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Class Code: 526G
Category: Science & Engineering


As a principal assistant to a Natural Resource Engineer 4 in a DNR region or division, serves as the designated expert with delegated sub-program responsibility such as:  public works contracting, timber harvest systems, statewide coordination of technology transfer. 

Typical Work

Establishes criteria and guidelines for identifying and developing environmentally sensitive engineering projects;  

Assesses the degree of complexity of engineering projects and determines the skills, staffing, and equipment needed for completion;  

Directs and monitors the work on complex and/or environmentally sensitive engineering projects;  

Develops budgets for complex engineering projects and manages the project within the budget allocation;  

Writes feasibility studies, requests for proposals, requests for quotation, and reports;  

Manages Regional Precise Survey Program; supervises the Regional Surveyor, prioritizing and scheduling survey projects; certifies right-of-way plats within the region;  

Negotiates with environmental groups and other State agency representatives concerning solutions to environmental problems related to engineering projects;  

Represents the department on TFW interdisciplinary teams in a professional engineering capacity;  

Researches and develops new methods of accomplishing environmentally sensitive tasks; develops alternatives and evaluates balance of project costs and environmental concerns;  

Provides systems support and training for regional comprehensive harvest planning;  

Develops and provides training for staff engineers on natural resource engineering functions;  

Acts as coordinator for technology transfer of new engineering techniques;   

Performs other work as required. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  principles, practices, and methods of forest engineering; efficient use of construction equipment; arithmetic, geometry, calculus and engineering formulas; surveying and mapping, hydraulics and hydraulic structures, and pipelines; statutes, court decisions and Attorney General's Opinions covering wide variety of engineering functions provided or regulated by State.   

Ability to:  exercise sound independent professional judgment in making decisions on difficult forest engineering problems; analyze and prepare engineering plans and reports and do complicated mathematical computations; plan, supervise, and coordinate engineering work; negotiate with public officials and industrial management’s; traverse rough terrain in all kinds of weather; travel frequently and for extended periods. 

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 as a Natural Resource Engineer 2.  


A Bachelor's degree in Forest Engineering and, subsequent to graduation, two years of engineering experience equivalent to the Natural Resource Engineer 2 level in harvest system design, forest transportation system design, or forest road construction/maintenance contract administration.  The following substitutions may be made for the education and experience requirements in this option: 

  • Registration as an Engineer-in-Training will substitute for education;
  • Designation as a licensed land surveyor in Washington will substitute for one year of the required experience;
  • Registration as a professional engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington will substitute for either the education or experience requirements;
  • Registration as a professional engineer in the branch of logging engineering in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington will substitute for both the education and experience requirements.   

Note:    Some positions may require registration as a land surveyor or professional engineer.    

Note:  Requirements for professional registration as an engineer in the state of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams.  Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration as an engineer in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class. 

Class Specification History

New class: 5-9-86
Revised definition, minimum qualifications and general revision: 10-11-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-15-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 7-9-99
New class code, formerly 60360, effective July 1, 2007.