Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Supervisory Project Manager, Environmental Planner 5

State of Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Practices Division. We are looking for an energetic leader who will help create and maintain an inspiring team environment with a culture of open communication and innovation. Your project management team is responsible for helping the forest practices Adaptive Management Program administer a multi-million-dollar portfolio of scientific forestry studies and related projects. The results of these scientific projects are used by the Forest Practice Board to decide when it’s necessary or advisable to adjust administrative rules and guidance that guide management of timber harvest and other forest practices across about 12 million acres of private and state forests within Washington.

As our Environmental Planner 5 (EP5) supervisory project manager you will lead a team of professional project planners to use their project planning and contract management experience to help members of a scientific research committee plan and manage a multimillion dollar set of adaptive management program forest research projects. This position reports to the Adaptive Management Program Administrator (AMPA) and acts as a key representative of the AMP with two multi-caucus research and policy committees.

You will personally manage a small portfolio of high profile projects, while supervising and managing the work of a planning team consisting of two Environmental Planner 4 seniorlevel project managers and one Environmental Planner 3 associate-level project manager in the AMP. As their supervisor you will be responsible for ensuring a high level of project accountability in your team’s work to develop project charters, management plans, and contracts with meaningful deliverables, scopes of work, schedules, and budgets. Through caring leadership, you will oversee and manage program level performance and budget targets that span across the entire suite of active projects, ensuring that program staff are balancing the needs of each project against the needs of the program as a whole. Working closely with the AMPA you will be asked to guide your team in responding to the priorities and initiatives of the Forest Practices Board and TFW Policy committee. You will have a critical role in helping the AMP develop and maintain an accurate long-term budget. We will be relying on your experience and creativity to identify opportunities for continual improvement in project flow and outcomes. We will rely on your strong interpersonal, communication and meeting management skills to work effectively with our stakeholder committees who are staffed by representatives of state, local, and federal agencies; tribal representatives; environmental groups, and large/small forest landowners. These stakeholders must work together and with DNR AMP staff to reach agreements that provide policy guidance and science-based technical findings to assist the Forest Practices Board in determining if and when it is necessary or advisable to adjust forest practice laws, rules, and guidance for aquatic resources to achieve stated goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis on earth sciences, natural resource planning, forestry, or a closely related field. Five years of professional experience serving as a project manager responsible for developing project management plans and contracts with statements of work, budgets, schedules, and deliverables. Three years serving as a supervisor to professional staff, including the responsibility for evaluating candidates for jobs and making hiring recommendations or decisions; setting performance expectations and performing reviews; coaching, training and taking corrective action when needed. Travel is required for business meetings. Typically, up to 10 overnight trips are may be needed annually. A valid driver’s license and 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.

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