DNR Service Forestry Program Manager, Environmental Planner 5

Recruitment #2021-09-7943
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Resiliency Division’s Community and Landowner Assistance Section/Service Forestry Program. Are you someone who loves the outdoors and is passionate about helping small private forest landowners in Washington State? If you value delivering conservation on private lands, working to remove barriers to connect private forest landowners to critical resources and educational opportunities, or supporting a program with diverse natural resource professionals, then this is the job for you! The DNR’s Forest Resiliency Division is seeking a motivated individual to lead our Service Forestry team – forest and regional level.

The Service Forestry Program is an integral part of the DNR team through the direct delivery of technical assistance and educational services supporting proactive management of Washington’s small private forest lands. The program provides land management advice to landowners and helps to assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, determine cost-share eligibility, assist with treatment implementation, and recommend management practices to help achieve objectives. The program educates landowners and assists with development and implementation of management plans to guide current and future management actions.

As part of this Division and Program, you will work along side a talented cadre of professional planners, scientists, and implementers providing service to state, private, and federal partners to increase the resiliency and health of Washington’s forests and landscapes. In this position, you will lead a skilled team focused on providing services to small private forest landowners throughout Washington, serve as the subject matter expert and be responsible for the overall oversight and coordination of stewardship and forestry program planning, administration, technical assistance programs, financial assistance programs, and federal reporting requirements. This position works with the program team under the supervision and guidance of the Assistant Division Manager for Community and Landowner Assistance to provide leadership to direct reports consisting of one financial assistance program administrator, two coordinators, and two biologists as well as providing program guidance and direction to region-based service forestry staff consisting of district managers, service foresters, and forestry specialists.



  • Serve as senior planning consultant for Statewide integrated private lands technical services programs.
  • Build and support western Washington Service Forestry Program including the financial assistance program.
  • Provide program leadership, direction, coordination, support, and formulate program policies, goals, priorities, implementation timelines, and long-range objectives informed by UDSA Forest Service program guidance, the WA State Forest Action Plan, 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan, 10-Year Strategic Plan for Wildland Fire Protection, and in compliance with state and federal policy, law, and objectives.
  • Act as program lead for the Commissioner of Public Lands’ One-Stop-Shop for Integrated Landowner Assistance, requiring substantial interprogram and interagency coordination at the program manager level and above.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee, and other local, state, and federal stakeholders serving small forest landowners to secure program support and create a vibrant, forward-looking program within Washington.
  • Develop, monitor, and amend biennial budgets, expenditures, and deliverables related to program activities as available and allocated resources change.
  • Prepare grant narratives, budgets, and modifications for submission to USDA Forest Service or others in coordination with regions and Division’s grants and contract staff.
  • Develop and administer agreements for implementation of program activities in coordination with grants and contract staff.
  • Provide leadership to multiple professional staff to achieve program priorities and objectives. Set and maintain focus on program priorities and meeting deliverables. Develop work plans, assign and inspect work of staff. Establish work guidelines, expectations, and performance requirements.
  • Mentor, identify and promote professional development opportunities for program personnel.
  • Participate in training, professional development, and continuing education to maintain credentials such as SAF Certified Forester, Certified Tree Farm Inspector, Public Pest Control Consultant, or others.
  • Provide oversight and direction for the development of training and professional development plans for program and regional Service Forestry staff to ensure consistency in program delivery statewide.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in forestry, natural resources, public administration, or related field AND minimum of five years of professional experience in forestry and program administration.
    Bachelor of Science degree in forestry, natural resources, public administration, or related field AND a minimum of seven years of professional experience in forestry and program administration.
  • Three years of experience in building partnerships and securing funding through those partnerships.
  • Three years of experience successfully managing and administering grants, contracts, or other partnership agreements.
  • Three years of experience supervising at least one professional level employee.
  • Demonstrated experience of effective oral and written communications and can convey messages clearly and persuasively. Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated experience responding to and interacting in a positive, responsive, cooperative, collaborative manner with the public and other professionals (both inter-organizational and interdisciplinary).
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office applications and SharePoint.
  • Works well independently and effectively manages multiple tasks at different stages.
  • Organizational management – has a strong understanding and ability to organize efficiently and the ability to develop or use systems for tracking implementation and accomplishments of several complex projects.
  • This position requires approximately 1 to 2 days away from the duty station per month that includes overnight travel for meetings, conferences, and teaching within Washington and nationally.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The Commissioner of Public Lands has instituted a requirement that all employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, as a condition of employment. Vaccination status will be verified at the time an offer of employment is made. An accommodation may be available for individuals who have a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including ArcMap, Survey123, and Collector, and other mapping tools to document work and convey information to non-technical audiences.
  • Successful history of providing technical assistance, education, and educational materials to non-professional audiences, especially forest landowners.
  • Experience with Forest Stewardship Plan and Forest Management Plan development.
  • Current knowledge of Forest Practices rules; Forest Practices Board Manual guidance; and DNR Forest Practices policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Previous experience working with small forest landowners.
  • Public Pest Consultant certification or the ability to become certified within one year of hire.
  • Certified Tree Farm Inspector certification or the ability to become certified within one year of hire.
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification or the ability to become certified within one year of hire.

Supplemental Information

One of the world’s most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Olympia. For more information on this area visit, http://olympiawa.gov.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR’s telework policy.

About the Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. 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. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.

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.

How to Apply: 
To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

Application Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

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!

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 www.washingtonrelay.com.

DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

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