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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Series Concept



Positions manage a section that includes supervision of two professional staff, one of which is a Natural Resource Specialist 3 or equivalent. Some positions manage a designated natural resource program activity - these positions are distinguished by their managerial duties and include determining or actively participating in setting policy; formulating long-range objectives; integrating internal and external program and policy issues; evaluating programs for compliance with policy, law, and objectives; and using independent judgment to resolve problems.

Typical Work

Plans and directs the department land exchange activities statewide; 

Plans and directs the land bank program which includes administration of funds and supervision of staff; 

Plans and directs the Corrections Camp Program;  

Develops and implements plans for lease negotiation and administration, and conservation practices; 

Manages the operations section responsible for preparation of monthly sales for approval by the Board of Natural Resources, the department’s check cruising program, the log and load accountability program, and the felling quality control program; 

Plans and directs the growth management activities for a department region; 

Acquires environmentally sensitive properties for inclusion in the Natural Area Preserve and Natural Resources Conservation Area systems; 

Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and is accountable for work within the district; 

Evaluates state-owned lands to establish best use, management improvements, and to initiate development actions and priorities; 

Plans, directs, and coordinates work relating to trust land management in road access, road construction, boundary location, appraisals, contract development and administration; reforestation, stand improvement, weed, brush, insect and disease control, and on private and trust lands in forest fire prevention, detection and suppression, forest law enforcement and private forest assistance, forest practices, recreation and surface mining reclamation; 

Reviews and recommends action and priorities on major project approvals; 

Inspects lands under lease when high values or sensitive issues are involved; coordinates and negotiates with lessee to ensure orderly development and compliance with contract provisions.

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

A Bachelor’s degree in forestry or area of specialty and three to four years of professional experience in a program area or one year of experience as a Natural Resource Specialist 3. 

For some positions, two years of experience as a Natural Resource Specialist 2 or higher and one year of supervisory experience achieved within or outside the qualifying experience.  

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New classes effective: January 1, 2006: Natural Resource Specialist 4 (replaces 95840 Natural Resource District Manager, 95850 Natural Resource Project/Section Administrator.)
Revised class code: (formerly 523L) effective July 1, 2007

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