DNR Urban Forestry Outreach Specialist, Natural Resource Specialist 4 (NRS4)

Position Description

DNR’s Forest Resilience Division is seeking a motivated individual to join the Urban & Community Forestry Program, a small but impactful team of passionate professionals committed to the restoration, enhancement, and management of urban forests across Washington State. As part of this Division and Program, you will work alongside a talented group of planners, scientists, foresters, and outreach professionals providing services to state, private, and federal partners to increase the health and resiliency of Washington’s forested landscapes.

The Urban Forestry Outreach Specialist educates residents and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees in support of the mission and goals of the Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program. The Urban Forestry Outreach Specialist serves as the designated technical expert and statewide lead for urban and community forestry outreach, education, and special project development statewide and oversees the growing outreach and special projects team within the UCF Program. Specifically, the incumbent is tasked with providing consultation, program guidance, and expertise to other staff within the UCF Program and Forest Resilience Division as well as providing critical programmatic information and technical assistance to stakeholders, cities and counties, tribes, and members of the public.

Urban forestry program information is delivered to statewide stakeholders through online tools and site-based presentations, targeting urban forestry professionals employed by local governments, public and private utility organizations, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and others engaged in urban forestry planning and management. The position works to build strong relationships with DNR regions, conservation districts, tribes, and allied organizations to further program goals. Outreach will incorporate the diverse perspectives of stakeholders, including those of racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.


Urban Forestry Outreach Specialist, Natural Resource Specialist 4 (NRS4)
Recruitment #2024-2-7190
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA. Negotiable within Washington State with a strong preference for locations within 35 miles of Olympia.
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $5,088.00 – $6,838.00 Monthly

Application Information

Apply online: at www.careers.wa.gov
Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your 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 who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at 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 Ben Thompson at /360-485-8651 or e-mail us at

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