Natural Resource Specialist 3 (In-Training) - Two (2) Openings - Permanent - *10842-21

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Sunday, October 17, 2021, 11:45pm


Ellensburg, WA
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WDFW Wildlife Program, Ellensburg, Washington

Are you passionate about forest management and concerned about silviculture, the protection of forests, and improving forest habitat? Are you effective with forest project design, forest management planning, project planning, forest practice regulations and project implementation? If so then apply today to become a Natural Resource Specialist! 

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Natural Resource Specialist to work alongside a diverse team to support the department’s mission and goals by implementing sound ecological forest management within the constraints of policy, applicable legal requirements and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

We are recruiting to hire at the Natural Resource Specialist 1, 2 or 3 level. The expectation will be to train employees coming in at the Natural Resource Specialist 1 or 2 level that will eventually lead to the employee being qualified and classified as a Natural Resource Specialist 3.


Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary range will be as follows:

Natural Resource Specialist 1 - $3,446.00 - $4,509.00 

Natural Resource Specialist 2 - $3,887.00 - $5,102.00
Natural Resource Specialist 3 - $4,398.00 - $5,772.00

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself independently developing, coordinating, and implementing forest management projects on wildlife areas throughout Washington consistent with the Management Strategy for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Forests and wildlife area forest management plans.  

This is an opportunity for you to develop and implement forest restoration projects including commercial and pre-commercial thinning in collaboration with agency biologists, wildlife area managers and management staff.

This is a dynamic role where you will be inventorying forests and developing/updating wildlife area specific forest management plans – compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies.

With your understanding and experience you will ensure successful restoration and protection programs are meeting strategic objectives, coordinated within the agency and with other local, state, and federal processes.

With your proven track record, you can identify with WDFW’s Values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Our Natural Resource Specialists, 

Conduct literature and/or specialist consultation to identify historic ranges of variability, characterize divergence from historic conditions and identify desired future conditions.
Quantify timber volumes and other stand metrics to identify areas where silvicultural treatments are warranted and viable.  
Develop both immediate and long-term strategies for restoring and maintaining desired future conditions.
Evaluate forest inventory data, degree of divergence from historic conditions, habitat quality, risks, accessibility, and economics associated with forest restoration projects. 
Develop necessary management strategies, in collaboration with other agency professionals, to establish priorities and economically viable management projects for restoring and maintaining degraded forest.
Evaluate market conditions and develop timber appraisals to determine project viability, develop management plan implementation strategies and maximize returns for reinvestment into land management activities. 
Perform or coordinate completion of defining harvest units, locating boundaries, identifying harvest road access, designing roads, planning harvest systems, defining environmental requirements, completing required paperwork, and preparing contracts in cooperation with region staff.   
Develop, advertise, and administer contracts for timber sales, pre-commercial thinning, fuels management, road construction or repair, road maintenance, and reforestation projects.  
Supervise contractors, monitoring timber volumes and scale slips, and manage budgets including revenue/costs of timber sales and ensuring successful reforestation.
Utilize ecological integrity monitoring approaches to evaluate project effects.
Conduct tree seedling stocking surveys to ensure compliance with Forest Practices reforestation standards – evaluates wildlife benefits as necessary.  



Work Setting, including hazards:    

Working alone and outside in traverse steep, uneven terrain in all weather conditions. 
Driving will be on primitive roads year-round.


Typically, work schedule is 10 hours per day, 4 days a week – may be required to work long and irregular hours as needed.

Travel Requirements: 

Frequent daily travel to field sites.
Occasional overnight travel.

Tools and Equipment: 

Forest management tools including relaskops, laser range finders, clinometers, diameter tapes, chainsaws, axes, drip torches, and power tools. ATV’s may be used to access remote areas.

Customer Interactions:

Frequent interaction with the general public.


Required Qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist 1:

Bachelor’s degree in forest management, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or a related natural science field.



Equivalent education/experience.

Required Qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist 2:

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or related natural science.


One (1) year of professional experience in a related natural resource specialty area.


Equivalent education/experience.

Required Qualifications for the Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Goal Class):

A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or area of specialty.




Two (2) years of professional experience in a natural resource program area.

Please Note: paraprofessional or technical experience in natural resources may substitute for the professional experience; three (3) years of paraprofessional or technical experience to two (2) years of professional experience.

Job knowledge and experience:

Current forest management strategies and timber management planning.
Two (2) years of professional forest management experience including planning and administering of commercial thinning projects.   
Forest Practices rules and other regulatory laws and policies.
Logging and forest road construction equipment.
Inspecting, instructing, and working with contract crews to ensure compliance with contract(s).
Familiar with and ability to use common forestry equipment suchas GPS devices, maps, aerial photos, compass, clinometer, relaskops, and laser rangefinder to cruise timber and make accurate maps.
Planning and administering pre-commercial thinning projects.
Planning and administering commercial thinning projects.
Planning and administering reforestation projects.
Conflict resolution and public relations. 
Computer applications including MS Word, MS Excel, ARC-GIS ARC-View. 
Safely operating motor vehicles on primitive roads in inclement weather conditions including snow.



Valid driver’s license. 



Certification as a cultural resources technician.
Tree falling certification.
National Wildfire Coordinating Group PM-310-1 Red Card (certified or able to obtain) 
Certification as an ATV and snowmobile operator.


Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.


In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position and the job classification that you think you would qualify for - NRS 1, NRS 2 or NRS 3 (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
A current resume. 
Three professional references. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to

Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
Include your name as it appears on your application in



To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at


As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary range will be as follows:

Natural Resource Specialist 1 - $3,446.00 - $4,509.00 

Natural Resource Specialist 2 - $3,887.00 - $5,102.00
Natural Resource Specialist 3 - $4,398.00 - $5,772.00

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans' Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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Salyse Duckworth

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