State of Washington Classified Job Specification
NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENTIST 3
Performs natural resource research requiring ingenuity in the application of techniques where precedents are limited and objectives and scope are only broadly defined. May coordinate and implement natural resource management practices resulting from research findings.
The research situation, the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position and the qualifications of the incumbent are considered in the allocation of positions to this class series since these factors together constitute the actual position responsibility and form the basis for determining grade level. Incumbents allocated to this classification perform research requiring ingenuity in the application of techniques where precedents are limited and serve as a major research project leader.
Defines the research project; consults with agency management to determine needs, goals and objectives;
Conducts surveys, analyzes and records field conditions;
Selects tree, plant, or ecological system and sets the parameters of the study, including environmental manipulations or treatments involved;
Develops and defines the record keeping and reporting procedures;
Trains and supervises other personnel in survey, sample plot installations, field evaluation and reporting work;
Gathers and evaluates sample data; formulates and justifies conclusions and recommendations;
Analyzes and applies related research work conducted by others in specialty field;
Provides consultative service to Resource Managers in specialty field;
Plans and directs control or treatment projects, including the hiring, training, and supervision of field crews;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: statistical theory and techniques; logic and grammar, basic methods of problem solving; research methods; the body of knowledge in specialty field; agency's purposes; objectives of programs and activities.
Ability to: reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; gather and analyze data; participate in conferences and interviews; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science.
Four years-professional research work experience in a specific specialty field (the specialty field is designated for each position).
A Master’s degree will substitute for two years and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
Note: Some positions require possession of a valid Washington State Geologist license. Some positions may additionally require possession of a Washington State Engineering Geologist specialty license and/or a Washington State Hydrogeologist specialty license.
Class Specification History
Revised minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Forest Scientist III): 2-16-73
Revised definition: 10-12-73
Revised minimum qualifications to reflect licensure requirements: 11-15-02
Revised class code: (formerly 95640) effective July 1, 2007