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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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

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

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.