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Forest Health Scientist, Natural Resource Scientist 3 (NRSci3)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Washington State forests

Forest Health Scientist, Natural Resource Scientist 3 (NRSci3)
Recruitment #2023-12-6988
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location flexibility may be available and considered:  Northeast Region- Colville, Deer Park and Omak, WA 
Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $5,479.00 – $7,368.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 12/20/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you interested in a career that allows you to contribute to the mission and goals of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by guiding landowners, field staff, and managers in effective forest stewardship, developing and distributing high-quality technical information about forest insects, and disease issues and conditions in the state, including situations without precedent? DNR’s Northeast Region is searching for a Forest Health Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3) with knowledge and experience in forest entomology and pathology. We are looking for an individual who is a proven team player, has experience in forestry, forest insects, and diseases, and displays an effective form of leadership to deliver program goals to Service Forestry staff, state land managers, and private landowners.

As part of the DNR’s Service Forestry program, this position provides technical assistance, guidance, and education to private landowners, DNR foresters, and agency partners. As a Forest Health Scientist, you will be responsible for assessing forest conditions and forest health, independently planning and implementing forest health research projects, and providing forest health technical assistance, information, and recommendations. Other responsibilities include participating in public education events, writing forest health technical articles, collaborating with agency scientists, partner agencies, and universities, and serving as a member of state and federal Aerial Detection Survey programs.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in seeking out new opportunities to assess emerging forest pest issues and new forest health management technologies. They will be dedicated to staying informed of the most current forest insect and disease research, learning new skills, and expanding their professional knowledge by maintaining close contact with Forest Health Program scientists in Olympia and forest health professionals in other agencies throughout the surrounding region.


  • Under the direction of the Service Forestry District Manager, serves as entomologist and pathologist for the eastern portion of Washington state.
  • Serves as project leader for eastern Washington state insect and disease monitoring efforts.
  • Propose, plan, and implement forest health monitoring research projects.
  • Publish or present results of monitoring studies and research projects in various formats.
  • Develop and provide forest health-related land management technical assistance, information, and recommendations.
  • Provide education and training for state and private forest lands and the public in cooperation with the forest landowner assistance efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and private organizations.
  • Identify forest insects and pathogens and execute forest health site consultations for public and private landowners and communities, improving their understanding of the ecological relationships affecting these insects and diseases, and providing them with state-of-the-art techniques and management options to achieve desired objectives.
  • Seek opportunities for research collaboration with other DNR scientists, partner agencies, and universities, as well as funding sources.
  • Serve as a technical and professional resource for educational programs.
  • Write grant proposals and perform novel research projects in collaboration with federal, tribal, state, and university entities to enhance knowledge and ability to manage forest health issues in the eastern regions of Washington state.
  • Serve as an essential member of the federal and state Aerial Detection Survey project via assistance with testing new technology and development of improved methods of aerial survey.
  • Maintain close contact and coordination with Forest Resilience Division staff, in addition to other federal, state, and Canadian forest health professionals in the surrounding region.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree with major study in forestry AND three years of professional research work with major emphasis in forest entomology, forest pathology, forest protection, or forest health.
  • Experience with the signs, symptoms, risk factors, and management techniques for tree-killing bark beetles and forest pests of eastern Washington.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of forest insects and diseases and use standard forest mensuration techniques to assess forest conditions and determine the subsequent risk of insect and disease activity.
  • Experience in forest management, silviculture, and forestry practices.
  • Experience using MS Office computer programs.
  • Experience providing forestry education.
  • Experience scheduling and facilitating meetings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Must be able to communicate both verbally and in writing with other employees, professional foresters, and the general public regarding forest health conditions and forest management options and techniques to address them.


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