Fuels Management & Fire Regulation Program Manager – NRS 4

$51,504.00 – $69,240.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
12/17/2017 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.
Fuels Management and Fire Regulation Program Manager 
Natural Resource Specialist 4
Recruitment # 2017-12-5668-11214


$4,292 – $5,770 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


17 December 2017
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 17 December depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.

Wildfire Division is looking for a strategic, solution-oriented leader with experience in fuels management and the ability to lead fire regulation with a collaborative nature. This position is the statewide expert on fuels management, working closely with the meteorologist and GIS lead to provide a robust predictive services program. We need a strategic, self-motivated team player, someone who loves to build relationships and wants to build team cohesion across programs. Working at the division level, this is a statewide position responsible for developing policy, procedures, and implementing guidance in coordination with six DNR regions. Serves as DNR’s expert and technical lead for IFPL, Fire Danger, Burn Restrictions/Bans and predictive fuels coordination. Leads statewide development of policy and operational procedures to region staff on IFPL, Fire Danger, Burn Restrictions/Bans and predictive fuels products. As the expert, assists communication staff with content of public messaging and possible interviews with media.
We are excited to be in a time of discovery and enhancements to our Smoke Management Program and Technology infrastruction within the Wildfire Program. This position supervises the implementation of DNR’s Silvicultural Smoke Management Plan (SMP) including pile and Rx burn permits, and authorization/denial of permitted burns and federal Rx burning. Supervision will include retaining the team’s constructive working relationships with private, state and federal partners and the successful rewrite of the SMP through the established task force. Simultaneous to the SMP rewrite, we are upgrading our technology to enhance service to burners and look forward to this position providing ideas, reviews and input to the process.



  • A demonstrated understanding of wildland fire, meteorology, air quality policy issues and laws and fuel moistures applicability to wildland fires.
  • The ability to gain trust and collaborative working relationships with diverse and competing interest groups to accomplish agency program goals.

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved with:

  • A combination of higher education and/or professional work experience totaling ten years in natural resources management, which includes at least five years of experience working in a wildland fire program.
  • Competency in critical fire danger rating systems is typically demonstrated through successful completion of S-490 Advanced Fire Behavior Calculations and S-491 National Fire Danger Rating Systems coursework that teaches the formulas, equations and calculations used to predict wildland fire behavior and fire danger; and five years applying this knowledge in smoke management or wildland fire operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboration and building positive relationships with diverse and sometimes contentious folks in the public or in partner agencies. Demonstrated skill in coordinating and facilitating diverse stakeholder groups in natural resource management or land management activities.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with other employees, professionals, and the general public to encourage participation, coordination and collaboration.
  • Be proficient in understanding and utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in fire sciences or similar field of study. Two or more years of professional experience in wildland fire suppression, burn permit writing/complying, or Rx fire. Current certification as a Fire Behavior Analyst or Rx Fire Burn Boss T2 under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Wildland Fire Qualifications Guide 310-1.


  • 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 www.careers.wa.gov (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 Karen Arnold at (360) 902-1315 karen.arnold@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
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). 
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