Forest Practices Region Support

State of Washington Dept. of Natural Resources Olympia, Washington
Job Type Paid permanent


This Forest Practices Region Support Specialist plays an important role in the agency's statewide program and operates within a fast–paced, energetic work environment. This Region Support Specialist works with experienced, talented and passionate DNR staff across the state. This position provides technical assistance and advice on consistent implementation of rules and guidance for region and division staff. The person in this position has many opportunities to work with representatives from federal and state agencies, tribes, small and large forest landowners, and the public by interpreting and implementing the Forest Practices Act and Rules.

The Region Support Specialist serves as a technical expert in the development of forest practices rules, board manuals, and guidance documents that directly guide how the program is carried out. The position works closely with region staff, division management, and attorneys from the Assistant Attorney General's office resolving interesting legal issues and sometimes functions as an expert witness on program policy issues for appeals before the Pollution Control Hearings Board and/or Superior Court.

This position serves as the statewide program expert on road maintenance and abandonment planning (RMAPs) and similar forest roads issues. This opportunity allows statewide travel for stakeholder engagement and to maintain productive working relationships by enhancing understanding on key issues associated with the RMAP program.

This position has opportunity to apply technical forestry and forest practices specific expertise by delivering agency-wide training for Forest Practices staff and stakeholders, and by working with the Forest Practices training program manager in curriculum development.

This position comes with a starting benefit package of paid sick leave, one week of vacation (if not already a state employee), 10 days of paid holidays, 1 paid personal day, and support for training to learn new skills and refine current skills. The comprehensive total benefits package included in state service is equal to or greater than $30,000 in employer contributions to health insurance, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation days.



  • Experience managing projects/programs and participating in/or leading groups to analyze, research and resolve issues.
  • Organizational skills and experience managing multiple projects/programs with variable timelines and expectations.
  • Experience in independently evaluating laws, rules, and guidance.
  • Excellent, positive communication skills, both written and verbal, which can be clearly articulated to various audiences and within specified timeframes.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear, concise and understandable format.
  • Experience successfully facilitating small groups with representatives from various backgrounds such as tribes, small forest landowners, industrial forest landowners or other government agencies.


  • A minimum three years' experience in forest management or other natural resource management with various stakeholder groups.
  • A minimum of three years' working knowledge of the 2001 or newer Forest Practices Rules and experience implementing rules across the landscape.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Forestry or related Natural Resources field and three years of professional experience in a Natural Resources program.
  • Five years of field experience as a forest practices forester implementing and enforcing the Forest Practices Act and rules.
  • Advanced skills creating and editing fillable forms/documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience building and maintaining positive, professional working relationships with staff, peers and managers.

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.


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Category Forestry