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Forest Road Engineer - Assistant Division Manager

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Olympia, Washington State
$95,050.00 - $110,861.00 Annually
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Assistant Engineering Division Manager – Forest Roads
Recruitment #2024-4-2787
Full-time, WMS2, Non-represented position

Location: Natural Resources Building (NRB) - Olympia, WA
Relocation Compensation is available and will be considered.

Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility is available and will be considered.
A minimum of two days per week of office attendance at the NRB in Olympia will be required.

To be successful in this position you will not only need an understanding of transportation engineering in the forest environment, but you will also need to showcase outstanding customer service and leadership skills as you support the current and recruit the future natural resource engineering professionals of the department.


  • Plan, lead, organize, and provide accountability for the work performed by the Forest Roads section.
  • Provide tactical and strategic statewide management of the entire DNR network, including 718 bridges.
  • Manage the Access Road Revolving Fund for the department.
  • Oversee contracts for design, maintenance, and construction of roads and bridges.
  • Manages the $31 million operating and capital budget for the statewide Forest Road and Bridge program.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with an emphasis in civil engineering, water resources, forestry, logging engineering, low-volume access road design, and construction.
  • Eight years of progressive experience in managing forest roads in an agency or business that actively harvests timber from its land base, or progressive experience in developing and managing teams involved in civil infrastructure projects, including but not limited to bridges, roads, and fish passage projects.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington, or the ability to become licensed through reciprocity from another state within six months of hire.
  • Knowledge of and skill in performing supervisory responsibilities.
  • At least two years of experience and technical knowledge related to fish passage, and water resources (hydrology and hydraulics, geotechnical, and foundation engineering).
  • Leadership, mentorship, interpersonal problem-solving, creativity, and innovation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and public interaction skills. Ability to negotiate with individuals and groups outside the agency.
  • Ability to form and work in teams to determine and accomplish broad goals and objectives, and to develop policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform long-range strategic planning relating to staffing, scheduling, resource allocation, and management.


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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