Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program Administrator, WMS2

Washington Department of Natural Resources
Thurston County – Olympia, WA

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Practices Division. Want to make a big impact in helping to protect forests, streams and other public resources while maintaining a vibrant forest products industry in Washington? The Forest Practices Division has an opportunity for a proven leader to apply their excellent organizational management, communication, and scientific skills to lead within the Forest Practices Board’s (FPB) challenging adaptive management program. The AMP is a multi-stakeholder, cooperative and consensus-driven process described in Washington administrative rule and the FPB’s guidance manual.
You will work collaboratively with others in the forest practices adaptive management program to ensure that sound scientific processes are applied to carry out a multi-million-dollar applied research program and will communicate results used by the FPB to determine when it’s necessary or advisable to adjust rules that guide management of timber harvest and other forest practices on about 12 million acres of private and state forests within Washington. You’ll also lead a team of professionals, helping to create and maintain an inspiring team environment with a culture of open communication and innovation.
In this position, you will use your excellent inter-personal and communication skills to regularly interact with FPB members and chairs of associated standing committees; with DNR staff and executive management; tribal representatives and members; other local, state and federal agents; stakeholders such as those from the environmental community and forest landowner community; researchers; contractors and others. Bring your can-do attitude and problem-solving abilities, along with your scientific training, natural resources knowledge and business management skills, to further the success of the forest practices adaptive management program by adding to our knowledgeable, efficient and entertaining team.

How to Apply: 
To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.


  • Regular and significant interaction with the Forest Practices Board and the chairs and members of the FPB’s standing committees and sub-committees. 
  • Responsibility to make decisions within a fast-paced operating environment. 
  • Daily opportunities to collaborate, negotiate and problem-solve. 
  • Oversight of a multi-million dollar operating budget, including procurement of millions of dollars of contracted research-related services. 
  • Leading and coaching staff, fostering creativity and innovation. 
  • Focusing on the big picture without losing track of the small details. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a major study in natural resources (for example, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, biology, ecology) or closely related field.
  • Five years of professional natural resource management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully evaluate complex research and monitoring projects and interpret results of advanced quantitative studies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistics, including experimental design, sampling procedures, hypothesis formulation and testing, as needed to carry out responsibilities for overseeing and evaluating scientific research carried out in the AMP. These skills are typically gained through college graduate-level coursework.
  • Exemplary inter-personnel skills as needed to successfully forge and maintain respectful, productive relationships and achieve positive results through daily interaction with a large number of diverse professionals who represent a variety of organizations that frequently have different interests.
  • Strong conflict-resolution and negotiation skills, typically gained through targeted training coupled with practical experience successfully working with or leading groups of people possessing varying interests and/or objectives.
  • Excellent abilities as a team leader and supervisor, typically gained over at least 3-5 years of supervising three or more professional employees performing in a team-based framework.
  • Experience in successfully developing and managing a complex budget. Relevant experience is typically gained through a minimum of 3-5 years successfully utilizing an annual operating budget of $0.5 million or more.
  • Strong procurement and project management skills needed to obtain contracted services and effectively monitor and facilitate timely completion of multiple ongoing scientific projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain exemplary standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct.
  • Ability and willingness to openly and actively openly listen to others and effectively assimilate new information and perspectives into their own thinking.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • 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 may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. 

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • A Master of Science degree or Ph.D. in an appropriate natural resource scientific field (for example, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, biology, ecology) or a closely related field.
  • Graduate-level research training or research experience.
  • Direct experience participating in or supervising relevant research in the U.S. Pacific Northwest or area of similar forest ecosystem types.
  • Experience overseeing or participating in a formal adaptive management program.
  • Experience leading or working with multi-stakeholder committees/boards.
  • Procurement experience relevant to developing and overseeing interagency agreements and contracts that govern complex scientific projects.
  • A certification in project management.
  • Understanding of "Lean management” concepts and experience with implementing Lean strategies in a program.