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Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) - Roads Engineer

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Forks, Washington State
$50,592.00 - $78,900.00 Annually
Closing date
Jul 9, 2023

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Civil Engineer 2/Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) - Roads Engineer
Recruitment #2023-5-3390
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Olympic Region - Forks, WA
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered.

Salary: $4,216 - $6,575  monthly

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED! Review of applications is ongoing.

The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after May 23, 2023. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Olympic Region is actively seeking a Civil or Forest Engineer for the Forest Roads Program. This position is based out of the Region headquarters, located in Forks, WA.  This position covers all of Olympic Region, which includes 371,000 acres of state-managed lands across Clallam, Jefferson and northwest portion of Grays Harbor counties. Lands spans stunning Pacific Ocean beaches to rain forest valleys, East to the Hood Canal, including the Olympic Experimental State Forest. The community of Forks is small but vibrant. Port Angeles is only an hour away.  Fishing, hunting, hiking, the mountains and the coast are in the back yard. If you enjoy working outdoors and appreciate a remote natural environment, have good practical engineering skills, and have a proven ability to work within a small team, then this is a great job for you. Serving within the Roads Engineering Section, the duties you perform are essential to the operation of the Region’s road maintenance, public works, bridge, and Road Maintenance and Abandonment Planning (RMAP) programs. You will provide engineering services and support in the management of Olympic Region’s network of approximately 2600 miles of forest roads.


Qualifying experience for the Professional Engineer License may be signed off on for engineers with an Engineering in Training certification.  Your duties will include bridge inspections, bridge maintenance, engineering survey, design, culvert design, including fish passage structures, and construction compliance on low volume forest road projects utilizing the agency heavy equipment crew and private contractors. Additionally, you will be tasked with the development of public works contracts and prioritization and coordination of road maintenance and construction activities. In this position you will interact with professionals having diverse talents and skillsets. You will have the opportunity to work frequently with other engineers, foresters, wildlife biologists, GIS professionals, geologists, and heavy equipment operators, to name a few.

  • Detail-oriented project work and consultation
  • Thinking critically and strategically while also meeting project deadlines
  • Being part of a dynamic and energetic team.
  • Creating and maintaining respectful working relationships
  • Manage your own forest road projects from initial scoping to closing out construction
  • Collaborating between different stakeholders in the Region in the process of putting together road and stream crossing projects
  • Providing recommendations for actions on bridges, culverts, and other maintenance needs on forest roads
  • Providing recommendations on corrections to fish barriers
  • Bridge condition inspections

Required Qualifications: 

This may be filled as an in-training position. Candidates will be considered as Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) or Civil Engineer 2, depending upon qualifications. The training plan duration is up to 18 months. If the plan is completed in less time, the remainder of the time may be waived.

Civil Engineer 1 (In-Training) required qualifications
(Salary Range: $4,216 - $5,673 per month):

  • Bachelor's or Advanced Degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related Engineering field. (Pending degree within 3 months will meet education qualifications.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence

Civil Engineer 2 required qualifications:
(Salary Range: $4,892 - $6,575 per month): 

  • One year as a Civil Engineer 1
    OR Bachelor's or Advanced Degree in Forest or Civil Engineering or related Engineering field AND two years of engineering experience in forest transportation system design or forest road maintenance procedures.
    OR The following substitutions may be made for the education and experience requirements in this option:
    • Registration as an Engineer-In-Training will substitute for education;
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer In the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those In Washington will substitute for either the education or experience requirements;
    • Equivalent education/experience in professional Engineering practices may be substituted for the educational requirement. Credit granted for experience and/or education under this substitution must demonstrate four or more years of broad based progressive experience in the fundamental knowledge of Engineering theory and practice under the guidelines.
  • Experience with site survey, road and culvert design.

  • Knowledge of current forest practices rules, forestry laws and practices.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Slope Stabilization knowledge.

  • ability to write professional correspondence and technical documents.

Working Conditions:

  • The assigned duty station Is the Olympic Region Headquarters in Forks, Washington. The duties of this position require both office and field work. Field work requires working in all types of weather and terrain, often in remote locations, driving on active logging roads, traversing off-road terrain, and working In and around construction sites.
  • Occasional overnight travel for trainings and meetings. The use of an assigned vehicle will be the primary mode of travel. However, the use of specialty vehicles and pool vehicle will be used when specific tasks or efficiency dictates.
  • 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 will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Registration as an Engineer in Training.
  • Ability to use GIS software to create maps and manage data.
  • Certificate of Completion from WSDOT Bridge Condition Inspection Training.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and other engineering s


Service, Science, SustainabilityUnder the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them. DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season. We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.

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