Forest Practices Office Technician (NRT2)

$29,760.00 – $39,312.00 Annually
Stevens County – Colville, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
6/24/2018 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.

Forest Practices Office Technician
Natural Resource Technician 2
Recruitment # 2018-06-5946


$2,480 – $3,276 per month


Permanent, Full-time.   This position is represented by the WPEA.
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.


Colville, Washington


24 June 2018
Note: Recruitment may be extended after June 24 depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


This position supports the DNR, and its Northeast Region’s Forest Practices program. The incumbent in the position processes Forest Practices Applications and associated documents, and assists applicants to accurately complete their application and to understand how the Forest Practices rules apply to their proposal. This supports DNR in its mission of providing resource protection and associated public services that build and sustain the Region’s capacity to carry out its regulatory functions.

This position’s duties include assisting in classification of Forest Practices applications, processing applications/notifications and associated documents, archiving applications, maintaining files, and assisting customers. It also provides short-term backup to the Forest Practices Technician (NRT-3).

DNR’s Northeast Region Forest Practices District relies on teamwork and pro-active communications within the Forest Practices group to be successful. The Forest Practices office personnel are pivotal in this success by communicating with the foresters, the applicants and management about potential issues and concerns.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent and minimum two years’ experience in an office environment with demonstrated customer service skills.

The key knowledge and skills required by the employee to perform the essential functions described above. (Note: The required skill level describes how much independence the employee is expected to demonstrate, and the typical education and experience necessary to work at that level.)

  • Education: High School diploma or equivalent and 2 years’ experience in a para-professional/clerical position, OR an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • Skills: This position requires the incumbent/candidate to have the following in order to perform the essential functions described above:
    • Ability to learn forest practices rcws and wacs, dnr policies, procedures, and practices
    • Attention to detail in reviewing documents
    • Proven ability in using computer applications such as microsoft word and excel
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Team player – able to function as a member of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team
    • Ability to respond to difficult, stressful or sensitive interpersonal situations in a way that reduces or minimizes potential conflict and maintains good working relationships among internal staff and external applicants and other stakeholders

This level of knowledge and skill is demonstrated through the ability to work within establish procedures, methods, and standards under general guidance of a higher-level technician. Supervisor typically reviews outcomes and provides advice or direction as needed. Performs a variety of routine work assignments, which normally involves making decisions based on established procedures/methods. This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved after:

  • Six months of on-the-job training in a performance review period.


  •  Associates or Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural science, or a related field.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a natural resource related field
  • Experience reading and understanding maps
  • Proficiency in the use of standard office equipment such as scanners, printers and integrated phone systems.


  •  Work Setting: The primary work environment is in an office setting with the possibility for extended periods of sitting or standing. There is infrequent travel to remote locations in the outdoors with field foresters or other staff in rugged settings. Rarely there may be evening or weekend work, when training assistance is necessary to meet customer needs. Overnight travel is rare and generally involves attending or presenting training.
  • Schedule: Position is overtime eligible. Incumbent is expected to work Monday thru Friday, 0800-1630 to ensure customer service for Forest Practices applicants. Required meetings and trainings may occur on weekends and/or evening hours after regularly scheduled days and hours. The incumbent is expected to work as many hours as necessary to accomplish their assignments. With prior approval, the incumbent may adjust their work schedule.
  • Travel Requirements: Position requires little travel, with the exception of identified trainings, meetings or field days.
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.

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.

Questions?  Please contact Nondis Taylor at (509) 685-2765, 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.
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