Forest Engineer – State of Washington, Tumwater, WA

The Littlerock Engineer supports the Department’s mission and goals by implementing sound ecological forest management under the guidance of the state lands habitat conservation plan to meet the agencies trust obligations. Littlerock Unit contains over 50,000 acres of DNR Trust Lands within Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties. Located within the Capitol State Forest near Olympia and the State Capitol, this Unit Engineer position provides exciting opportunities to manage the road network in a working forest which provides abundant multiple use recreational opportunities. Littlrock Unit produces approximately 25 to 30 MMBF of timber for sale annually.  

This position is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, and complying the road maintenance activities to ensure Unit roads meet Forest Practice Standards. In
addition, the timber sales engineering responsibilities include providing District Staff with expertise and products related to harvesting and transportation systems to ensure assigned harvest levels are met with
an efficient and environmentally sound transportation system. The Unit Engineer assists with training Unit personnel in engineering aspects of road traversing, location and design; logging systems benefits and
limitations; and selection of appropriate bridge/culvert design to meet local terrain characteristics. The Littlerock Unit is responsible for producing a timber sale action plan, timber sale layout, compliance of
timber sale contracts, road network planning and maintenance, and general land management oversight. Activities occur within a team framework at the Unit, District, and Region level.

Recruitment # 2015-06-6487  — Full Announcement



This position requires the incumbent to have the following in order to perform the essential functions described above:
Knowledge of 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
Knowledge of contract administration and compliance.
Use of engineering equipment, tools and software.
Knowledge of hydraulic structure design.

This level of knowledge and skill is demonstrated through the ability to work under general guidance of a higher level professional or manager. Supervisor typically reviews outcomes and provides advice or direction as needed. Work performed is complex rather than routine, but impact of decisions is generally limited. Assignments normally involve making decisions and judgments within established precedents.

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved after:
A bachelor’s degree in Forest or Civil Engineering. AND
Two years of engineering experience in harvest system design, forest transportation system design, or forest road construction/maintenance contract administration OR completion of a Natural Resource Engineer In-Training Plan.


A Bachelors Degree in Forest Engineering or a closely related field.
Familiar with the use of forest engineering tools such as GPS and laser measurement devices; and auto CAD, RoadEng, GIS and other engineering software programs.
Demonstrated proficiency in volumetric road design procedures
Demonstrated proficiency in hydrology and hydraulic design procedures
Demonstrated proficiency in basic survey procedures and use of equipment to collect and process field data for design, construction and costing of engineering projects
Demonstrated ability to prepare detailed and accurate descriptions, contracts, cost sheets, etc… for engineering projects
Demonstrated ability to conduct contract compliance on forest road construction and maintenance projects

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.
The ability to work in a field environment under all types of weather conditions in steep, mountainous terrain using forest-engineering tools.
Ability to travel when needed.

Work Setting:
Position's assigned duty station is the Tumwater Work Center. Work is performed alone in isolated unimproved natural areas. Incumbent must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Work is also performed in an office with extensive periods of computer use.

Schedule Variations:
Position is overtime exempt. The workweek schedule may be Tuesday through Friday, 0700-1730; Monday through Thursday, 0700-1730; or Monday through Friday, 0800-1630 FREE. However, this position requires a flexible work schedule – projects require some early morning, evening, and weekend work. Required meetings and trainings may occur on weekends and/or evening hours after regularly scheduled workdays and hours. The incumbent is expected to work as many hours as necessary to accomplish their assignments. With prior approval, the incumbent may adjust their work schedule.

Travel Requirements:
Position requires large amounts of time in the field traveling alone. Occasional overnight travel may be required for training sessions.

Equipment Used:
Position is assigned an agency vehicle. Operation of quads may also be required. Incumbent utilizes agency radio equipment and cell phone for communication in the field. Office duties require use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g. desks, files, cabinets, computers, telephones, fax machines, copy machines, etc). Voice mail is expected to be checked on a daily basis and e-mail weekly unless directed otherwise. Field duties require frequent use of engineering survey tools, GPS, topographic maps, aerial photos, compass, clinometer, and chain. Field duties also require occasional use of hand and motor-driven cutting equipment (e.g. axes, saws, chainsaws, etc.). Performs routine maintenance on assigned vehicle, tools and equipment. Position may require riding as a passenger in a helicopter.

Hazardous Materials:
While in an office setting, the position does not come in contact with any hazardous chemicals other than standard surface cleaners and adhesives. While in field settings, the position may come into contact with motor fuels, lubricants, tree-marking paint, paint solvents, and pesticides. This position requires application of pesticide or working with contractors during pesticide application.

Position requires regular contact with external customers and stakeholders including contractors, public, neighboring landowners, and other government representatives. Position has occasional contact with angry and/or distraught customers and stakeholders.
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)
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 state in which they have held a license in during the past 3 years.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Burns at phone number (360) 802-7026/stephanie.burns@dnr.wa.govor e-mail us at