Seed Orchard Development Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 2 (NRS2)

Salary:$50,088.00 – $67,380.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Project (limited duration)
Job Number: 2023-11-P434-15003
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Division: Forest Resources
Opening Date: 11/21/2023
Closing Date: 12/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Salary Information: The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
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Seed Orchard Development Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 2 (NRS2) description image
Seed Orchard Development Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 2 (NRS2)
Recruitment #2023-11-P434
Full-time, Project, Represented position
Anticipated Project employment is November 2023 – June 2025
Location: Meridian Seed Orchard – Olympia, WA

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary:  $4,174.00 – $5,615.00 Monthly

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 11/28/2023.  It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to support reforestation in Washington? 
The Washington Department of Natural Resources is looking for a Seed Orchard Development Forester. Seed orchards are blocks of trees, similar to fruit orchards, that are managed to produce seed that is sent to our nursery to grow tree seedlings. This is part of the team that is responsible for new orchard development, orchard restoration, and improving orchard management practices. In this role, you will learn horticultural skills and tree biology as well as get practical experience with agricultural equipment like tractors and irrigation systems. While our main facility is in the Olympia area, we also manage sites around the state, so you’ll get to travel and see different forest types.




  • Lay out and establish new orchard sites
  • Restore older orchard sites, including inventory and thinning
  • Monitors orchard conditions
  • Evaluate orchard cultural practices to find improved techniques



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, horticulture, or closely related field;
    OR equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Working knowledge of forest stand establishment practices, including site preparation, planting, and vegetation management.
  • Working knowledge of tree maintenance and horticultural care.
  • Experience navigating in unfamiliar remote areas using maps, photos, GPS, or other navigational aids.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • Experience using computers and common software applications, such as MS Word and Excel, and ideally MS Access.
  • Ability to work with forestry contractors to ensure proper execution of contract provisions.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • This is primarily a field position that requires extensive work, sometimes on difficult terrain under adverse weather conditions. Office work is required and may range from 10% to 40%, depending upon the season and project workload.
  • Worksites are located throughout the state, so overnight travel is often required during periods of fieldwork in eastern Washington, which mostly occurs late spring through fall.
  • 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.
  • This position is required to obtain a Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s license within one year of employment.
  • This position is required to live within a 30-minute driving distance of Meridian Seed Orchard to perform frost-protection duties in an effective manner.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with seed orchards & seed collections.


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 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 Jeff DeBell at (360)789-1830 / 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.
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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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