Science Advisor to the Commissioner of Public Lands

Olympia, WA

Organization: Department of Natural Resources, Washington State

Location: Olympia, WA

Type of opportunity: Full-time, exempt

Contact: Marika Barto, Recruitment and Diversity Program Manager, Human Resources


The Science Advisor to the Commissioner of Public Lands (Science Advisor) provides the Commissioner of Public Lands (Commissioner) with expert opinion and analysis on science and technology relevant to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  This is an exempt position that reports directly to, and serves at the pleasure of, the Commissioner.  The Science Advisor ensures that the Commissioner and DNR program managers are well informed about relevant science and technology, in order to strengthen the Department’s ability to accomplish its mission.  The Science Advisor stays abreast of scientific developments and new technologies, provides the Commissioner with advisory opinions and analysis on science and technology, assists the Commissioner in evaluating and applying science and technology within DNR, and represents the Commissioner on scientific committees and panels.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a biological or earth science (e.g., biology, ecology, geology) or natural resources management (e.g., conservation biology, forestry, wildlife management).
  • 5 years professional experience–excluding experience gained during a graduate degree program–as a practicing scientist in biological/earth sciences or natural resources management positions.  Qualifying professional experience may include research, monitoring, analysis, writing/publishing, consulting, and/or teaching at the university level.
  • Broad understanding and fluency in modern science, including forestry, biology, molecular biology, and natural resource sciences.
  • Senior or sole author of at least 5 peer-reviewed/published scientific papers, book chapters, or books on biological/earth sciences or natural resources management topics.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to public service.
  • Experience advising natural resource managers on the application of science or technology.
  • Experience representing an employing organization on scientific committees or work groups.
  • Strong quantitative abilities.

Salary/pay: $7,000-$8,500/month

How to apply: Applicants should apply at

Application deadline: January 31, 2016