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Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager

Location: Olympia, WA
Salary: $59,436.00 - $79,944.00 annually

Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager, Natural Resource Specialist 5

Forest Health & Resiliency Division – Olympia
Recruitment #2020-01-5550

As the statewide lead, the Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program Manager provides vision and leadership to program staff and partners providing technical assistance and training to local governments, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, including how communities can plan for, plant, care for, and manage urban and community trees where residents live, work, and play. You will manage the program to help communities to develop programs that are sustainable, effective, and publicly supported.
This program provides assistance to communities currently implementing DNR-funded grant projects, the Washington Community Forestry Council, and coordinates outreach activities that raise awareness of and advocates for the UCF Program. Currently work is predominantly in the Puget Sound Basin but opportunities are available to expand Statewide. 

What we will trust you with:

  • Planning, organizing, and leading urban and community forestry Statewide, regionally, and nationally.
  • Monitoring and reporting accomplishments.
  • Seeking opportunities to integrate services across program boundaries.
  • Advocating for urban and community forestry.
  • Personal accountability and commitment to excellence.
  • Compassionate communication.
  • Valuing and inspiring others.

Who are we looking for?

The right candidate has:

  • International Society of Arboriculture Arborist certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment.
  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or a related field and four years of combined field forestry and urban forestry program administration experience of which includes at least two years of experience working in an urban forestry program; with demonstrated ability in public speaking. OR a combination of higher education and/or relevant professional work experience totaling eight years which includes at least two years of experience working in an urban forestry program; with demonstrated ability in public speaking.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working collaboratively with various groups, individuals and interests to develop understanding, acceptance and support for a program to advance program outcomes.
  • Experience in organizing, developing, and delivering public presentations and education activates.
  • Supervision of staff.
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.

Employer Info

1111 Washington St. SE, MS 47037
Olympia, Washington 98504


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