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 Featured DNR Careers

Forester Career ImageForesters

As a forester, you’ll find many opportunities at DNR, where forestry is the major career. Our foresters use techniques based on science to help manage state forests, including trust lands, for long-term public benefit. Other foresters regulate timber harvest practices on state and private forestlands that reduce timber losses, and protect clean water and habitat. Our foresters also help small forestland owners improve forest health and reduce wildfire risks. Fire protection and prevention is another option. DNR’s foresters maintain public access to recreation on state lands, and they protect natural, undisturbed, and unique ecosystems. We also have foresters working in urban and community forestry.
Scientist Career ImageScientists

Science is the basis of DNR’s work. Our scientists provide a wide range of research, monitoring, data, information, and expertise that support state policy, resource management, and resource protection programs. As a DNR scientist, you would find many opportunities to work in the field. Our scientists work on riparian restoration and management, conservation and preservation of natural areas, silvicultural prescriptions and resulting forest stand treatments, Washington’s geological survey, watershed analysis, and endangered species conservation strategies, to name a few. Sciences essential to our work include forest entomology, forest health, aquaculture, geology, biology, hydrology, and other natural resources sciences.
Aquatics Career ImageAquatics

Clean, abundant water and a healthy Puget Sound are important values in our state. With DNR, you’ll find unique opportunities in Aquatics. These valuable natural resources comprise 2.6 million acres of state-owned tidelands, beds of navigable rivers, lakes, Puget Sound and other waters, and many shore lands. Our Aquatic staff work near the waters of the state with businesses, government, communities, and volunteers to manage and protect these precious resources for long-term public benefit. Aquatic jobs also focus on public recreational access, navigation, commerce, environmental issues, aquatic leases and easements, and special projects.
Engineer Career ImageEngineers

If you are an engineer, you will find a large variety of opportunities with DNR. Our engineers are in the woods building forest roads, bridges, culverts, and fish barriers and crossings that protect streams and habitat. They produce data and products to assist with management of trust lands and regulatory functions. Our engineers also create aerial maps, and identify and maintain a statewide repository of land boundary information, along with other responsibilities.
Seasonal Fire Fighter Career ImageSeasonal Fire Fighters

With the largest on-call fire department in the state, DNR needs seasonal fire fighters. If you are motivated and desire a career in natural resource management, fire crew employment is an excellent opportunity to gain fundamental forestry experience. Forest fire fighter crew members and natural resource workers perform pre-suppression and suppression activities. To fill these boots, you must be willing and able to perform strenuous outdoor work safely and productively. The timing of fire season is especially suited to students. The duration of these positions is generally three or four months, with work beginning approximately mid-June and ending in mid-September.
Internship Career ImageInternships

Are you currently a student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program? You might consider the outstanding professional development opportunities offered through DNR’s internship program. Most of our internships are focused in the natural resource sciences. Recent internships have been in Timber Sales, Botany, Forest Engineering, and the Commercial Geoduck Program. Recruiting efforts begin in January and extend through late spring. The internships typically occur between May and September. Both paid and unpaid internships are available.