Job Detail

Organization: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Title: Application Developer
Location: Olympia, WA

Posted: 2019-07-10
Application Deadline: 2019-07-18

Position Description:

Application Developer
Forest Practices Division - Olympia
Recruitment # 2019-06-6817

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Information Technology Team of the Forest Practices Division is seeking a programmer/analyst who will use their programming skills to create software tools for DNR staff to use to get their jobs done more efficiently and for landowners to easily interact with state government in order to meet their needs. The Forest Practices Program guides management of timber harvest and other forest practices on about 12 million acres of private and state forests within Washington.

DNR Forest Practices Program field staff are responsible for reviewing proposed activities so they need accurate data to help them make decisions and easy to use tools to document and communicate those decisions. The landowners of Washington State who wish to conduct forest practices activities also need tools to efficiently document their proposed activities. Working with DNR staff, stakeholders and landowners, this position will create those tools. This position will also use their knowledge of scripting to answer complex questions regarding proposed Forest Practices rule changes or changes in law.

The position works in the Natural Resources Building located on the Capitol Campus just a short walk to downtown Olympia and Capitol Lake. Many outdoor recreational opportunities exist in the area including Mt Rainier and the Puget Sound.

Why work for DNR?
At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. 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.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location
One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Olympia on the state capital campus and minutes from downtown and the South Puget Sound.

What makes DNR a great place to work?
Transitioning to a modern work environment
Mobile work
Infants at work program
Commitment to organizational health and wellness
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
Leadership that empowers and supports employees
Work/life balance
Leadership development opportunities
Educational aid and career development stipends
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

Why do people choose to work for DNR?
"I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting."

"I am committed to this agency's purpose, the Washington Geological Survey is an amazing place full of innovative, creative, and open-minded people, and I get great satisfaction from serving Washington's residents. I love it here because this place loves me. I like how I am made to feel valued, appreciated, and I feel that my skills are constantly being broadened. I am generally my only limitation."

"The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean perpetuity."

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Information Systems (GJS), Computer Science or related field.
Four (4) years of experience in the use of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop software.
Two (2) years of experience in at least one programming language (JavaScript, Python, HTML, etc.).
Two (2) years of experience building custom applications with ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, Geo-processing, ArcSDE, Java Script, Python, SQL, and Standard Desktop Software.
Two (2) years of experience working with an RDMS such as Oracle, SQL, Postgres, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge of software design and development methods.

Desirable Qualifications:
Knowledge of forest management principles.
Applied knowledge of ESRI mobile data collection platforms: Collector, Survey123, ArcPad, etc.
Applied knowledge of ESRI web platforms: AGOL, Server, Portal, AppBuilder, JavaScript API, Story Maps, etc.
Demonstrated skills in cartographic design and graphic layout.

To be considered you must apply online at
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 Dave Wischer at 360-902-1426, [email protected] or e-mail us at [email protected]

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, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained 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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