Forest Practices Program Engineer/Civil Engineer 3
Forest Practices Program Engineer/Civil Engineer 3
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Your office will be located in Olympia
First review of applications on 12/27/2021. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.
Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Want to apply your forest-civil engineering expertise in a unique job? This job is different than most and is a real catch. Would you describe yourself as a designer of forest roads and fish passable stream crossings? Do you want to connect with the natural environment in your work? Got the PS&E blues? Not looking forward to the next season of construction management? This is your opportunity to do a one-eighty. If you are a forest engineer, great! If you are not, in this job you can become one. Begin enjoying your work again.
You should apply for this one if YOU:
Want to manage a diverse portfolio of short-duration review projects. Enjoy working independently and having “your own” truck.
Are up for being part of forest stewardship through state government regulation. If you really dig the idea - even better.
Are willing to critique others’ work and provide constructive feedback.
Would like to support regulatory foresters scattered across the state with your engineering expertise so they are able to make sound permit decisions, and build constructive and helpful working relationships with them so they rely upon you to regularly help them.
Can explain the wonders of engineering to non-engineers and their eyes don’t glaze over. Enjoy teaching others so they are able to understand why engineering matters.
Want to be part of protecting our natural resources unique ecosystems so that future generations are able to enjoy clean water, fish and wildlife in Washington.
Come join a small team within the Forest Regulation Division’s Operations Section where your engineering skills, land ethic, and people skills will be valued and supported as a Forest Practices Engineer. This position provides statewide engineering review support to our Forest Practices Foresters (FPF’s – regulatory foresters) in the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) six statewide
Regions. Read more about the work area below.
The Forest Practices Program covers approximately 9.3 million acres of non-federal, non-tribal forestland in Washington. Ownership patterns range from individuals and families who own small forest parcels to large holdings owned and/or managed by private corporations and public agencies. The DNR is charged with carrying out the state forest practices laws codified in the
Washington Forest Practices Act (Act). The Act’s purpose is to protect public safety, capital improvements of the state and public resources which include wildlife, fish, and water quality, and ensure that Washington continues to support a viable forest products industry.
This position reports to the Forest Practices Lead Engineer (Civil Engineer 4). The team is the Forest Practices Engineering Group (FPEG). FPEG is one of four sub-teams managed by the Forest Regulation Division’s Assistant Division Manager of Operations. The other sub-teams are: The Region Operations-Outreach Team (ROOT), the Forest Practices Science Team (FPST -geologists), the Compliance Monitoring Program
and the Training Team. Collectively, we are the “Ops Team.”
The work area is roughly the northern part of the state from the coast to the Idaho border. Considerations for determining these areas will include workload within FPEG, minimizing travel through congested traffic, location of available DNR office facilities and the candidate’s preferences. The successful candidate may occasionally be required to work in other areas of the state.
Approximately 70-percent of your time will be spent in the office and the field, by invitation from the Regions’ FPFs, assisting them by reviewing the engineering aspects of forest practices activities prior to a permit being submitted or after the permit is submitted for review.
What follows is a typical situation you could be involved in. If you are interested in reading additional typical situations send an email request to: Mark Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typical Situation 1
Review of a Forest Practices Application (FPA, i.e. a permit application) which includes engineering designs for replacement of fish barrier culverts with fish passable structures on four different sites. Two bridges, a pipe and a temporary ford are proposed for installation. In Forest Practices parlance, these are referred to as Forest Practices Hydraulic Projects (FPHPs). FPHP rules found in Chapter 222-16 WAC and Chapter 222-24 WAC and guidance found in Board Manual Section 3 and Section 5
provide some rules and tools to assist with FPHP projects. Your tasks might include:
Prepare for the site inspection described below. Contact the FPF and discuss their concerns and what they want you to address.
Review the FPA. Study the sites using geographic information system data including aerial photography and LiDAR derivatives. Review the plans for accuracy and assess whether they meet Forest Practices Program minimum standards with assistance from the FPHP Applicant Checklist and Stream Simulation Example Designs.
Identify any concerns you have about the designs, relative to successful protection of public resources and public safety.
Interdisciplinary Team Site Inspection
Attend an on-site inspection as an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) member convened by the FPF. Participants will include: Biologists from a Tribe(s) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a Washington Department of Ecology geo-hydrologist, the landowner and their engineering consultant, an ecologist from the County Conservation District and your client – the FPF.
Engage respectfully and tactfully. Ask questions of the landowner and their consultant. Listen. Explain your concerns about the designs, and why. Point out deficiencies in the plans, if any. Refer to relevant
Forest Practices rules and Board Manual guidance. Answer questions of you. Respect DNR protocol that the FPF is the project manager and decisionmaker. Remember, you are their consultant, not anyone else’s.
Participate in a wrap-up discussion at the conclusion of the inspection. Summarize your recommendations to the FPF. Include additional information you recommend the FPF request from the landowner.
IDT Follow-up in Office Follow-up, if needed, with an email or memo to the FPF. Stamp the document if it contains statements which indicate you applied engineering judgment.
Document your review on FPEG’s Engineers’ Report Tracker (ERT) spreadsheet.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Forest Engineering, or other closely related engineering branch,
At least three years’ experience in:
The design of fish passable water crossing structures on roads in federal, state, or local governmental entity settings, and the related federal, state, or local government entity laws, rules and standards.
Management and inspection of road construction and maintenance.
Working with technical drawings and specifications.
Hydraulic design principles.
Stream simulation structure design.
Project management and planning; contract preparation, administration, and compliance; construction techniques and equipment; surveying and surveying principles.
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple projects under multiple timelines within a high stress environment while maintaining a positive attitude.
Working knowledge of:
Permitting processes including field and/or office assessment of permits for compliance with hydraulic projects and road construction/abandonment rules.
Water typing and riparian management zone delineation, riparian and wetland delineation, and forest hydrology.
Water-quality regulations and storm water pollution prevention plans.
Demonstrated success in contributing to large-scale engineering projects including proven ability to complete their assigned tasks within the requisite time frames.
Ability to facilitate and achieve results within group meetings where diverse and competing backgrounds and objectives are present.
Leadership and collaboration, including the ability to listen, understand, facilitate and work skillfully and persuasively in teams. Motivating and positive presence.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering, including such specialties as land surveying and mapping, hydraulic structures; arithmetic, geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; cost estimating; materials testing; methods of stream measurement, including stream flow and scouring action.
A valid professional engineering (PE) license issued by the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The incumbent may substitute a valid PE license issued by another state’s licensing jurisdiction for the Washington PE license, provided they obtain a valid Washington PE license within 6-months of hire. Note: If6-months is an insufficient time period to obtain a Washington PE license due to circumstances beyond the incumbent’s control, such as delays at licensing jurisdictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, additional time may be approved by the Appointing Authority.
A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
DNR Core Competencies:
Commitment to Excellence
All employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccination status will be verified at the time an offer of employment is made. An accommodation may be available for individuals who have a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, based on the essential functions of this position.
Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:
Proficiency in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, TraversePC, RoadEng and other engineering software programs.
Timber harvesting methods.
Riparian management zones.
Timber harvest unit design and layout. Skyline logging payload analysis.
Forest engineering experience related to forest roads including locating and surveying P-lines, construction and abandonment.
Proficient in basic survey procedures and use of equipment to collect and process field data for design and construction of engineering projects.
Experience surveying with total stations and auto levels.
About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision–Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission– Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:
Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
Commitment to organizational health and wellness
DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups
Leadership that empowers and supports employees
Professional development opportunities
Educational and career development aid
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.
To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov. You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Complete all supplemental questions.
Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts and proof of your PE license.
If you participate in an interview, you will be asked to: 1) Provide an example of work which showcases your writing skill. 2) Create a written review of plans for one or both of the following hypothetical proposed forest practices: a) FPHP – Installation of a fish passable crossing. b) Road construction across unstable landforms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy. This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at
DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or
DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.
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Questions? Please contact Mark Stevens at (360) 688-4953, Mark.Stevens@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov
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