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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 521S
Category: Science & Engineering


Directs, plans and evaluates the daily work activities of a correctional facility resident work crew performing forest road maintenance, fire control, and forest management tasks.

Typical Work

Supervises crews in plantation maintenance spraying, seeding, planting, pre-commercial thinning, water hole development, camp maintenance, recreation trail or campsite construction and maintenance; 

Supervises crews on road maintenance projects such as culvert replacement, bridge redecking and roadside brush control; 

Instructs crews in use of hand tools, axes, picks, shovels, hoes, small power tools, sprayers and power saws, portable pumps, etc; 

Teaches elementary woods and forestry procedures, safety measures and first aid; instructs crews in forest fire fighting techniques, tools, equipment, and directs them in suppression of fires; 

Keeps track of and evaluates crew members; writes daily evaluations regarding the performance of correctional facility residents; 

Maintains and inspects equipment; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: proper use and operating maintenance of forestry hand tools and power equipment, including power saws, spraying equipment, safety procedures applicable to logging operations.

Ability to: give clear, concise work instructions and reports; maintain effective working relationships while maintaining high standards of safety and reasonable production levels among residents; use sound judgment under fire conditions involving extreme physical hazard; sustain long periods of heavy physical exertion under hazardous conditions; use forest measurement tools.

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

One year and six months of forest crafts experience and six months of lead work experience. 

Note: Possession of a valid Washington State driver's license is required. 

Note: Applicants will be required to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class Effective May 1, 1963
Revised September 7, 1973 Title change (formerly Forestry Foreman, Correctional Camp), general revision
Revised September 28, 1977 Title change (formerly Forest Crew Supervisor Correctional Camps), revise definition and minimum qualifications
Revised new class code: (formerly 94720) effective July 1, 2007