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Unit Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Belfair, WA
Job Description:

Unit Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 3 (NRS3)

Recruitment #2024-6-3720

Full-time, Permanent, Represented position

Location: South Puget Sound Region - Belfair, WA

Work Hours flexibility may be available and considered

Relocation Compensation may be available and considered

Salary: $4,865.00 - $6,539.00 Monthly 

(See official listing for full details.)

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our South Puget Sound Region. Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about becoming a Unit Forester working for Washington State? If you love working outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, have good forest management skills, a working knowledge of timber harvesting methods, and enjoy being a part of a high-functioning team, then this job might be for you. The Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region is looking for a Unit Forester to join our Belfair Unit.


Required Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in forestry or related field; AND two years of professional forestry experience.
  • OR An associate degree in forestry or a related field; AND four years of professional forestry experience.
  • OR A combination of equivalent education and/or experience.
  • Experience in applying theory, policy, principles, and practices of the forestry profession as applied to the Northwestern United States (i.e., fundamentals of silviculture of Northwest species, markets and economics, cruising methods, sales layout, logging methods, engineering, plant nutrition, propagation and weed control, reforestation and intensive forest practices, recreation, multiple use, inventory, water quality, watershed management and basic principles of fisheries management.).
  • Professional experience in the application of forest management objectives and timber management planning.
  • Experience preparing and/or managing timber sales contracts.
  • Experience with ground and cable logging systems, and forest road construction.
  • Experience with, and understanding of Forest Practices rules, natural resources law, and practices.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with GPS technology and GIS mapping products.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
$58,380.00 - $78,468.00 Annually

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of which include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Relocation compensation 
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days.

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