Salary: $70,800.00 – $95,184.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-7-6699-08844
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Division: Headquarters
Opening Date: 07/11/2023
Closing Date: 8/16/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Aquatic Resources Division! We are looking for someone that is creative and highly motivated to be part of the team that manages 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands. Join our team at the DNR as a full time, permanent Environmental Planner 4 in Olympia, WA.  Are you interested in making a meaningful contribution to the restoration of Puget Sound and its iconic salmon and Orca populations? Join us and help shape the future of how state-owned aquatic lands are used, restored, and protected, as the senior environmental planner in support of our state-wide leasing efforts managing the environmental stewardship unit. This work will directly support our efforts as the stewards of state-owned aquatic lands, developing measures and conditions that users of state-owned aquatic lands must adhere to in order to ensure the protection of aquatic habitat and species.

This position is responsible for leading the coordination between local, state, federal and tribal agencies regarding major new initiatives/or major modifications to existing laws, policies, and Aquatics Division program planning needs. The position supervises four professional planning staff. Management responsibilities include overall direction of the following DNR Aquatic Resources programs and tasks:

  • Mooring buoy program;
  • Habitat stewardship implementation;
  • Consistency and facilitation with Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A), Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58), and Harbor Areas (RCW 79.115);
  • Inter-agency and tribal government collaboration, and
  • Aquaculture policy and planning.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
    AND 3 years of experience
    OR a combination of education and/or experience equivalent. 
  • Experience managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Experience speaking and writing in a clear and succinct manner.
  • Experience collaborating on complex and contentious 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:

  • Some travel may be required for short periods and occasionally may require overnight stays away from home, usually no more than three nights at a time.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of environmental planning principles and strategies. 
  • Knowledge of land use regulations that govern activities in waterbodies, such as the Shoreline Management Act, Growth Management Act, Washington Hydraulic Code, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. 
  •  Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and giving public presentations.
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS.

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.
  • 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.

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