property and Acquisition Specialist 3 description image
Property and Acquisition Specialist 3 description image
Land Manager, Property and Acquisition Specialist 3
Recruitment #2023-10-6285
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.
Location: Chehalis, WA.

Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $4,723.00 – $6,349.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 10/18/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Aquatic Resources Division. Come help us manage state-owned aquatic lands so that our aquatic resources thrive, businesses grow, waterfront public access is provided, and salmon are preserved in perpetuity.

We are looking for a critical thinker with proficient soft skills who is flexible in decision-making. The ideal candidate is able to work with internal and external issues in an active, respectful, and professional manner. The Aquatics Land Manager, Rivers District manages, protects, and restores 28 counties in southwestern and eastern Washington State.

The Land Manager plays a key role in maintaining an inclusive and respectful work environment while working with internal employees, individual citizens, private industry, Tribes, government agencies, and stakeholders to ensure resources are managed to preserve ecological and economic viability, including clean-up, pollution prevention, habitat conservation and protection, restoration, and assessment of proper use of state-owned aquatic lands. This is accomplished primarily through aquatic land leasing.




  • Work in a respectful and professional manner
  • Build professional relationships
  • Ensuring that the team achieves the DNR vision and mission and does so consistent with the DNR values and core competencies
  • Negotiating aquatic land management issues and proposing contracts to Executive Management
  • Aid proponent through the agreement process
  • Reviews surveys to meet department guidelines
  • Preparing the actual legal lease contract document and the lease exhibits
  • Review and comment on project designs and regulatory permits.
  • Complete SEPA evaluation and follow up on public comment when DNR is the lead agency for land use authorization
  • Ensure compliance with agreements
  • Develop resource management plans
  • Participate in restoration, mitigation, and creosote removal projects by providing assistance to other program staff.



Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with contract, business, or property management.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Experience working with natural resource management/environmental protection issues.
  • Experience providing good customer service.
  • Experience negotiating contentious issues in a respectful, responsive, and informed manner.
  • Experience speaking and writing clearly and succinctly and using typical office software.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on internal and external issues in an active, respectful, cooperative, and professional manner.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • The work environment is a mix between the office and the field, with the majority of work in the office. Most fieldwork involves being on or near the water with the risk of falling in (the use of personal flotation devices is mandatory in such locations.) Most fieldwork involves driving, often on congested roads with a high volume of traffic.
  • Travel may be required to locations within the District or Olympia. Most travel is by car. Most travel requires less than two concurrent nights away. Overnight travel is generally less than two nights a month.
  • A valid driver’s unrestricted 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 and two years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, business or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge and understanding of land use authorizations (leases, easements, licenses, etc.) and other legal instruments associated with land management.
  • Experience working for or with other resource agencies, tribes, or local governments.
  • Knowledge of environmental permitting/regulatory processes and rules.
  • Experience working in commodity industries (e.g., shellfish, minerals, timber, or agriculture).
  • Experience using business management software and/or GIS.
  • Experience with site analysis and/or sampling programs.
  • Experience working on public access, recreation, or parks issues.
  • Experience operating small motorboats.


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). 
  • 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 may 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.
Questions?  Please contact Jacquelyn Dent at, 360-669-3567 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 though 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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