Environmental Planner

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.

Environmental Planner 4-Adaptive Management Project Manager
Recruitment # 2013-01-6872

Salary Range: $4,214 ; $5,535  per month
($4,088 ; $5,369  with 3% temporary reduction)

Note: From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013 a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect for most positions.  For specific information on the Temporary Salary Reduction, click here.  This position is represented by the WFSE. 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.

Open until filled; First review begins February 1, 2013


This is a senior-level position responsible for supporting Washington State’s multi-caucus Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program (AMP) by managing the effective and efficient execution of Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation  and Research Committee (CMER) research and monitoring projects.  The majority of work involves working with scientists and resource specialists representing AMP stakeholders who provide science-based and technical recommendations to assist the Forests and Fish Policy Committee and Forest Practices Board in determining if and when it is necessary or advisable to adjust forest practice laws, rules, or guidance for aquatic resources to achieve Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan resource goals and objectives.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major study in a natural resource science (e.g., forestry, fish biology/management, wildlife management/biology, riparian ecology) or a closely related field, AND five years professional work experience in one of these fields.
  • Knowledge and understanding of forestry/aquatic resource interaction research and monitoring techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management planning principles and techniques. Significant experience in project management, or as a scientist or consultant, in a natural resource or environmental field.
  • Three years of project management and contract experience, including writing/managing project statements of work, budgets, and schedules.
  • Practical experience functioning effectively and producing results in a cooperative natural resource management, research, or related program.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communications skills and practical group process experience (facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and conflict resolution).
  • Creative problem solver, demonstrated ability to think strategically and act assertively while maintaining productive professional relationships.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork including the ability to listen, understand, facilitate, and work skillfully and persuasively in teams without direct authority.


  • Practical experience working with the Washington Forest Practices Rules and the Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program
  • Practical experience working in a cooperative, consensus based research and monitoring program.
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistics, including experimental design, sampling procedures, hypothesis formulation, and testing.


  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position will be required to travel approximately 25% of the time.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience.


This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS for this position.

To be considered for this position, please submit:

  • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.  Please indicate in your letter of interest how you learned of this opportunity.
  • A completed application ;DNR Job Application and Resume
  • The names and contract information of three to five professional references.
  • An online voluntary Applicant Profile Questionnaire. (This form is not required and is submitted online. Please do not print out and send in with application materials).

The first screening will be based on information contained in your candidate materials.

Submit all materials to:
Electronic method preferred. You must indicate recruitment number # 2013-01-6872 in the subject line of your e-mail.
Questions?  Please contact Jim Hotvedt at (360) 902-1740 or e-mail us at

OR other method to:

Melody Wolf
Department of Natural Resources
PO BOX 47033
Olympia, WA 98504-7033
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.  Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.  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.

Olympia, Washington
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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