Salary: $81,007.00 – $94,482.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number: 2023-3-7387-03918
Closing: 4/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Recreation & Conservation Division. DNR offers a multitude of motorized, non-motorized, and dispersed recreation opportunities across more than 3 million acres of forestlands and conservation areas. The Recreation Operations Manager provides leadership and direction for the on-the-ground management and improvement of recreation opportunities statewide. This includes managing the program’s capital budget, working collaboratively with recreation staff in each of DNR’s six regions, and supervising four staff who collectively provide support and direction on planning and development efforts, facility and equipment maintenance and replacement, DNR’s ADA Hunting Program, and pursuing program and project funding through competitive grants. The right candidate knows that recreation management requires partnerships, great communication, and a lot of creativity. By utilizing your experience managing teams and projects, and leading others in collaborative decision making, you will make lasting improvements to the way DNR manages recreation statewide.


  • Supervises and supports four staff: two Parks Planners, the Recreation Grants Manager, and the Access and Operations Coordinator
  • Develops, manages, and tracks the ~$3 million biennial capital budget in collaboration with regional staff and the Statewide Recreation Manager
  • Leads program planning efforts at both the landscape and project level
  • Leads program grant program, including collaboration with region and headquarters staff to identify appropriate projects, funding sources, and match opportunities
  • Provides leadership to create collaborative solutions to operational challenges that are consistent with existing laws, policies, and procedures
  • Makes recommendations for, and leads as appropriate, project teams to identify, and make recommendations for solutions to, operational opportunities for increased consistency and efficiency across the state
  • Provides support and leadership to follow through on legislative projects and assignments from executive management as needed
  • Provides program leadership for agency equity and environmental justice initiatives

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3 years of experience managing staff teams, preferably with a recreation or land use focus, at a statewide level within the previous 5 years. 
  • 2 years’ experience managing stakeholder relationships in Washington with a statewide footprint that operate exclusively in conservation, recreation, or both during the previous 5 years. This experience must include budget development and working directly with State of Washington resource agencies.
  • Ability to speak well and educate others about the Recreation Program.
  • Strong grasp of the political context for recreation on state lands and the ability to anticipate potential controversy.
  • Strong ability to collaborate with a variety of both internal and external stakeholders
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • 10-15% including overnight travel for site visits, public meetings, or other programmatic needs.
  • A valid 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.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent and no start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Conservation Land Management, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, or related field.

Application Requirements

  • To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • 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.
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

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

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!

The 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 during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

Questions?  Please contact Andrea Martin at, 360-947-1574 or e-mail us at

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