Washington State Forest Engineer -Timber Sales-NRE 2 in Chehalis, Washington


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 $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 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.


Forest Engineer – Timber Sales Natural Resources Engineer 2 Recruitment #*2016-09-5808-09859*


$4,005 – $5,253 per month


Permanent, Full-time. This position is represented by the WPEA. Important Note: Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.


Chehalis, Washington


October 23, 2016 Note: Recruitment may be extended after October 23 depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


Lewis District is actively seeking a Forest Engineer supporting the timber sales and forest roads programs. We're looking for someone who has strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to create solutions, and loves to work in the woods. Our team of engineers and foresters offers a collaborative and dynamic environment where you can grow personally and professionally.

This Forest Engineer position maintains, designs, and coordinates forest road construction on state-managed lands while minimizing impacts to surrounding landscapes and waters. As a Forest Engineer you will work with foresters and biologists to create successful logging plans for DNR's timber sales program by analyzing logging system feasibility, and road infrastructure use and costs.

These Forest Engineer positions are seen as providing leadership development opportunities within the agency and can offer you broad exposure to all levels of management and professional development. For candidates willing to take the next step, opportunities include a development pathway toward management positions, professional engineering licensure, and/or executive developmental assignments. DNR employees provide professional, forward-looking stewardship of our state lands, natural resources, and environment by providing leadership in creating a sustainable future for the Trusts and all Washington citizens. If you are looking for a job that combines the need to challenge your analytical mind with your love of the outdoors, join our team in Lewis District and help us meet our goals while we help you meet your own. Qualifications


  • Knowledge of forest engineering principles, techniques and application such as: logging systems, harvest system design, and road transportation design
  • Knowledge of ground and cable logging systems, and forest road construction equipment and use
  • Use of engineering equipment, tools and software
  • The ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written context
  • The ability to work independently on assigned tasks
  • The ability to develop, plan, implement and manage activities to meet targets and deadlines
  • Knowledge of forest management objectives and timber management planning
  • Proven ability in computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A documented history and continual commitment to safe work practices

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved after receiving:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Forest Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Forest Operations Management.


  • Knowledge of forest practice standards, rules and laws
  • Knowledge of hydraulic structure design
  • Experience using ArcGIS software
  • Strong facilitation and negotiation skills
  • The ability to conduct contract administration on forest and road maintenance projects.
  • Familiar with the use of forest engineering tools such as GPS and laser measurement devices; and auto CAD, RoadEng and other engineering software programs


  • 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.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. Supplemental Information

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


  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • 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.
  • You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.

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 Jon J. Tweedale at (360) 740-6848/jon.tweedale@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). The DNR is an equal opportunity employer. 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) 902-1097. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09-5808-09859

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

Closing: 10/23/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $48,060.00 - $63,036.00 Annually

Location: Lewis County – Chehalis, WA