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State Uplands Forester

at State of Washington

Posted: 10/13/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2312489
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description

 


Service, Science, Sustainability
 
Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge.  Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.
 
DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.
 
The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.
 
We have some of the most talented people in the industry.  We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.  We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website

Duties

State Uplands Forester
Natural Resource Specialist 1
Recruitment # 2019-01-8294, 8295, 8296, 8297
 
 
SALARY RANGE:            
$3,249 – $4,361 per month
                                          
TYPE OF POSITION:       
4 Non-Permanent, Full-time.   These positions are represented by the WPEA. 
 
LOCATION:        
Colville, Deer Park, Omak, and Loomis Washington
 
CLOSES:            
31 December 2019.   
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 31 December depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.
 
POSITION PROFILE:
 
The Northeast Region of the Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting for four Non-Perm, State Uplands Foresters (Natural Resources Specialist 1) to join our team of Silviculture Foresters. 
 
Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about natural resource forester opportunities in Washington State?  If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have good practical field skills with a proven ability for working in a small team, then this is the job for you.
 
These positions will assist the Silviculture Foresters in implementing sound ecological forest management that generates revenue while improving forest health and habitat.  Position responsibilities include assisting in the layout of timber sales.  This work includes, locating and marking timber sale unit boundaries, tree marking, GPS mapping, locating and delineating riparian buffers or other sensitive areas, road layout, cruising, and developing detailed summary reports.  Additional silvicultural duties include conducting stand surveys, preparing and administering pre-commercial thinning, tree planting and fuels reduction contracts under the agency's forest health program.  In addition, this position will assess the health of stands and recommend silvicultural prescriptions and harvest strategies.
 
We have opportunities available in the following locations:
Arcadia (Deer Park, WA)
North Columbia (Colville, WA)
South Okanogan (Omak, WA)
Highlands (Loomis, WA)

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Knowledge and experience with eastside forest management objectives and silvicultural practices.
  • Ability to think critically, analyze, and make decisions in a dynamic and sometimes stressful environment, and work both independently and as part of a team to reach Agency and District goals.
  • Ability to devise own work methods and complete tasks with little direction.
  • Knowledge of and ability to correctly use topographic maps, aerial photos, compass, clinometer, laser rangefinder, and other forestry tools.
  • Ability to use GPS technology to map unit boundaries, roads, sensitive areas, and other features.
  • Ability to use ESRI ArcGIS software to produce maps and analyze data.
  • Personal computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel with aptitude for learning new software as needed.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify tree damaging insects and pathogens present in Eastern Washington and their impacts on forest health.
  • An understanding of logging and forest road layout.
This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved with:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Forestry or a closely related Natural Resource field
  • A two year Associate Degree in Forestry or a closely related Natural Resource field and two years of professional experience; or
  • Four years of experience as a professional forester.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • Professional experience in Washington's eastside forests.
  • Training in eastside silviculture prescription development.
  • Training in timber sale preparation and documentation.
  • Knowledge of Agency policies and Forest Practices requirements for Eastern Washington.
  • Knowledge of contracts and contract management.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to resolve conflicts, write effectively, and communicate with diverse groups both internal and external.
  • The ability to pass the work capacity test at the arduous level.
  • Knowledge of the Lynx Habitat Management Plan and lynx interim guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the Loomis State Forest Landscape Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Knowledge of DNR timber cruising methods.
  • Forest fire prevention and suppression techniques, as well as prescribed fire knowledge. 

SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS: 
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS

  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • You must submit the following:
    • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
    • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
    • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor. 
Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly. 
 
Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.
 
Questions?  Please contact Trisha George at (509) 685-2769/trisha.george@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
 
By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed. This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128.  DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.