Wildland Fire Budget Analyst, BA4

Salary: $67,380.00 – $90,624.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-11-5354-14688
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 11/14/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
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Wildland Fire Budget Analyst, BA4 description image
Wildland Fire Budget Analyst, BA4
Recruitment #2023-11-5354

Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA
Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $5,615.00 – $7,552.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 12/1/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you bored with typical state budget work?  A career opportunity is now available to join the DNR Wildland Fire Management Team.   You will work with a dynamic team of professionals supporting the financial needs of wildland firefighting programs by reducing wildfire risk, fire suppression, and promoting healthy forest practices. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Wildland Fire Budget Analyst to provide financial support to the Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Community Resiliency programs within the Wildland Fire Management Division.

The Wildland Fire Management Division’s Business and Operations team provides budget and financial service support to the division and coordinates budget services to DNR’s six regions.  You will be responsible for division-wide budget development support, budget tracking, allotments/spend plans, and reporting analytics. Other responsibilities include oversight of the division’s One Card program, Chart of Accounts operations, invoice processing, and supervision of one Financial Analyst 3.

To be successful in this position you must be customer-focused, intellectually curious, and provide tactical budget solutions for customers and divisional leadership.  Adaptable communication styles are an important part of providing stakeholder outreach and team operations.  

If you are an innovative thinker, problem solver, you’re interested in healthy forests for Washington State, and you want to be a part of helping communities in need then this opportunity is right for you.




  • Independently analyze budgets and provide value-added spending recommendations.
  • Building strong and positive relationships with federal, local, and not-for-profit stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with agency financial, budget, and grants staff to develop strong and lasting working relationships.
  • Independently planning and prioritizing division financial and budget priorities to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Foster a team environment that allows a diverse set of ideas and creative innovative thought.
  • Use MS Excel, Enterprise Reports, and DNR financial systems to collect and analyze data.
  • Translate technical financial information into various communication media to convey information that is understandable for non-financial.



Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics, or statistics and two years of professional experience in budgets, management, or program analysis;
    OR a combination of education and/or experience equivalent.
  • Experience and knowledge in dealing with fiscal information.
  • Experience in working independently and as part of a team, under tight deadlines and managing multiple projects.
  • Experience in working with management, professional and front line staff.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Demonstrates initiative and develops fresh ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics, or statistics and five to six years of professional experience in budgets, management, or program analysis.
  • Knowledge of the state budget process including biennial appropriation request, developing and building a state budget request and allotment requests.
  • Knowledge of DNR budgeting systems including DNR spending plans, variance reports, performance measures and activity inventory.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic/Excel macros, PowerPoint, Enterprise Reporting and Web Intelligence.
  • Leadership experience and skill as demonstrated by influencing and working effectively with others, obtaining cooperation of other departments and internal staff, displaying initiative in finding better solutions, following through by communicating decisions, and taking action.
  • Demonstrate experience of fiscal accountability by following finance regulations, principles, standards and guidelines when committing financial resources or recommending options for budget transactions.


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (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 info@governmentjobs.com 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 Mark McElroy at mark.mcelroy@dnr.wa.gov/360-890-1217 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

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 http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html 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 www.uscis.gov.  

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 DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. 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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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 CareersHelp@des.wa.gov.


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