State Lands Geologist – Mineral, Rock, Sand and Gravel Program Manager (NRSc3)

State Lands Geologist – Mineral, Rock, Sand and Gravel Program Manager (NRSc3)

$55,476.00 – $74,604.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
10/19/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
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Service, Science, Sustainability
Under 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 $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 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.
State Lands Geologist – Mineral, Rock, Sand and Gravel Program Manager
Natural Resource Scientist 3
Recruitment # 2017-09-6715


$4,623 – $6,217 per month


Permanent, Full-time.   This position is represented by the WFSE.
Important Note:   Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.


Olympia, Washington


19 October 2017
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 19 October depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


This position provides technical expertise and program management in the fields of geology, geomorphology, and economic geology to support State Trust Land management. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects including conducting landslide risk assessments for proposed timber harvests and forest roads; managing the State Lands minerals, rock, sand, and gravel program; assessing the suitability of rock resources for use in various State Lands engineering applications; and mentoring geologists-in-training. Job responsibilities are statewide and include office work as well as field work in remote locations with rugged terrain.


  • Knowledge of the scientific literature as it pertains to the effects of forest land use on physical watershed processes (erosion, sedimentation, and hydrology).
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately observe, map, and interpret terrain conditions, such as landslides and associated landforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct site-scale landslide risk analyses, where proposed timber harvest and road construction activities are evaluated for their potential to increase the likelihood of mass wasting.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop harvest- and construction-related mitigation measures to reduce the potential for management-related mass wasting.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform stream channel assessments for proposed timber sales, including channel migration zone delineation and peak flow impact analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate the results of risk analyses to others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and GIS software.
  • Knowledge of the laws related to leasing and economic geology in Washington State.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess mining operations and identify operational concerns.

The required proficiency with the above listed knowledge, skills, and abilities is typically achieved with:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in geology, geomorphology, economic geology, or a closely related earth sciences field,
  • Five years of experience addressing slope stability issues in managed forest settings, including experience:  a) observing, mapping, and interpreting landslides and associated landforms, b) conducting site-scale landslide risk analyses of proposed timber harvest and road construction activities, c) developing harvest- and construction-related mitigation measures to reduce the potential for management-related mass wasting, and d) authoring or co-authoring “qualified expert” reports prepared in accordance with the standards specified in WAC 222-10-030. A Master’s Degree in geology, geomorphology, hydrology, or a closely related earth science field will substitute for two years of experience.
  • Two years of experience administering property-based contracts such as leases.
  • Two years of experience related to mining operations.


  •  Must be a licensed engineering geologist in Washington or be able to obtain this license within six months of employment.
  • Must meet the forest practices rule definition of “qualified expert” (WAC 222-10-030(5)).
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
Supplemental Information
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.


  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • You must submit the following:
    • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.
    • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
    • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
  • You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.

Questions?  Please contact Casey Hanell at (360) 902-1657 / or e-mail us at

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed.  This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128.  DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
Are you a a licensed engineering geologist in Washington or do you have the ability to obtain this license within six months of employment?

  • Yes, I currently hold a engineering geologist license in Washington State
  • Yes, I can obtain an engineering geologist license in Washington State within 6 months of hire
  • No, none of the above apply
Do you meet the forest practices rule definition of a qualified expert as defined in WAC 222-10-030(5)?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid driver’s license and at least two years of driving experience?

  • Yes
  • No
Where did you originally hear about this job (i.e. friend, newspaper,, specific job board website)?

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