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Arborist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) In-Training Project 07394

Location: Olympia, WA
Salary: $3,346.00 - $5,604.00 Monthly

Washington State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Our Mission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.

Our Vision
Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.
Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.
This announcement is for a full-time Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Arborist) In-training project position, with the Southwest Arbor Crew (Westside), located in Olympia, WA.

This project position is funded through June 30, 2021, but it is anticipated to continue based on the award of additional two-year contracts.
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Please Note: Position may be filled at the Natural Resource Specialist 1, 2, or 3 level depending on qualifications. Candidates hired at the Natural Resource Specialist 1 or 2 level will be required to successfully complete an in-training program prior to promoting to the goal class of Natural Resource Specialist 3.

This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply before August 25, 2019 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that date without notice.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.


This position serves as one of four highly trained and proficient arborists on an agency's westside arbor crew. The position acts as one of seven agency experts on highly technical tree felling and pruning. In addition, the position researches, analyzes, recommends, and carries out specialized forestry/arboriculture/horticulture services. The Natural Resource Specialist 3 in-training coordinates with the Natural Resources Program Manager and Agency Forester to prioritize and manage Washington State Parks' forest health and safety through selective high risk tree identification and removal, training, tree replacement strategies, pruning, and insect and disease technical applications.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Works with supervisor to plan, schedule, organize, coordinate, direct, and implement arboriculture field work in multiple parks across one or more regions, with an emphasis on tree care, human safety, property protection, risk reduction, stewardship and related activities.
  • Manage, prepare and coordinate tree activity reports.
  • Expertly analyze trees with use of a Resistograph, technical tools, computer-related devices and scientific formulas.
  • Expertly and safely fell and remove trees in developed landscapes.
  • Research and evaluate pest and disease specific problems and recommend control methods and strategies.
  • Consult with region and park staff on tree-related safety and maintenance issues concerning park trees to increase health and reduce hazardous conditions to protect people and property.
  • Prune trees for structure, defects and health.
  • Remove dead or dying branches and trees injured by disease, insect infestation, animals, storms, and/or other adverse mechanical damage.
  • Use and maintain arboriculture equipment including aerial lift, brush chipper, spray equipment, stump grinder, chainsaws, climbing gear, winches and various hand tools related to tree and plant care.
  • Trains, monitors, and evaluates park staff in tree risk evaluations and felling problem trees; instructs rangers and maintenance personnel in tree risk identification, documentation, proper tree care, using log skidders, handling rigging, setting chokers, and cold decking logs.
  • Safely climbs and works in the canopy of trees.


Natural Resource Specialist 1
High school diploma or equivalent GED and 24 months of full-time experience felling and pruning trees in arboriculture, tree care maintenance-logging operation, and a valid driver license.
Will be required to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver permit (CDL) within 6 months of employment and a Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) within 12 months of employment. 
Natural Resource Specialist 2
High school diploma or equivalent GED and 36 months of full-time experience felling and pruning trees in arboriculture, tree care maintenance. Up to 24 months of logging experience may count towards the 36 months of full-time experience.
Must have a Class A Commercial Driver License.
Will be required to obtain an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (ISA) Certificate within 12 months of employment. Will be required to obtain a PNW-ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or *equivalent within 18 months of employment.
*Successful completion of a training course such as the USFS Hazard Tree Workshop for Developed Recreation Sites.
Natural Resource Specialist 3
High school diploma or equivalent GED and 48 months of full-time experience felling and pruning trees in arboriculture, tree care maintenance. Up to 24 months of logging experience may count towards the 48 months of full-time experience.
Must have a Class A Commercial Driver License, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (ISA) Certificate, and PNW-ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or *equivalent and be able to demonstrate functional tree risk assessment knowledge and skills.
*Successful completion of a training course such as the USFS Hazard Tree Workshop for Developed Recreation Sites.
College coursework or degree in forestry, arboriculture, plant pathology, entomology, natural resource management, or related field from an accredited college or university.


To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at Use reference number 07394 when searching for the job announcement.

You must attach or embed in your application the following:
  • Letter of interest specifically addressing the qualification listed in this announcement.
  • Current Resume.
  • Three Professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**
The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.
This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  For more information:

Diversity Policy Statement
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:
  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
  • Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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