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Forest Practices Office Assistant

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State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98513

Posted 2 months ago


Service, Science, Sustainability

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.


Forest Practices Office Assistant

Office Assistant 3 (OA3)

Recruitment # 2018-09-5602


$2,359 $3,115 per month


Permanent, Full-time. This position is represented by the WPEA.


Olympia, Washington

7 October 2018.

Note: Recruitment may be extended after October 7 depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


This rewarding position serves as the professional office assistant for the Forest Practices program. Reporting to the Assistant Division Manager for Business Administration, this position ensures daily operational functions are effectively and efficiently carried out.

This post independently performs a variety of complex clerical projects and assignments such as preparing reports, preparing, reviewing, verifying and processing fiscal documents and/or financial records. This professional office assistant is responsible for composing office correspondence such as hire letters, and responses to requests for information, establishing electronic recordkeeping/filing systems and/or database files, and responding to inquiries requiring substantive knowledge of office/departmental policies and procedures.

The duty station is located in the state capitol of Washington. For more information on the historic city of Olympia, visit here.

This opportunity comes with a starting benefit package of paid sick leave, one week of vacation (if not already a state employee), 10 days of paid holidays, 1 paid personal day, and support for training to learn new skills and refine current skills. Qualifications


  • High school diploma or equivalent AND two years of experience in office, clerical or general administrative work.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  • Ability to prepare and process bills, arrange travel for staff, and complete reimbursements.

  • Ability to maintain and track database systems used for payroll and inventory purposes.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook with calendar).

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.

  • Ability to work independently in planning, organizing, and prioritizing work.


  • Work experience with public disclosure requests and processes.

  • Work experience in maintaining tracking logs for assigned vehicles, purchasing card and equipment inventory.

  • Work experience drafting meeting notes or minutes; or drafting professional correspondence for management.

  • Three years of clerical/technical work experience in a natural resource environment or;

  • College level work in forestry or natural resources may substitute year-for-year for experience.

Supplemental Information


This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.


  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above)

  • You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

  • You must attach the following:

  • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.

  • A resume including the names of three to five professional references.

Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

Application Status once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Hitchens at (360) 902-1399, or e-mail us at

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed. This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.

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