Coast Engineer-NRE 2/NRE 1 In-Training – WA DNR, Forks, WA

POSITION PROFILE:  This is an exciting and challenging position in the Coast District of the Olympic Region. Working under the supervision of the Coast District Engineer, this position is responsible for engineering work associated with the design, specification, contract preparation and compliance of road layout, road maintenance and abandonment, and the preparation of road plans for approximately 60 mmbf in timber sales. The primary focus for the position is to provide engineering support for the State Timber Sales Program and other State Lands engineering needs within the District through a balance of both field and office engineering. Work may be conducted independently or as part of an engineering team, depending upon the task to be completed. This supports DNR in fulfilling its mission by providing professional level engineering to ensure that all regulations are followed and that each project is done in a manner that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the DNR. This position provides for a balance of professional and personal life during a 40-hour work week. Furthermore, a four-day workweek with 10-hour workdays during most of the year allows for full enjoyment of the northwest summer. This position may be filled at the NRE 1 In-Training level and upon successful completion of an In-Training plan will be promoted to the NRE 2 level.


NRE 2 $4,085 – $5,493 per month

NRE 1 In-Training $3,612 – $4,857 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

3 December 2017  Note: Recruitment may be extended after 3 December 2017 depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.

NRE 1 In-Training:
A Bachelor's degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related field OR
A Bachelor's degree in a Natural Resource field and two (2) years of progressive experience in the field of natural resources OR
An Associate's degree in a Natural Resource field and four (4) years of progressive experience in the field of natural resources.
Ability to apply general engineering principles to design projects in the forest environment.

NRE 2:
One year as a Natural Resources Engineer 1 OR
A Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Forest Engineering and two (2) years of engineering experience in transportation system design or 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
Forest Engineering principles, techniques and application such as: Logging systems, harvest system design and road transportation design;
Knowledge of Forest Practice standards, laws and rights-of-way;
Contract Administration, compliance and construction management;
Knowledge of hydraulic structure design.

Experience using engineering software such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS and RoadENG.
Proficient in basic survey procedures and use of equipment to collect and process field data for design and construction of engineering projects.
Knowledge of surveying with basic surveying equipment.
Knowledge and understanding of field data collection, drafting, design and installation of structures.
Forest Engineering principles, techniques and application such as logging systems, harvest system design and road transportation design.
Knowledge of Forest Practice standard, laws and rights-of-way.

Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
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.
Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
Supplemental Information:
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.

To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above)
You must 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. If you fail to submit the required documents, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

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 Bill Mehl at (360) 640-2129/ or e-mail us at

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