- Oversight of facilities and operations for planting and growing 8-10 million seedlings annually to meet the Department’s statewide reforestation requirements and for purchase by small forest landowners;
- Management of the nursery revolving fund and $5 million annual budget, including monitoring fund balances, revenues, expenditures, and variances; recommends adjustments to DNR seedling prices in order to generate the revenue required for funding nursery operations;
- Coordination of DNR seedling orders with the Seed Plant and region operations staff;
- Contracting with the private sector for production of seedlings for DNR state lands that are beyond the capacity of the Nursery;
- Determination of the number and price of seedlings for sale to the public;
- Pursuing seedling contracts with public sector businesses in order to produce revenue from excess nursery capacity;
- Coordination of integrated pest management and pesticide safety, including implementation of environmental protection measures, including monitoring water quality and storm runoff;
- Supervision of staff including staff/facility safety measures, staff assignments, staff development, performance standards and measurements, staff accountability, and training;
- Oversight of research and development of improved nursery management technology and seedling growing practices;
- Providing technical input into agency policies and procedures related to reforestation operations; and
- Analyzing, developing, and reviewing legislation pertinent to nursery operations (e.g. legislation impacting pesticide use, procurement procedures, and facilities contracting).
Other duties include:
- Ensuring that subordinates perform immediate crop-saving work at any hour or day (e.g., frost protection measures or irrigation) during emergencies or inclement weather conditions;
- Providing technical expertise as a critical team member of DNR’s Silviculture program; and
- Collaborating and conducting outreach with customers, other nurseries, research cooperatives, professional organizations, and other stakeholders as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management, Silviculture, Horticulture, or Agriculture, or closely related science with an emphasis on crop production;
- Minimum of five years of professional experience in forest nursery, forest management, or production agriculture operations;
- Demonstrated managerial/supervisory experience often obtained through 3 years of supervising first line supervisors and above;
- Experience utilizing various methods of analytical decision making for strategic planning purposes of a critical agency program with a multi-million dollar budget;
- Experience developing and managing contracts and budgets including setting appropriate expectations, deliverables, and prices;
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to diverse audiences;
- Experience using computer hardware and software, including email, electronic filing, calendar, videoconferencing, presentation, spreadsheet, and data base applications.
- Experience with regional forestry rules, regulations, and reforestation practices; including state forest practice rules, reforestation, stand management, species selection, seed zones, and seedling stock type selection;
- Experience with agriculture, forestry, and/or nursery research methods including the utilization of operational research for process improvement and data driven decision making.
- DNR Core Competencies:
- Personal Accountability
- Value Others
- Compassionate Communication
- Inspire Others
- Commitment to Excellence
Conditions of Employment:
- A valid 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.
- Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.
- Master’s or Doctorate degree in Forestry, Silviculture, Agriculture, Horticulture, or Business Operations.
- Two years of experience managing container and/or bareroot forest nursery operations.
- Five years of experience supervising or managing staff, including; employee hiring, training, disciplinary actions, and conflict resolution
- Experience effectively communicating, collaborating, and negotiating with diverse groups of people including industry organizations, public customers, corporate customers or suppliers, elected officials, and/or the public;
- Experience with business and program management, including determining appropriate production levels and prices, quality control, leadership, and development of staff.
- Experience with facilities and equipment maintenance, improvement, and construction projects;
- A pesticide applicators license within six months of employment and maintain thereafter.
About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:
- Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
- Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
- Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
- Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
- Commitment to organizational health and wellness
- Work/life balance
- DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
- Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups
- Leadership that empowers and supports employees
- Professional development opportunities
- Educational and career development aid
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
- Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
- A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.
- To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov. You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
- Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
- Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
- Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
- Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
- Complete all supplemental questions.
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!
The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or www.washingtonrelay.com.
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Questions? Please contact Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn at email@example.com, (360) 701-1452 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email CareersHelp@des.wa.gov.