Unit Engineer, Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 In-Training – WA DNR – Enumclaw, WA

Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 In-Training Recruitment #2024-1-6746 Full-time, Permanent, Represented position Location: South Puget Sound Region-Enumclaw, WA Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered Relocation Compensation may be available and considered Salary: $4,602.00 – $7,184.00 Monthly  Positions with permanent duty stations in King County receive an additional 5% added to their monthly base salary. The salary listed on this announcement reflects the additional 5%. Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 1/16/24. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Are you someone who has excellent organizational skills, can manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time, appreciates the importance of good communication and follow-up, and enjoys working outdoors? Do you want to work with a great group of hard-working and dedicated professionals who maintain over 2000 miles of forest roads; and plan, layout, and comply with contracts for timber harvest in the Puget Sound area of Washington? If so, this is the position for you! The Black Diamond Unit and South Puget Sound Region are actively seeking a Forest or Civil Engineer. The position will have a duty station in Enumclaw, WA. The varied terrain and microclimates in Black Diamond Unit and South Puget Sound 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 Black Diamond Unit and South Puget Region 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 for engineers with the Engineering in Training certification. This position mainly covers the Black Diamond Unit which is located along the Upper Green River in the beautiful Cascade Mountains and partially within the City of Tacoma’s Watershed. Enumclaw is a quaint farming town that has everything you need and is less than an hour away from the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. Have the best of both worlds by enjoying the outdoors around the Puget Sound Region in the mountains or many waterways, while having all the options of the Seattle/Tacoma metro area close by. In this position, you will interact with professionals having diverse talents and skill sets. 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 DNR and South Puget Region have 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.  


Responsibilities: Qualifying experience for the Professional Engineer License may be signed off for engineers with an Engineering in Training certification. Your duties will include bridge inspections, bridge maintenance, engineering survey, design, culvert design, including fish passage structures, and construction compliance on low-volume forest road projects utilizing the agency’s heavy equipment crew and private contractors. Additionally, you will be tasked with the development of public works contracts and prioritization and coordination of road maintenance and construction activities. In this position, you will interact with professionals having diverse talents and skill sets. 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. Detail-oriented project work and consultation Thinking critically and strategically while also meeting project deadlines Being part of a dynamic and energetic team. Creating and maintaining respectful working relationships Manage 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 streamcrossing projects Providing recommendations for actions on bridges, culverts, and other maintenance needs on forest roads Providing recommendations on corrections to fish barriers Bridge condition inspections  


This may be filled as an in-training position. This is designated as a 12-24 month training plan (may be extended to 36 months). If you complete all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required. Candidates will be considered as Civil Engineer 1 (CE2 In-Training) or Civil Engineer 2, depending on qualifications. Required Qualifications: Civil Engineer 1 (CE2 In-Training)  (Salary range: $4,602 – $6,198 per month): Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Forest Operations, or related degree, or will be obtained within 7 months of hire date. OR A combination of equivalent education and/or experience. Knowledge of with forest engineering principles, techniques, and applications such as: logging systems, harvest system design, and road transportation design. Knowledge of ground and cable logging systems, and forest road construction equipment and use. Knowledge of forest practice standards, laws, and rights-of-way. Experience in the use of engineering equipment, tools, and software-including in an academic environment. Knowledge of components required to field designing timber sale road plans. Positive interpersonal and communication skills. DNR Core Competencies:
  • Personal Accountability
  • Value Others
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Inspire Others
  • Commitment to Excellence
Civil Engineer 2  (Salary range: $5,341-$7,184 per month): Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related field, or will obtain within 7 months of hire date, and one year experience in forest road maintenance, timber sale layout, or other equivalent experience. OR 2 years of experience as a Civil Engineer 1 OR a combination of equivalent education and/or experience. Experience in hydraulic structure design. Experience in contract administration and compliance. Experience with timber sales road plan preparation and administration. Experience using programs such as; MS Word, MS Excel, and ArcMap basic and advanced. Also have working knowledge of Skyline XL, AutoCAD, and RoadEng, and the aptitude for learning new software programs. Experience with GPS programs, ArcGIS products (including map making), and other engineering tools and software programs. Experience in navigation using maps, Avenza, aerial photos, compass, orthos, clinometer, radio, laser rangefinder, and GPS. Experience inspecting, instructing, and working with agency heavy equipment crew, and contract crews to ensure road projects are completed as specified. Experience with current forest practice standards, laws, plans, and associated agency policies and WACs. Experience in 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. Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices. Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, and regulations, and public records retention and requests are followed. Dedication to a Safe Workplace: Leadership skills in the maintenance and development of a safe and healthy work environment by promoting safety as the most important consideration in all tasks and activities and fostering an environment where all employees want to contribute to a culture of safety. Being empowered to identify, resolve, or mitigate observed safety concerns. Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to resolve conflicts, write effectively, and communicate with diverse groups both internal and external. Facilitation and negotiation skills. Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment: Ability to obtain and maintain a WSDA Pesticide Applicator License. The position works from an assigned duty station (see above). A majority (70%) of the work is performed in isolated unimproved natural forestry settings. The individual must be able to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Office work requires the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g. desks, files, cabinets, computers, telephones, fax machines, copy machines, etc.). Requires a large majority (70%) of time in the field and traveling between sites in the work unit. Occasional travel out of the work area will occur and is required. A valid unrestricted 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. Desired Qualifications: Experience with forest engineering objectives and timber harvest planning. Received a passing certificate of Fundamentals of Engineering. Ability to traverse roads. Knowledge of Forest Practice standards, SEPA process, laws, and rights-of-way. Knowledge of Policy for Sustainable Forests, Habitat Conservation Plan, and related agency policies. Experience in volumetric road design procedures. Experience in hydrology and hydraulic design procedures. Experience in basic survey procedures and use of equipment to collect and process field data for the design, construction, and costing of engineering projects. Proficiency in using Total Station survey equipment for site mapping. Ability to prepare detailed and accurate descriptions, contracts, cost sheets, and other applicable paperwork for engineering projects. Experience with the timber sale process, Public Works contracts, and contract administration. Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position – If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your past experience relates to them, please contact us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a job description. We value diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we are looking for the best person for the job. Don’t hesitate to apply!  

Supplemental Information

Application Requirements: Apply online: at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements. Resume: that details your experience and qualifications. References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume. Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.). Complete all supplemental questions. Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at info@governmentjobs.com with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications. Questions?  Please contact Nick Chicano at nick.chicano@dnr.wa.gov/360-509-1079 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov 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 which 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 benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information. Additional Information: This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov. 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 it. We thank you and are grateful for your service! Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State 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 in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email CareersHelp@des.wa.gov. Check us out on: DNR’s website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress  
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