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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

Positions in this category perform specialized assignments in various natural resource disciplines. Incumbents serve as foresters, land managers, program coordinators, program specialists, project and/or section administrators, district managers, or ecology supervisors. Services provided and duties performed include, but are not limited to, the following: coordinating and/or planning forest eco-system programs; coordinating and performing technical contract management and land development activities; coordinating various natural resource programs; serving as a designated staff for a specialized portion of a natural resource program; performing managerial functions for a natural resource program activity; managing work within a section/district; or serving as a unit supervisor of professional environmental staff involved in an environmental program.


Positions in this category coordinate and perform professional and skilled technical forestry or contract management and land development assignments in a geographic area within a district. Some positions may lead other professional and skilled technicians and supervise seasonal crews.

Typical Work

Prepares timber sales; locates sale boundaries, prepares appraisals and contract proposals; designs forest haul roads, maintains timber sale statistics and market data; 

Advises logging contractors regarding timber sales contract provisions; inspects logging operations to enforce contract provisions; 

Inspects, evaluates, and prepares leases; 

Analyzes and evaluates environmental impacts of forest practices; 

Provides advice and assistance regarding implementation of Forest Practices Act; regulates forest activities to ensure compliance with the act by reviewing and accepting or rejecting applications and plans, conducting compliance inspections, taking enforcement actions, and recommending final release from forest practices obligations; 

Directs crews and equipment in fire prevention, pre-suppression and suppression activities; trains fire crews; conducts fire suppression readiness and performance inspections; enforces compliance with fire control laws; 

Conducts forest studies of a technical nature to facilitate statewide forest management programs; 

Conducts field inspections and gathers data for use in land evaluation studies; completes surveys locating property lines and site conditions; prepares maps and reports describing and analyzing observed conditions such as accessibility, terrain, vegetation, soils, local crops and tilling practices, area developments and use practices; identifies need for special studies; 

Assembles data and drafts project proposals for land improvements, which include a description of the work to be done, present and proposed use, cost and benefit, local interest and work proposed priority; 

Drafts contracts for the lease of state-owned land; 

Inspects lands under lease; coordinates inspections, evaluates and reports in the administration of the Mined Land Reclamation Act; 

Investigates instances of apparent trespass; 

May lead or supervise lower level staff.

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 involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aqua culture, business, engineering, geology, forestry or a related natural science and one year of related professional experience. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New classes effective: January 1, 2006: Natural Resource Specialist 1 (replaces 17030 Land Manager 1, 95220 Forester 1.)
Revised class code: (formerly 523I) effective July 1, 2007

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