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Property and Acquisition Specialist 3

Property and Acquisition Specialist 3
Recruitment #2022-9-7112
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Pacific Cascade Region, Aquatics Division- Spokane, WA

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Want to work with a great team in one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State? Do you enjoy working in the natural resources industry? Do you appreciate the importance of good communication and follow-through? Do you have a knack for understanding, reviewing, and writing legal land contracts and agreements? Do you have a positive, can do attitude? If so, this position is for you! Join the Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Resource Division as one of its Land Managers located in the Northeast Region.

You will be responsible for managing state-owned aquatic lands in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties. You will serve as Rivers Districts designated expert and public contact for use authorizations (aquatic leases, rights of entry, and easements). You will play a key role in maintaining an inclusive and respectful work environment while working with internal employees, individual citizens, private industry, tribes, government agencies, and stakeholders to ensure resources are managed to preserve ecological and economic viability, including clean-up, pollution prevention, habitat conservation and protection, restoration, and assessment of the proper use of state-owned aquatic lands. This position plays a key role in ensuring DNR’s mission to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations is meet.

If you are fascinated by, and enjoy, the following, you may be an ideal candidate:
  • The DNR mission.
  • Helping fellow staff, colleagues, and senior managers solve complex public policy, environmental, and real property management problems.
  • Non-routine work; even experienced staff learn something new nearly every day.
  • Providing excellent customer service both internally and externally.
  • Thinking outside the box to develop unique and creative solutions.
  • Property management.
  • Writing planning documents, preparing cost estimates, and negotiating with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Build and maintain professional working relationships.
  • Manage Rivers Districts’ aquatic leases and agreements throughout Northeast Washington.
  • Initial review and analysis of use authorizations. Evaluation if the proposed use is feasible, in the best interest of the state, and consistent with Washington State laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Evaluate land ownership and existing encumbrances.
  • Clear and effective communicate with internal and external customers, local and state government agencies, tribes, and the general public to provide information regarding contracts and aquatic programs and regulations.
  • Work with applicants to negotiate use agreements of state-owned aquatic lands within applicable RCWs and guidelines.
  • Serve as a point of contact for region/division staff, business partners, and the public concerning state-owned aquatic lands.
  • Determine rental rates.
  • Prepare use agreements, associated exhibits, rental amount, and agreement requirements.
  • Ensure applicants have secured all required permits, surveys, and reports.
  • Review and comment on project designs, develop Resource Management Plans and consult program specialists.
  • Completes SEPA evaluations.
  • Determines best management practices and environmental conservation measures.
  • Conduct field work, including site inspections, compliance checks, drone and vessel operation, and other related duties.
  • Investigate reports of unauthorized uses of state-owned aquatic lands.
  • Participate in water body management planning, restoration, and mitigation.
  • Manage and organize hardcopy and electronic files.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience in leasing, real estate, natural resource management, environmental planning or other relevant field.
  • OR a combination of education and experience equivalent.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with contract, business, or property management.
  • Knowledge interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Knowledge working with natural resource management/environmental protection issues.
  • Ability negotiating contentious issues in a respectful, responsive, and informed manner.
  • Ability managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Ability providing good customer service.
  • Ability speaking and writing clearly and succinctly, and use typical office software.
  • Ability collaborating on internal and external issues in active, respectful, cooperative, and professional manner.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
  • Personal Accountability 
  • Value Others 
  • Compassionate Communication 
  • Inspire Others 
  • Commitment to Excellence 

Conditions of Employment:
  • A valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. 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.
  • The work environment is mix between office and the field, with the majority of work in the office. Most fieldwork involves being on or near the water with the risk of falling in (use of personal floatation devices are mandatory in such locations.) Most fieldwork involves driving, often on congested roads with a high volume of traffic.
  • Travel may be required to locations within the District or Olympia. Most travel is by car. Most travel requires less than two concurrent nights away. Overnight travel is generally less than two nights a month
  • 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 setting 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.

Desired Qualifications: 
  • Experience working on public access, recreation, or parks issues.
  • Experience working for or with other resource agencies, tribes, or local governments.
  • Knowledge of environmental permitting/regulatory processes and rules.
  • Experience working in commodity industries (e.g., shellfish, minerals, timber, or agriculture).
  • Experience with site analysis and/or sampling programs.
  • Experience operating small motorboats.

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.
  • 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 for more information.

Application Requirements:
  • To be considered you must apply online at 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.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 

Additional Information:
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!

The Department of Natural Resources 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 of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
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 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
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