Washington State Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Multiple locations Eastern WA) 07440 in Eastern Washington, Washington


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission


State Parksis governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Our Mission The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.

Our Vision Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.

Washington State Parksemploys more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.

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This announcement is for an On-Call Natural Resource Specialist 3 position located in the Eastern Region, WA (multiple locations in eastern WA possible).

*PLEASE NOTE- *Individuals will have the opportunity to decide the duty location of this position from Ellensburg, Wenatchee or Spokane, WA.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.

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This non-permanent, on-call stewardship forester position provides expert knowledge and skills to advance the agency's forest health/tree risk reduction efforts in select eastern Washington parks. The position will facilitate the reduction of risk associated with tree failures, insect/disease infestations, and fire. The position provides expert forestry skills associated with stand inventories and assessments, data management and analysis, silvicultural prescription development and plan documentation, permitting and public outreach, grants and cost-share programs, timber harvest contract development and advertisement, treatment implementation and compliance, and post harvest rehabilitation and monitoring. The position requires a high degree of sensitivity to protection of park resources and stakeholder concerns.

The Agency Forester (NR Scientist 3) and Natural Resources Program Manager will undertake forest health/tree risk reduction actions in select areas of Alta Lake, Brooks Memorial, Fields Spring, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, and other eastern Washington state parks. Coordinating with the Natural Resource Scientist 3, but working independently, this position will:

  • Undertake forest health/tree risk assessments (diagnosis of insect, disease, and environmental factors influencing forest health).
  • Characterize stands (inventories/cruises, stand summaries and appraisals).
  • Develop silvicultural prescriptions to address forest health/tree risk issues (intermediate practices and harvesting systems that promote healthy, functional, esthetically pleasing forest environments).
  • Incorporate assessments, inventories, and prescriptions into forest management documents (forest plans, GIS database).
  • Obtain Forest Practices Permits and assist with other permitting and grant requirements (including public meetings).
  • Implement forest plan prescription(s) (bid package and contract preparation, compliance, slash abatement, post-harvest rehabilitation).
  • Provide direction to park staff and contractors (including Washington Conservation Corps, DNR-Corrections) and other work as assigned. Qualifications

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, LICENSURE SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Bachelor's degree in forestry (Master's preferred) or closely aligned discipline with 5+ years of professional experience undertaking most if not all of the assigned work activities noted above.


A valid drivers license

DESIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND ABILITIES: Experience working with diverse stakeholders.

Familiarity with WORD, EXCEL, ArcGIS, and forestry-related cruise, fire, and stand development model computer programs.

Skilled in the identification of eastern Washington forest insects and diseases.

Skilled in the identification of major tree failure defects.

Washington State Public Operators pesticide license.

Current certification in CPR and First Aid

THIS POSITION MUST: Have expertise in inventorying forested stands and developing/implementing silvicultural prescriptions to facilitate the reduction of risk associated with tree failures, insect/disease infestations, and fire.

Be willing to work alone under harsh field conditions, including working around diseased/defective trees, in inclement weather, and outside of daylight hours.

Be capable of functioning at a high mental and physical level in a variety of challenging work environments, while undertaking tasks that include (but are not limited to) lifting heavy objects in excess of 40 pounds, working around obstacles and on uneven terrain, and standing for long periods of time. The position also requires both near and far vision when driving, inspecting and overseeing work activities, and preparing field and technical reports.

Be able to communicate effectively in English, both in writing and verbally (including public speaking); make reasonable and/or independent decisions; follow instructions; problem solve; read and understand technical documentation; deal reasonably in confrontations; interact civilly with public and coworkers; maintain professional ethnical conduct; perform mathematical calculations; and organize complex tasks.

Supplemental Information

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 07440when searching for the job announcement. You must attach or embed in your application the following:

  • Current resume
  • Three professional references
  • Letter of Interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement

All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

NOTE: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to: personal history, driving record, and employment.

This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and pay dues or as a non-member pay agency shop fee, non-association fee or a representation fee. The union shop provision shall be effective no later than the 30th day following the effective date of the appointment.

For more information: http://www.dop.wa.gov/recruitment/JobSeekerServices/Pages/UnionInformation.aspx

Diversity Policy Statement

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
  • Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For information about this position, please contact Robert Fimbel at R*obert.Fimbel@parks.wa.gov* or (360) 902-8592.

Salary: $3,807.00 - $5,001.00 Monthly

Location: Multiple Locations - Eastern Washington, WA

Job Type: On-Call

Department: Parks and Recreation Commission

Job Number: 2016-07440 Eastern WA

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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

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