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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 519I
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

In the office or in the field, positions serve as technical support for a natural resource program and/or lands manager.  Positions perform a variety of technical duties related to land management and development, soil conservation, pesticide laws and application, fish and wildlife habitat, general farming, silviculture practices, resource protection, and/or the repair and maintenance of equipment, buildings, and grounds.


Under general direction, positions assist a land manager with jurisdiction in multiple watersheds or provide technical support to a resource management program by gathering and/or reviewing data for land management of state owned lands.

Typical Work

Implements existing programs or recommends changes in programs to enhance fish and wildlife habitat; helps assess habit needs for fish and wildlife; conducts fish and wildlife census counts and surveys; 

Monitors public use of the area; maintains good safety and public relations practices; has continuous contact with the public responding to a variety of fish and wildlife inquiries or complaints; provides department information and resolves complaints; advises enforcement personnel of potentially illegal or disruptive actions; 

Monitors the terms of existing sharecrop of other land-use agreements and may make recommendations for new agreements or changes in existing agreements; 

Participates in and is responsible for the production of hay and alfalfa for the winter feeding programs; 

Plants, fertilizes, and cultivates cover and feed crops; mows and rakes hay; harvests grain and seeds; sprays crops, trees, and weeds; plants, prunes, and trims trees and shrubs to provide better habitat; 

Performs sub-journey work in the construction and repair of building and other structures, roadway, pathways, fences, marine docks, floats, piers, and related facilities on the site; estimates materials and time needed to complete the job; 

Operates, cleans, greases, oils, services, and makes minor repairs to tools and equipment; makes emergency adjustments; 

May act as a project coordinator on the site heading and training work crews in construction and maintenance projects and use of equipment; schedules, coordinates, and supervises the work of seasonal personnel when available; 

Gathers or assists in gathering detailed resource inventory information on plant communities, marine resources, soil types, climatic conditions, moisture availability, production capability, local area practices, land demands, and markets; 

Assists in gathering data for land management and lease preparation such as information on rights of entry.  Notes land use, land condition, improvements, production data and lessee intentions; 

Assists in lease management of state-owned lands by inspecting, observing, and reporting land conditions and lessee performance; observes stocking rte, vegetative cover, tillage practices, time of planting, harvest techniques, storage, transportation and sale of commodities, and construction and maintenance of improvements; 

May 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

Positions typically require three years of experience as a Habitat Technician 1 or equivalent or college level work in the field of fish, wildlife, or habitat management, agriculture, forestry, or a natural resource science may substitute year-for-year for experience. 

Some positions require an unrestricted (other than corrective lenses) driver’s license.   

Some positions may require applicants to obtain a Pesticide or Herbicide license. 

Note:  An agency will designate the need for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with specific endorsements.  Candidates selected for CDL positions will be tested for use of a controlled substance and alcohol misuse as required by the 1991 Federal Omnibus Transportation Testing Act.

Class Specification History

New class effective January 1, 2006; Natural Resource Technician 2 (replaces 17010 Land Technician 1, 92151 Habitat Technician 2).
(03/10/2010) Corrected spelling in Typical Work section. Incorrect: Monitors public use of the are maintains […]; Correct: Monitors public use of the area; maintains […]