Aquatics Land Technician, Property & Acquisition Specialist 1 (PAS1)

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Enumclaw, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023
Aquatics Land Technician, Property and Acquisition Specialist 1 (PAS1)
Recruitment #2023-11-6240
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- South Puget Sound
 Region- Enumclaw, WA
Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary:  $3,700.00 - $4,968.00 Monthly

Positions with permanent duty stations in King County receive an additional 5% added to their monthly base salary. The salary listed in this announcement reflects the additional 5%.

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 11/14/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.  

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Aquatic Resources Division. We are looking for a motivated person with proficient interpersonal skills to join our team at the Shoreline District. The Property and Acquisition Specialist 1 position helps manage 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands (SOAL), so that people, orcas, and salmon can thrive, businesses and eelgrass meadows can grow, and public access to the water is available in perpetuity. This position supports aquatic land management activities for the majestic rivers, lakes, islands, and marine waters of King County by providing technical and administrative support to Shoreline District Aquatic Land Managers. This is accomplished primarily through aquatic land leasing.

This position is stationed at the South Puget Sound Region Office in Enumclaw, WA. The majority of work is performed in an office environment.

The ideal candidate is able to work on internal and external issues in an active, respectful, and professional manner:
  • Enjoys work that is non-routine, frequently complex, and always detail-oriented.
  • Successfully works independently, is motivated, and manages time well.
  • Enjoys being part of a team, working with and learning from their colleagues at all levels.
  • Shows eagerness to become highly proficient in all aspects of the position and welcomes feedback and coaching.

The Property and Acquisition Specialist 1 position plays an important supporting role in managing state-owned aquatic lands and is entrusted with a diverse set of responsibilities including the following:

  • Independently manage routine aquatic land use agreements and contracts that authorize various uses of state-owned aquatic lands (SOAL), including mooring buoy registrations and other types of routine authorizations as assigned.
  • Manage rent and other financial aspects of aquatic use authorizations and contracts, including insurance and financial security (bonds, bank account assignments).
  • As a primary contact, receive public inquiries regarding the use and management of state-owned aquatic lands (SOAL). Respond to and provide technical information regarding aquatic programs policies and guidelines. Provide materials and instructions on how to apply for use of SOAL. As necessary, refer questions and comments to the Land Manager staff and District Manager.
  • Update and keep the district workflow tracking system current, and/or develop other spreadsheets that track work activities as needed.
  • Coordinate file management with the Title and Land Records office to ensure District files are organized, complete, and reconciled with Division files.
  • Examine, prepare, and distribute documents in response to public and internal service requests.
  • Distribute notices and other general correspondence to business partners and follow up on general contract requirements.
  • Perform closeout/archival process for canceled and/or terminated agreements.
  • Review and interpret surveys and aerial photographs; use GIS to create vicinity maps and research ownership inquiries.
  • Track financial accounts, audit billings, notify business partners of delinquent accounts, and work with internal staff and external parties to reconcile accounts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree and two years of work experience in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, business, or other relevant field;
    OR, a combination of education and/or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with managing records and files.
  • Experience with understanding, interpreting, and enforcing contract terms.
  • Experience with working within a team.
  • Experience interpreting laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the management of aquatic land.
  • Proficient at using computers and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and GIS.
  • Proficient at speaking, writing, and reporting clearly and effectively.
  • Team Building – You inspire and create an environment that allows motivation to thrive, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the organization and with stakeholders, fostering commitment, team spirit, pride, and trust.
  • Customer Service – You balance the interests of a variety of clients and readily adjust priorities to respond to pressing and changing client demands. Anticipates and meets the needs of clients, ensures quality end-products, and is committed to continuous improvement of services.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Work setting is primarily an office setting with minimal field time. 
  • 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 unusual but may occur.
  • This position will be required to obtain and/or maintain a Washington State Notary License with remote and electronic notary endorsement upon hire.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, real estate, forestry, science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, business or other relevant field.
  • Experience with insurance, securities, budget tracking, invoicing, and accounts receivable.
  • Proficient at using an accounting or contract management system, such as NaturE and Salesforce.
  • Experience with recognizing land uses and potential land uses.
  • Experience working with leases or other legal contracts and ability to understand interpret and enforce contract terms such as rent, insurance, and financial security requirements.
  • Experience in negotiating leases.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the management of state-owned aquatic lands.
Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). 
  • 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 it with your resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.
Questions?  Please contact Natane Moore at (253) 441-0904 / or e-mail us at

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
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. 
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 which 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, visit here to learn more
  • 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 benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit 

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Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State 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 in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 522-2500 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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