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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 517E
Category: Science & Engineering


Plans, coordinates, and supervises a nursery greenhouse, seed orchard, bare-root facility, or other comparable natural resource operation 


Assists a higher level camp manager in managing natural resource operations at a correctional facility. The camp manager positions function as a second-line supervisor over inmate crews performing a variety of natural resource labor management activities.

Typical Work

Plans, organizes, directs and controls the work activities of a cooperative corrections camp or portion of a camp that performs labor intensive natural resource management activities; leads and/or coordinates work planning processes with agency field managers, staff resource managers, and outside local, State and Federal agency personnel; writes work plans; schedules and assigns work, sets performance standards and resolves problems in accomplishing work;  

Coordinates activities for cooperative relations between DSHS/DOC and DNR such as operating agreements, facilities operations, inmate assignments and problems, interagency relations, etc., peculiar to joint operations of honor camps; 

Directs maintenance, operations, security and record keeping of  physical facilities including water, sewer, energy systems, and buildings; 

Supervises crew supervisors of inmate crews in labor intensive natural resource management activities and coordinates project work with field units or other agencies; equips and trains 2-8, 10-person inmate crews; examples of work activities performed by crews are pre-commercial thinning, tree planting, recreation site and trail construction and maintenance, plantation maintenance, stream clean out, and facilities and grounds care and maintenance; 

Supervises camp helpers, general repairers, forest technicians, equipment mechanics and operators, crew supervisors and similar staff in carrying out camp operations and work activities;

Serves as relief forest crew supervisor in emergency situations and relief camp manager during absences of same; 

Assistant camp managers performs assigned tasks in management and supervision of equipment shops and operations;  

Assists in the preparation of and initiates the yearly operating plan; 

Plans and implements planting, packing, grafting, lifting, shipping, and other operational schedules; 

Conducts tests to develop and modify cultural practices and operational methods; implements new methods for improvement of operational techniques and efficiency, cost effectiveness and the end product; 

Inspects, tests, and determines type and extent of disease or insect presence; consults with scientific personnel; implements and monitors corrective measures; 

Orders and maintains security of chemicals; calculates mixtures and trains subordinates in methods for safe usage; 

Maintains surveillance of elements which may have an effect on the seedling crops, i.e., irrigation, nutrient levels, etc.; determines and implements the appropriate action to ensure healthy seedlings are produced; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  natural resource management operations methods, practices and techniques; principles and practices of forest nursery operation, cultivation, propagation, soil elements, disease and insects common to forest seedlings; methods and techniques of irrigation, sharing and other environmental controls; uses and application techniques of fertilizers and chemical sprays; equipment repair; shop management practices; equipment operations practices; management and supervision styles, methods and techniques.   

Ability to:  plan and manage activities related to forest nurseries; equipment operations, equipment repair shop and facilities operations; supervise, instruct, and evaluate employees.

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 agronomy, horticulture, forest science, or a closely related field. Two years of technical or professional experience in a forest nursery is preferred.


Five years of experience as a supervisor of crews performing natural resource labor management activities and one year of experience as a staff assistant performing professional natural resource management projects or tasks. 

College education in a natural resource field or equivalent professional or technical experience will substitute, year-for-year, for up to four years of the crew supervision experience and one year of experience as a staff assistant performing professional natural resource management projects or tasks.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates: (formerly 94150 Forest Nursery Manager 1; 95900 Natural Resource Camp Manager 1 ) Adopted May 11, 2007 Effective July 1 2007