Washington State Natural Resource Engineer 2 in Forks, Washington


Service, Science, Sustainability

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.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.


Natural Resource Engineer 2 NRE 2 Recruitment # 2016-10-3390-10585


$4,005 – $5,253 per month


Permanent, Full-time. This position is represented by the WPEA. Important Note: 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.


Forks, Washington


October 30, 2016 Note: Recruitment may be extended after October 30th depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


Olympic Region is actively seeking Forest Engineers for the Forest Roads Program. The duty station is in Forks Washington in the Olympic Rain Forest. It rains here but, does not limit outdoor activities which are plentiful; fishing, hunting, hiking mountains and our coast line are in the back yard. Qualifying experience for the Professional Engineer License may be signed off on for engineers with the EIT.

This position provides engineering services and support in the management of Olympic Region's road network of approximately 2600 miles of forest roads. Serving within the Roads Engineering Section, duties of this position are essential to the operation of the Region's road maintenance, Public Works and Road Maintenance and Abandonment Planning (RMAP) programs. The primary emphasis will be on culvert and bridge survey, design and replacement to correct fish blockages on forest roads.

Duties of this position include engineering survey, design and construction compliance on a wide range of road maintenance and construction projects in support of the maintenance of the Region's roads infrastructure and its timber sales program. Responsibilities also include duties which contribute to successful compliance with Washington Forest Practices Rules, the Forest and Fish Agreement and RMAP obligations. A NRE2 typically takes full ownership and is the lead on an assigned project from initiation, scoping, surveying, design, permitting, plans, specifications and project construction management. The position is a good opportunity to develop professionally.

The primaryduties of this position are:

  • Engineering survey, design and construction compliance on projects utilizing the Agency heavy equipment crew and private contractors.
  • Prioritization and coordination of road maintenance and construction activities and the development, maintenance and tracking of Region-level short and long term construction plans and schedules.
  • Development and execution of Limited Public Works contracts and the preparation and review of designs, technical specifications and cost estimates for large, complex Public Works contracts.
  • Assist Roads/Bridges Engineer with bridge inspections.
  • Integration of data on planned and completed roads-related activities within the Region's GIS-based Road Management System. Qualifications


  • One year as a Natural Resource Engineer 1
  • OR
  • A Bachelor's degree in Forest or Civil Engineering and two years of engineering experience in forest transportation system design or forest road maintenance procedures.

The following substitutions may be made for the education and experience requirements in this option:

  • Registration as an Engineer-In-Training will substitute for education;
  • Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington will substitute for either the education or experience requirements;
  • Equivalent education/experience in professional Engineering practices may be substituted for the education requirement. Credit granted for experience and/or education under this substitution must demonstrate four or more years of broad based progressive experience in the fundamental knowledge of Engineering theory and practice under the guidelines specified in WAC 196-20-020.

Key Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and other engineering software programs
  • Site surveying, road and culvert design and construction compliance skills

Preferred/Desired Education, Training and/or Competencies Additional qualifications or characteristics that may enhance the effectiveness in performing the job, but that are not required.

  • A working knowledge of geology/geomorphology/slope stability/landforms, stream morphology and hydraulics
  • Registration as an Engineer-In-Training


  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel. 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.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY This recruitment is open to all candidates who meet the required qualifications for this position.


  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • Submit the following:
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.
  • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
  • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting.
  • You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.

Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.

Questions? Please contact Jim Closner at (360) 374-2800/james.closner@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

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. 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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10-3390-10585

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

Closing: 10/30/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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

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

Salary: $48,060.00 - $63,036.00 Annually

Location: Clallam County – Forks, WA