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Job Opening for Forest Practices Engineer, Civil Engineer 3 in State of Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (Olympia, WA)

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Job Category : Engineering
Company Name: State of Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Position Name: Forest Practices Engineer, Civil Engineer 3
Location : Olympia, WA
Job Description : Description Forest Practices Engineer, Civil Engineer 3 Recruitment #2022-3-7338 This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position Location: Your office will be located in Olympia Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Want to apply your forest-civil engineering expertise in a unique job? This job is different than most and is a real catch. Would you describe yourself as a designer of forest roads and fish passable stream crossings? Do you want to connect with the natural environment in your work? In this job you will use your engineering talent to help protect Washington’s natural resources. The benefits to you include a healthy work-life balance, travel throughout this beautiful state and working with people who enjoy the outdoors. You should apply for this one if YOU: Want to manage a diverse portfolio of short-duration review projects. Enjoy working independently. Are up for being part of forest stewardship through state government regulation. Are comfortable in critiquing others’ engineering designs and providing constructive feedback. Would like to support regulatory foresters across the state with your engineering expertise so they are able to make sound permit decisions. You’ll build helpful working relationships with them. Enjoy teaching others so they are able to understand why engineering matters. Want to be part of protecting our natural resources unique ecosystems so that future generations are able to enjoy clean water, fish and wildlife in Washington. Come join a small team within the Forest Regulation Division’s Operations Section where your engineering skills, land ethic, and people skills will be valued and supported as a Forest Practices Engineer. This position provides statewide engineering review support to our Forest Practices Foresters (FPF’s – regulatory foresters) in the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) six statewide Regions. The team is the Forest Practices Engineering Group (FPEG) led by the Forest Practices Lead Engineer (Civil Engineer 4). FPEG is one of four sub-teams managed by the Forest Regulation Division’s Assistant Division Manager of Operations. The other sub-teams are: The Region Operations-Outreach Team (ROOT), the Forest Practices Science Team (FPST – geologists), the Compliance Monitoring Program and the Training Team. Collectively, we are the “Ops Team.” FPEG’s work area is the entire state. Some travel is required. The Forest Practices Program covers approximately 9.3 million acres of non-federal, non-tribal forestland in Washington. Ownership patterns range from individuals and families who own small forest parcels to large holdings owned and/or managed by private corporations and public agencies. The DNR is charged with carrying out the state forest practices laws codified in the Washington Forest Practices Act (Act). The Act’s purpose is to protect public safety, capital improvements of the state and public resources which include wildlife, fish, and water quality, and ensure that Washington continues to support a viable forest products industry. Duties Responsibilities: Approximately 70-percent of your time will be spent in the office and the field, by invitation from the Regions’ FPFs, assisting them by reviewing the engineering aspects of forest practices activities prior to a permit being submitted or after the permit is submitted for review. What follows is a typical situation you could be involved in. If you are interested in reading additional typical situations send an email request to: Mark Stevens at mark.stevens@dnr.wa.gov. Typical Situation 1 Review of a Forest Practices Application (FPA, i.e. a permit application) which includes engineering designs for replacement of fish barrier culverts with fish passable structures on four different sites. Two bridges, a pipe and a temporary ford are proposed for installation. In Forest Practices parlance, these are referred to as Forest Practices Hydraulic Projects (FPHPs). FPHP rules found in Chapter 222-16 WAC and Chapter 222-24 WAC and guidance found in Board Manual Section 3 (Download PDF reader) and Section 5 (Download PDF reader) provide some rules and tools to assist with FPHP projects. Your tasks might include: Office Review Prepare for the site inspection described below. Contact the FPF and discuss their concerns and what they want you to address. Review the FPA. Study the sites using geographic information system data including aerial photography and LiDAR derivatives. Review the plans for accuracy and assess whether they meet Forest Practices Program minimum standards with assistance from the FPHP Applicant Checklist (Download PDF reader) and Stream Simulation Example Designs (Download PDF reader). Identify any concerns you have about the designs, relative to successful protection of public resources and public safety. Interdisciplinary Team Site Inspection Attend an on-site inspection as an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) member convened by the FPF. Participants will include: Biologists from a Tribe(s) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a Washington Department of Ecology geo-hydrologist, the landowner and their engineering consultant, an ecologist from the County Conservation District and your client – the FPF. Engage respectfully and tactfully. Ask questions of the landowner and their consultant. Listen. Explain your concerns about the designs, and why. Point out deficiencies in the plans, if any. Refer to relevant Forest Practices rules and Board Manual guidance. Answer questions of you. Respect DNR protocol that the FPF is the project manager and decision maker. Remember, you are their consultant, not anyone else’s. Participate in a wrap-up discussion at the conclusion of the inspection. Summarize your recommendations to the FPF. Include additional information you recommend the FPF request from the landowner. IDT Follow-up in Office Follow-up, if needed, with an email or memo to the FPF. Stamp the document if it contains statements which indicate you applied engineering judgment. Document your review on FPEG’s Engineers’ Report Tracker (ERT) spreadsheet. Qualifications Required Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, Forest Engineering, or other closely related field. At least three years’ experience in: The design of fish passable water crossing structures on roads in federal, state, or local governmental entity settings, and the related federal, state, or local government entity laws, rules and standards. Road design. Management and inspection of road construction and maintenance. Working with technical drawings and specifications. Knowledgeable of: Hydraulic design principles. Stream simulation structure design. Project management and planning; contract preparation, administration, and compliance; construction techniques and equipment; surveying and surveying principles. Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple projects under multiple timelines within a high stress environment while maintaining a positive attitude. Working knowledge of: Permitting processes including field and/or office assessment of permits for compliance with hydraulic projects and road construction/abandonment rules. Water typing and riparian management zone delineation, riparian and wetland delineation, and forest hydrology. Water-quality regulations and storm water pollution prevention plans. Demonstrated success in contributing to large-scale engineering projects including proven ability to complete their assigned tasks within the requisite time frames. Ability to facilitate and achieve results within group meetings where diverse and competing backgrounds and objectives are present. Leadership and collaboration, including the ability to listen, understand, facilitate and work skillfully and persuasively in teams. Motivating and positive presence. Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering, including such specialties as land surveying and mapping, hydraulic structures; arithmetic, geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; cost estimating; materials testing; methods of stream measurement, including stream flow and scouring action. A valid professional engineering (PE) license issued by the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The incumbent may substitute a valid PE license issued by another state’s licensing jurisdiction, provided they obtain a valid Washington PE license within 6-months of hire. Note: If 6-months is an insufficient time period to obtain a Washington PE license due to circumstances beyond the incumbent’s control, such as delays at licensing jurisdictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, additional time may be approved by the Appointing Authority. 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. Must be able to traverse uneven terrain safely by foot and may be exposed to inclement weather, The work will be split between an office setting (30%) and in the field (70%). Field work will be conducted in isolated, managed forests throughout Washington State. Travel will be required with a few overnight stays per month. Field work will be accessed by vehicle, often in remote areas on unpaved road surfaces. A vehicle is assigned to this position DNR Core Competencies: Personal Accountability Value Others Compassionate Communication Inspire Others Commitment to Excellence 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 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. Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below: Knowledgeable of: Timber harvesting methods. Riparian management zones. Experience with: Timber harvest unit design and layout. Skyline logging payload analysis. Forest engineering experience related to forest roads including locating and surveying P-lines, construction and abandonment. Proficient in basic survey procedures and use of equipment to collect and process field data for design and construction of engineering projects. Surveying with total stations and auto levels. Proficiency in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, TraversePC, RoadEng and other engineering software programs. Supplemental Information 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, visit here to learn more 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. Application Requirements: To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). 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 and proof of your PE license. Complete all supplemental questions. If you participate in an interview, you will be asked to: 1) Provide an example of work which showcases your writing skill. 2) Create a written review of plans for one or both of the following hypothetical proposed forest practices: a) FPHP – Installation of a fish passable crossing. b) Road construction across unstable landforms. Additional Information: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR’s telework policy. 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! 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. DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Check us out on: DNR’s website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions? Please contact Mark Stevens at (360) 688-4953, Mark.Stevens@dnr.wa.gov 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.
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