Roads Engineer or Natural Resource Engineer 1 In-Training, WA DNR,

LOCATION: Forks, Washington – if you like the idea of living on the edge of one of the world’s most spectacular rainforests, overlooked by snow-capped mountains and lined by a magnificent, rugged coast, this is the place for you!

CLOSES:  30 May 2017     Note: Recruitment may be extended after 30 May depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.

Olympic Region is actively seeking a Forest Engineer 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, and hiking our scenic mountains or beautiful coast line right 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 2500 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 while maintaining a good work-life balance.
The primary duties of this position are:

• Engineering survey, design and construction compliance on road maintenance and replacement 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.
This position may be filled as a Natural Resource Engineer 1 In-Training to Natural Resource Engineer 2. Once the requirements for the In-Training plan are met the incumbent would be promoted to the NRE 2 level.


NR Engineer 1 In-Training
• A Bachelor's degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related field.
• Ability to apply general engineering principles to design projects in the forest environment.

NR Engineer 2
• One year as a Natural Resource Engineer 1 or equivalent experience and expertise in the forest engineering profession -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 and contract administration -OR-
• Registration as an Engineer-In-Training with two years of engineering experience in forest transportation system design or forest road maintenance procedures -OR-
• Registration as a professional Forest or Civil engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.
Note: 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 Forest or Civil 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


Note: You must apply online in order to be considered.

Questions? Please contact Jim Closner at (360) 374-2800 / or e-mail us at

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Opportunity

Roads Engineer
Natural Resource Engineer 2 
Natural Resource Engineer 1 In-Training
Recruitment # 2017-05-3390-04485

$4,005 – $5,253 per month – NR Engineer 2
$3,541 – $4,644 per month – NR Engineer 1 In-Training 
*Plus a comprehensive benefit package and retirement
We offer generous paid vacation leave and paid state holidays as well as paid sick leave. We strive to offer a work-life balance for our employees!