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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 176H
Category: Financial Services


In the Special Programs Division of the Department of Revenue, serves as the county program or public log export specialist. Responsible for assisting in policy development, recommends and analyzes legislation and administrative code, and develops and implements assigned programs.

Typical Work

Plans, organizes, directs and controls the work of professional foresters in support of forest tax collections, compliance, audit and/or stumpage valuations;

Hires and trains professional foresters for positions in the field or in staff positions in the headquarters office;

Represents the Department in settlement of disputed tax liability with major taxpayers and their representatives;

Coordinates assignment and use of division motor pool vehicles;

Develops and implements timber valuation policies and tax reporting procedures; supervises the semi-annual development of stumpage valuation schedules used by major timber companies in reporting timber excise taxes;

Develops policies and procedures for uniform administration of state and local property taxes on classified forest lands throughout the state;

Oversees county assessors in the classification, grading and valuation of private forest lands;

Advises and assists county assessors with evaluation of forest management plans and forest land uses for classification and de-classification of forest properties;

Assists in developing standards and procedures for measuring performance and work accountability;

Represents the Department in meetings with taxpayers, other state agencies and county officials, as required;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: professional principles, practices and concepts of forestry, particularly in the areas of timber harvesting and marketing practices of Washington's timber industry as well as the timber sales policies of State and Federal government agencies; Washington's forest tax laws, rules and regulations; Department rules, policies and procedures for tax administration.

Ability to: lead and/or supervise professional staff and to represent the Department in sensitive negotiations with taxpayers and other government agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of experience as a Revenue Forester 3 or equivalent.


A Bachelor's degree in forest management, forest engineering, forest economics or forest science and four years of professional experience in forest tax administration.

Note:  Prior to appointment to this class, incumbents must complete the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) course in market valuation of real property or a minimum of three credit hours of related course work from an accredited technical or vocational institution.

Note:  Employees must possess a valid State of Washington driver's license within 30 days of appointment.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 3-14-89
Revises definition: 10-12-90
Class code change (formerly 6131): 7-1-91
Revised definition: 12-11-92
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 4-21-00
Revised new class code: (formerly 95330) effective July 1, 2007