Project/Program Manager III - Urban Forester

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on May 18, 2023
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$96,699.20 - $122,574.40 Annually


Seattle - Regional area, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks


WLRD -Water & Land Resources

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/6/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

F3A : L117-P&T


Why is this a great opportunity? Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD), within King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks, is looking for a Project/Program Manager III - Urban Forester to join the Agriculture, Forestry, and Incentives Unit. Urban forests provide wildlife habitat, reduce stormwater impacts, mitigate against climate change, and improve human health and there is need to increase resources focused on protection, restoration and management of trees and forest canopy in urban landscapes. The Urban Forester will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the environment of King County and the lives of King County residents. This is a new position, and the successful candidate will have an opportunity to create a program that will result in retaining and expanding forest cover and improving forest health in unincorporated urban King County. The person hired for this position will also serve in a leadership role to coordinate efforts and share information with cities, non-profits and community organizations, and will work closely with staff in the Department of Local Services to review, revise and implement County ordinances that protect and enhance urban tree cover. This position will directly contribute to advancement of strategies identified in the County's Clean Water Healthy Habitat initiative, Equity and Social Justice strategic plan, Strategic Climate Action Plan, and 30-Year Forest Plan.

Who Are We? Water and Land Resources Division is at the forefront of King County's efforts to protect and restore clean water and healthy habitat and strengthen the resilience of communities, environment, and infrastructure in the face climate change. We are a dedicated workforce of more than 400 supported by an annual budget of ~$250 million. WLRD has a strong track record of developing innovative strategies for protecting working farms and forests, restoring habitat, protecting water quality, and ensuring people have equitable access to green space. We reduce flood hazards, manage stormwater facilities, and reduce toxic threats. Our Environmental Lab and Science section maintain high-quality data sets used in long term-water quality trend analysis and use Best Available Science to inform decision making. We house three salmon recovery forums and support the Land Conservation Initiative, which will preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces over the next 30 years. Our forestry and agricultural programs help people protect their lands and support local food production.

What is great about our department
Agriculture, Forestry and Incentives Unit is comprised of a dedicated team that is focused on protecting and enhancing forestland, farmland and open space throughout King County. We apply a number of tools to support and incentivize landowners to protect important natural and working lands and also provide technical support and program management capacity to ensure that County-owned lands are healthier, more climate resilient and provide greater benefits for County residents.

Who is Eligible: This position is open to the public.

Commitment To Equity and Social Justice
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all - in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit .

Telecommuting Requirement
Work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations . King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Work Location: Predominately teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and it is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties
  • Urban Forestry Program Leadership, including leading work on urban tree retention, urban tree canopy assessments and planting and stewardship projects, coordinating with cities on urban forestry, collaborating with across King County (including the Parks division and the Department of Local Services) as well as other possible focus areas such as urban forestry workforce development.
  • Lead a variety of high-profile, intra- and inter-agency, multi-partner/multi-stakeholder, and time sensitive Urban Forestry projects.
  • Evaluate and provide recommendations to senior staff in DNRP and DLS to assess, enhance and implement tree retention and canopy cover ordinances; engage with Executive level and King County Council staff as appropriate.
  • Represent the Department of Natural Resources on various urban forestry teams and committees, to provide subject matter expertise to inform and shape policies and programs.
  • Develop work plans for the program, establish priorities and deadlines with other work groups, and create performance measurements to evaluate program results and continuously improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Urban Forestry, or another closely related discipline OR combination of education, training and /or experience that demonstrates the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described in this job announcement
  • Experience leading complex programs that require engagement with partners and stakeholders
  • Experience managing programs related to Urban Forestry, including planning, implementation, and project management
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding of King County and municipal land use code related to protection, management and enhancement of urban trees and urban forest canopy cover
  • Experience with assessment, development, or implementation of county or city urban tree retention ordinances
  • Experience working with elected officials, employees at all levels, and the public
  • Experience creating, launching, and managing a new program
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies
  • Action Oriented: Identifies and seizes new opportunities, displays a can-do attitude in good and bad times.
  • Collaborates: Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives.
  • Communicates Effectively: Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels.
  • Builds Networks: Builds strong formal and informal networks. Maintains relationships across a variety of functions and locations.
  • Organizational Savvy: Maneuvers comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Drives Results: Pushes self and helps others achieve results.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.
Working Conditions:
  • Work Location: This position is primarily teleworking with frequent visits to various project locations throughout King County as well as program-related meetings with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Work Schedule: The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday. Weekend, holiday, and evening work will occasionally be required. Modifications to the Monday-Friday work schedule will be considered after completion of the 6-month probationary period.
Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for these positions.
  • King County application
  • Resume
Union Membership: This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 117 Professional & Technical and Administrative Support Employees.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Calvin Rivers, Senior Human Resource Analyst

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.