Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) – Coast Engineer

Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) – Coast Engineer

Recruitment #2023-8-5599
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.
Location: Olympic Region – Forks, WA.
Relocation compensation is available and will be considered. 

Salary: $4,385.00 – $6,838.00

Review of applications is ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after September 10. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Olympic Region is actively seeking a Forest or Civil Engineer for the Olympic Region. The position will have a duty station in Forks, WA. The varied terrain and high rainfall in Olympic Region provide for many engineering challenges in forest road layout and maintenance.  The successful candidate will be in charge of developing road plans for the Coast District Timber Sale Program, which will include evaluating existing roads and structures, locating new road locations, designing new stream crossing structures, and doing harvest system analysis.  If you enjoy engineering challenges and watching your work come to fruition, this is the place for you.

Qualifying experience for the Professional Engineer License may be signed off on for engineers with the Engineering in Training certification.

This position covers the Coast District, from Lake Crescent, along the Straits, and down the coast to Grays Harbor County. The community of Forks is small but vibrant.  Port Angeles is only an hour away.  Fishing, hunting, hiking, the mountains and the coast are in the back yard.  The Olympic mountains are breathtaking. The community of Port Angeles is up and coming but with a small town feel.  Many of the amenities that you expect with  a larger town you can find there, everything from a movie theater to boutique dining and shopping options.

In this position you will interact with professionals having diverse talents and skillsets. You will have the opportunity to work frequently with other engineers, foresters, wildlife biologists, GIS professionals, geologists, and heavy equipment operators, to name a few.  The Olympic Region has some of the best Forest Engineers in the country.  Collaboration is one of our agency’s core goals and it is our belief you will benefit by learning while working side by side with others in these fields and other fields as they learn from you.





  • Detail-oriented project work and consultation
  • Manage your own forest road projects from initial scoping to closing out construction
  • Collaborating between different stakeholders in the Region in the process of putting together road and stream crossing projects
  • Creating and maintaining respectful working relationships
  • Providing recommendations for actions on bridges, culverts, and other maintenance needs on forest roads
  • Providing recommendations on corrections to fish barriers
  • Thinking critically and strategically while also meeting project deadlines
  • Being part of a dynamic and energetic team.



Required Qualifications: 
This may be filled as an in-training position. Candidates will be considered as Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) or Civil Engineer 2, depending upon qualifications. The training plan duration is up to 18 months. If the plan is completed in less time, the remainder of the time may be waived.

Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) required qualifications:
(Salary Range: $4,385 – $5,900 per month)

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related field.  
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Civil Engineer 2 required qualifications:
(Salary Range: $5,088 – $6,838)

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related field or 2 years of experience as a Civil Engineer 1.   
  • Knowledge of theory, policy, principles and practices of the forest engineering profession as applied to Northwestern United States (i.e., fundamentals of: markets and economics, sales layout, logging methods, road engineering, water quality, watershed management, fish passage design.
  • Knowledge of current forest practices rules, forestry laws and practices 
  • Experience with timber sales road plan preparation and administration  
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Experience with current forest practice rules plans and associated agency policies and WAC’s.
  • Experience with timber sales road plan preparation and administration
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • This position has a flexible schedule and is subject to evening and weekend work to complete projects. Dispatches to wildland fire incidents often include extended shifts and work weeks. This position is eligible for overtime pay when directed to work in excess of 40 hours per week for fire.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with forest engineering objectives and timber harvest planning
  • Ability to use GIS software to create maps and manage data.
  • Knowledge of road design and drafting software such as RoadEng and AutoCad.
  • Ability to navigate in the field using maps, compass, ad orthophotos.
  • Ability to write professional correspondence and technical documents
  • Familiarity with current software used in word processing, spreadsheets and forestry applications
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.


Supplemental Information

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. 
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those 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
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts. This is a required attachment.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Natural Resources 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, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360)890-2149 or (360) 522-2500 or or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

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