Family Forest Fish Passage Program Manager, Natural Resource Specialist 4
Recruitment #2022-2-6761
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.
Location: Forest Regulation Division- Olympia, WA.

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Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Regulation Division. Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about becoming a natural resource forester working for Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, enjoy providing assistance to the public, and have good practical forestry skills with a proven ability for working as part of a team, then this is the job for you.


The Small Forest Landowner Office is seeking a manager to administer the Family Forest Fish Passage Program.This program helps qualifying small forest landowners fix fish passage barriers on their property. The program funds the replacement of eligible barriers with new structures. Assigned work duties include:

  • Provides first level management and acts as the statewide designated technical expert with a high degree of interaction with other state agency program partners, external stakeholders, project sponsors, regulatory agencies and the public for the successful implementation of the Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP).
  • Tracks the deliverables of the FFFPP by coordinating with the Fish Passage Team which includes a representative from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).
  • Coordinates with the Department of Revenue to assure applicants meet small forest landowner’s criteria.
  • Determines eligibility of FFFPP applications based on:
    • Small forest landowner eligibility criteria;
    • Status of fish passage barrier;
    • Ownership of road crossing and project area; and
    • Forest land and or haul route utilization determination.
  • Implements FFFPP program priorities consistent with DNR’s mission and goals.
  • In coordination with the Fish Passage Team, recommends FFFPP project priorities, funding, and cost-share agreements to the FFFPP Steering Committee.
  • Conducts pre-work conferences with the project sponsor and contractor.
  • Provides guidance and coordination with other agencies regarding forest practices applications and other permitting related issues.
  • Negotiates in-kind services including labor, equipment, materials, and other landowner-provided services.
  • Prepares and produces annual statewide FFFPP Implementation Report.
  • Compiles FFFPP GIS data with Forest Regulation Division staff.
  • Prepares and presents routine status/forecast reports and bill analyses regarding the Family Forest Fish Passage Program when requested by Forest Regulation Division Management.


Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resource science/management field such as forestry or a closely related field.
  • At least three years of professional level forest management experience in road design and construction.
  • Experience working in a natural resource program providing services to the public.
  • Working knowledge of business support software and computer software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the ability to maintain databases) and GIS.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver technical presentations to the public and other interested stakeholders.
  • Position Specific Competencies:
    • Communication Effectiveness,
    • Relationship Building
    • Self-management
    • Team Leadership
    • Initiative, Results Orientation/Drive
  • 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.
  • Ability to walk over steep, uneven terrain under a variety of weather conditions year-round is required. Field work: Walking on uneven ground and in stream work, driving on paved and unimproved gravel roads.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel. Some travel is required, and is typically local or statewide, to meet with sponsors, engineers and DNR and WDFW representatives to conduct business, or attend or provide training.
  • With approval from the Appointing Authority, tele-working for a portion of work time is an option.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Operational experience in Forest Practices Rules.
  • Experience managing multiple tasks at different stages, setting workload priorities and completing tasks on time.
  • Experience in identifying suitable fish habitat.
  • Anticipate and resolve confrontation and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Experience working with other governmental entities.
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate on internal and external issues in active, respectful, cooperative and professional manner.

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 for more information.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (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.
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
  • Complete all supplemental questions.