HCP Reporting and Research Coordinator, Natural Resource Specialist 3
Recruitment #2022-1-7306
This is a Full-time, Non-Permanent, Represented position.
Anticipated Employment: March 2022 – June 2023.

Location: Natural Resources Building, Olympia

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you interested in a career that allows you to support both habitat conservation and research? The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Natural Resource Specialist to report on the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), coordinate research efforts in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF), and assist with forest certification on DNR State Trust Lands statewide.

As the HCP Section’s Reporting and Research Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating projects, contracts, budgets, stakeholder learning groups, and volunteer activities in support of the OESF Research and Monitoring Program. Additionally, as the Reporting and Research Coordinator, you will coordinate HCP annual reporting including updating internal and external websites, and working with the Forest Certification Program Lead to maintain forest certification across DNR-managed State Trust Lands. During legislative session, this position also plays a critical role in the DNR bill analysis process.

To be successful in this position you will need a strong understanding of ecologically-based natural resource management as well as the regulatory environment in which we operate. This position requires excellent understanding of project budgets and ongoing frequent cooperative communication to ensure deadlines are met. Critical and creative thinking is welcome!



  • Coordinates the implementation of agreements and contracts with research partners, including developing budgets, sustaining partnerships, and supporting volunteer involvement.
  • Coordinates and edits the HCP Annual Report.
  • Researches and analyzes how State Lands programs link to and are affected by forest certification standards, and provides training and tools for region and program staff.
  • Coordinate with division staff to provide accurate and useful content for internal and external websites.
  • Participate in legislative bill coordination for the Forest Resources Division.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Strong understanding of ecologically-based natural resource management, and the natural resources regulatory environment, such as:
    • DNR Habitat Conservation Plan, Policy for Sustainable Forests, various DNR land plans
    • Forest Certification Standards
    • State Environmental Policy Act process and public communications
  • Experience with website administration, including:
    • SharePoint
    • Drupal and HTML
  • Proactive collaboration and effective communication.
  • Timeliness and Responsiveness.
  • Organizational and Political Awareness.
  • This position periodically requires travel for meetings, field visits, and other business needs related to forest certification auditing.
  • A valid 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.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
  • All employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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, based on the essential functions of this position.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • Understanding of state budgets and contracts
  • Knowledge of DNR stakeholder groups
  • Understanding of volunteer management
  • Professional Accountability
  • Initiative
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Tact and Diplomacy
  • Adaptability to Changing Needs
  • Degree in natural resource management or related field
  • Understanding of the legislative process

Supplemental Information

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. 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.
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.

Application Requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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:
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.
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.