Deming Pre-Sales Forester, Natural Resource Specialist 2 (NRS2)/NRS1 In-Training
Recruitment #2024-5-3936
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location flexibility may be available and considered: Northwest Region – Sedro Woolley, WA
Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $3,700.00 – $5,615.00 Monthly

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you someone who has strong organizational skills, can manage multiple tasks and projects, appreciates the importance of good communication and follow-up, and enjoys working outdoors? Do you want to work with a great group of hard-working and dedicated professionals who plan, initiate, and complete field designs and operations for timber harvests in northwestern Washington? If so, this is the position for you!

The Baker District is actively seeking a Presales Forester. The position will have a duty station in Sedro Woolley, WA. The varied terrain and microclimates in the Baker District provide many forestry challenges in timber sale layout. The successful candidate oversees the design of timber sales for the district’s timber sale program, which will include boundary traversing, collecting and analyzing plot data, incorporating the Department’s Habitat Conservation Plan, Policy for Sustainable Forests, and applicable Forest Practices Rules into the design, completing all documentation and analyses including a Forest Practices Application and SEPA, and developing silvicultural prescriptions for long term management. If you enjoy forestry challenges and watching your work come to fruition, this is the place for you!

This position mainly works in the Deming Unit within Baker District, located in Whatcom County in the beautiful Cascade Mountain foothills. Rural Whatcom County is a community where working forests and conservation interests come together, maintaining a diverse and high quality of life. Bellingham is nearby and Seattle and Vancouver B.C. are less than two hours away. Have the best of both worlds by enjoying the outdoors near the Salish Sea and the Cascade Mountains, while having all the options of larger nearby cities.

In this position, you will interact with professionals with diverse talents and skill sets. You will have the opportunity to work frequently with other foresters, engineers, wildlife biologists, GIS professionals, geologists, archeologists, and silviculturists. The Baker District and the Northwest Region have an amazing forestry team and supportive staff where collaboration is emphasized. Collaboration is one of our agency’s core goals and it is our belief the whole team benefits through learning while working side by side with others in these fields.


Presales Design

  • Research and analyze the operational feasibility of harvest units. Develop a feasible timber harvest plan using GIS, LIDAR, logging system analysis software, aerial photos, field observations, and maps and consult with engineers, biologists, other foresters, and the unit forester to implement good presales designs and forest road planning. Operational feasibility is critical.
  • Research and devise appropriate silvicultural prescriptions, review, and analyze similar stand prescriptions, and utilize GIS, department planning and database software, growth and yield models, department protocols, Forest Practice Rules, and field observations while consulting with the region silviculturist and in some cases the biologist to devise a plan to successfully regenerate harvested areas or plan habitat treatments that meet department policies.
  • Foster good working relations with community members and adjacent landowners and be transparent about our operations. Communicate and negotiate with adjacent landowners and external groups through various means including public meetings, and field site visits, and use written and oral communication strategies to resolve property line discrepancies, cost share agreements, and access for state lands projects. Present during education and information-sharing opportunities.
  • Implement Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) requirements and Policy for Sustainable Forest (PSF) requirements on state lands, such as legacy cohorts and sensitive area protections like potentially unstable slopes, riparian areas, old growth stands, and cultural resources, all while maintaining a feasible harvest operation by coordinating site visits and consulting with biologists, geologists, archeologists, and silviculturists. Assess, review, and implement all applicable policies, rules, and regulations and incorporate any specialist input into the presales design process and timber sales contract.
  • Analyze and ensure all planned timber sale units are safe, meet economic and fiduciary requirements, complement long-term watershed and landscape objectives, and protect or mitigate environmental concerns. Harvest units will be examined and selected by analyzing ecological, economic, and social constraints.
  • Assist in the development of landscape management plans (harvest plans) to ensure harvest volume deliverables (overall volume and volume by trust) and other landscape objectives are met (hydrologic maturity in ROS, NSO habitat requirements, etc.) while following all applicable policies, rules, and regulations. Data will be collected, processed, and analyzed. This will be accomplished using GPS, GIS, aerial photos, stand age data, LiDAR, local knowledge, and field observations, as well as through formal and informal training (pre-sales, unstable slopes, road engineering classes).
  • Create a timber sale packet that complies with all state and federal regulations and department protocols. Using professional experience, complete all necessary permitting and paperwork (FPA, SEPA, HCP checklist, contract) while reviewing previously completed documents found on the department’s Timber Sale Document Center (TSDC). Working knowledge of GIS is required to create maps that support the FPA, SEPA, and timber sale contracts.
  • Ensure harvest unit viability through field observations, GIS, preliminary cruising, growth model runs, skyline analyses, GPS, experience, and local knowledge.
  • Appropriately assess, classify, delineate, and buffer all waters and wetlands within and adjacent to the harvest area. Field observations, LIDAR, biologist consultation, and formal and informal training will be utilized to apply the appropriate buffers per the department’s HCP and PSF.
  • Use GPS to collect data for boundaries, streams, wetlands, live trees, and road locations.
  • Delineate a timber sale boundary that allows for feasible harvest operations that comply with all policies, rules, and regulations. GPS points will be collected to create shapefiles in GIS. The HCP, PSF, Forest Practices Rules, and all other applicable rules and regulations will be followed, and specialists will be consulted.
  • Flag and traverse new forest road locations that comply with all rules and regulations. Consultation with specialists, including engineers, geologists, and forest practices foresters is required and projects will utilize LiDAR, GIS, and specialized roads training and forestry equipment such as the GPS, clinometer, compass, maps, string box, and laser to achieve this objective. Results will be entered into software as directed by the unit forester or project engineer.
  • Create standardized final GIS maps for Forest Practices, purchasers, and other external groups utilizing department mapping protocols and SUMA standards in consultation with GIS specialists and the region management forester.

Potential for Timber Sale Compliance

  • Ensure contract requirements are reviewed and understood by coordinating a pre-work meeting with the purchaser and operator. Ensure contract requirements are met during active logging operations by field compliance visits and active communication with the purchaser and operators. Utilize a strong working knowledge and in-depth understanding of timber sale objectives and contract clauses.
  • To provide trust beneficiaries with revenue, a payment securities and billing schedule will be calculated utilizing a full understanding of fiscal principles associated with road construction and timber harvest operations.
  • Ensure regulatory, environmental, social, political, and fiscal objectives are met by consulting and coordinating with resource specialists using HCP guidance, internal and external policy requirements, interdisciplinary team meetings, and knowledge and experience.
  • Maintain a compliance packet containing all the relevant permits, documents, maps, and forms, including FPA conditioning, prepared notes to the contract administrator, road use permits, and cutting line agreements that may require additional communication steps. Keep a compliance diary that records interactions with purchasers and operators, including corrective actions, disputes, timelines met, and accomplishments.
  • Minimize any financial and resource damage to the active timber sale area and ensure the protection of surrounding resources. This will be achieved through site visits utilizing local knowledge and experience, to determine potential environmental and economic impacts and mitigations and/or compensation as needed.


This may be filled as an in-training position. This is designated as a 12-24 month training plan. If you complete all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required. Candidates will be considered as Natural Resource Specialist 1 (NRS2 In-Training) or Natural Resource Specialist 2, depending on qualifications.

Required Qualifications:
Natural Resource Specialist 1 (NRS2 In-Training)
(Salary range: $3,700 – $4,968 per month):

  • Associate’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, or similar area of study AND one year of experience in a natural resource field;
    OR a combination of education and/or experience equivalent.
  • Knowledge of laws, policies, and practices related to forest management.
  • Knowledge of timber harvesting operations and management practices.
  • Knowledge of timber sale and silvicultural contracts.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence

Natural Resource Specialist 2
(Salary range: $4,174-$5,615 per month):

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, or similar area of study AND 1 year of experience in a natural resource field;
    OR a combination of education and/or experience equivalent.
  • Experience with timber sale boundary identification, mapping, and marking; critical features identification (riparian, slope stability, habitat, forest health) and plot data gathering.
  • Knowledge of forest management principles, silvicultural prescriptions, and timber harvesting operations (including cable systems and thinning techniques).
  • Knowledge of forest road construction principles.
  • Knowledge of timber sale and silvicultural contract administration.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to cover reasonable distances per day in the field on moderate to very difficult terrain. Must be willing to work alone in remote terrain and in all weather conditions.
  • Approximately 75% of the time is spent in the field, and 25% in the office. Fieldwork involves driving forest roads in a variety of conditions; working alone in remote areas, and working in all inclement weather conditions across a variety of steep and rugged terrain.
  • The incumbent in this position may be required to travel. Requires a significant amount of time in the field traveling alone between timber sale or silviculture activities and a work center.
    Travel out of town overnight may be necessary to attend required trainings and meetings on an occasional basis.
  • A valid unrestricted 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:

  • Understanding of the theory, policy, principles, and practices of the forestry profession as applied to the Northwestern United States (Fundamentals of silviculture of Northwest tree species, markets and economics, cruising methods, timber sale layout, logging methods, forest road engineering, plant nutrition, propagation and weed control, reforestation and intensive forest practices, recreation, multiple use, inventory, water quality, watershed management and basic principles of wildlife and fisheries habitat).
  • Experience with timber harvesting systems (including cable systems) and forest road construction principles.
  • Experience with timber sale and silvicultural contract administration.
  • Knowledge of the Washington Forest Practices Rules.
  • The ability to use GIS software to create maps and manage data.
  • Proven ability in office computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills.