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Natural Resources Instructor - Tenure Track

Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Position Summary

Green River College's student body is made up of approximately 41% Academic Transfer students, 34% Professional-Technical, 15% Adult Basic Education, 3% Applied Bachelor degrees. Green River College has four campuses, including the main campus in Auburn, with satellite campuses in Kent, downtown Auburn, and Enumclaw. Green River programs serve high school graduates, Running Start students (dual enrollment in local high schools and the college), those seeking retraining for the workforce, international students, students learning English as a second language, and Continuing Education students. Green River's service areas are increasingly ethnically diverse, comprising African Americans, African immigrants, Asian Americans, Asians, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern Americans, among other communities.


Green River College is committed to enhancing and supporting a diverse campus environment, incorporating principles of equity in order to promote inclusive practices. Diversity is understood in terms of intersectional identities defined by culture, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, religion, veteran status, immigration status, and age. Given the diversity of our student population and service areas, we encourage applications from faculty, staff, and administrators with demonstrated experience and expertise in supporting, sustaining and serving people from a wide range of backgrounds and collaborating effectively with others.

Green River College takes great pride in being a leader in the Forestry and Natural Resources fields in the tri-state area of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho offering 5 AAS degrees and two concentrations, Resource Sampling and Operations in the BAS Program.

The Natural Resources department is now looking for an energetic, knowledgeable, creative, dedicated, motivating, encouraging, and enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time tenure track position. The successful candidate that can work effectively with students, colleagues, staff and others in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity.

Position Responsibilities

  • Teach a variety of courses within the following degree paths: forest management, GIS, parks and recreation, wildland firefighting, water quality and forestry operations.

  • Teach various Silviculture, Fire, Forest Appraisal, Forest Navigation, Road and Trail and GIS courses as necessary

  • Design classes to assist with maintenance of campus owned and DNR leased forest lands through hazard tree identification and removal, trail maintenance, planting, research plot continuation, fire abatement, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat creation and seedling release.

  • Develop relationships with regional employers with the dual goal of ensuring a high rate of employment for our graduates, continuously adapting and improving the model of evaluating curricula to meet industry standards for the multiple industries students are employed in post-graduation.

  • Maintain and repair instructional equipment such as Relaskops, recoil tapes, flow meters, small engines, chain saws, ATV’s and generators as needed. Monitor all forestry instructional supplies and the fleet of vehicles which includes 3-15 passenger vans, 1- F250 crew cab pickup and 1 cargo trailer.

  • Revise class schedules and review course and program offerings on a quarterly basis or as required.

  • Participate and contribute to other college division and professional activities such as committee work and professional development in communication with NATRS department and goals therein.

  • Explain the Natural Resource associates and bachelor’s degrees to prospective students. Advise current students on a quarterly basis to help maintain individual student program goals. Successfully link students to funding sources to maintain or improve completion rates.



  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry or related field with 8 or more years working in the forestry industry with a minimum of 6 years field experience and 3 years progressively responsible and relevant field work during the past 5 years, including managerial or supervisory experience.
  • OR

  • An Associate in Applied Sciences with Forestry focus and 10 or more years working in the forestry industry with a minimum of 8 years field experience and 3 years progressively responsible and relevant field work during the past 5 years including managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Proficient in the implementation of forest practices rules and regulations and compliance, with an understanding of the application and enforcement of HCP requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and make general repairs of equipment like vehicles, small engines, chainsaws, ATV’s, hand tools used for outdoor classes and work study.
  • Knowledge and experience in grant writing and reporting.
  • Proficient in GIS software (e.g.ArcGIS) and able to assist students in entry level GIS and data management.
  • Ability to use GPS units and data logger in field environments and to transfer data into useable formats.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, teamwork, and networking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build constructive professional working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual regard
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365.
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with people of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as those with disabilities.
  • Work in a complex and dynamic environment where success is often the result of open communication, respect, cooperation and collaboration.
  • Ability to assess and grade student work with a strong emphasis in improving student writing.
  • A valid driver’s license and have a minimum of 2 years of off road (4x4) driving experience on forest and logging roads. This position requires driving as an essential function.
  • Dedication to closing the education gap for underrepresented groups in natural resource education and employment.

  • Master’s degree in Forestry or related field.
  • Possess a valid First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid card.
  • Teaching and/or training experience at the community college level or in the field.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a WSDA Pesticide Applicators License within the first year of employment.
  • Certified to teach our Chainsaw class.
  • A fire line rating qualified to teach Fire Fighter 2 (FF2) classes (SRB or above).
  • Fundraising or donor cultivation experience.
  • Experience working with Tribal Entities.
  • Experience with practicing inclusive leadership and fostering an inclusive culture on a team.
    • The successful candidate will:
    • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal communications skills.
    • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels.
    • Demonstrate excitement for forestry and conservation of natural resources, and interest in bridging communication gap between various natural resource sectors by teaching an inclusive curriculum in all classes.
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to student success through revision of classes and assignments to improve student employment.
    • Possess professional experience that leads to contacts and networking for Natural Resource program employment, guest lectures and field experiences for students with contractors and industry professionals.
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues in a professional setting with strong support of faculty and staff members.
    • Have situational awareness and be ready to jump in and help fellow faculty and staff.
    • Be comfortable in the management of personnel as well as the enforcement of Green River College Policies, with an emphasis on the policies within the Natural Resources Program.
    • Display a professional work ethic and positive attitude.
    • Maintain ethics, integrity, and use sound professional judgment.
    • Be punctual.
    • Be available to meet with students when not teaching.
    • Be responsive to student, faculty and staff inquiries when possible.
  • Candidate must be able to teach evenings, weekends as necessary and be flexible to teach at Green River's Kent and Enumclaw campuses or around the three Green River properties.
  • Supplemental Information

    This is a full-time tenure-track position beginning fall 2022, continuing with annual nine-month contracts. The salary will be determined according to the candidate's educational background, teaching experience and applicable work experience.


    To be considered for this position, include the following with your completed online application and responses to the Supplemental Questions (located under the tab titled "Supplemental Questions") .

    •Cover letter that that specifically describes how you meet the minimum and the preferred qualifications

    This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by The Green River United Faculty Coalition.

    Effective October 18, 2021, Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, the successful candidate must be fully vaccinated* or present a medical or religious exemption. New employee vaccination status will be verified upon hire. You must provide documentation of your vaccination record to GRC Human Resources. If you need additional information on medical or religious accommodations, contact [email protected]

    *To be fully vaccinated, you must receive your second dose of Pfizer- BioNTech or Moderna, or your single dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) plus 14 full days. For example, If your last shot of Moderna or Pfizer was on 11/1, or your only shot of J&J was on 11/1, your first full day of employment would be 11/15).

    Additional information may be requested if selected to interview.

    At this time, Green River College is not sponsoring for H1-B Visas.

    All offers of employment are subject to background checks. (Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.)

    Green River College is a tobacco free campus. For more information on the tobacco policy, please visit the following link:

    Jeanne Clery Statement: Notice of Availability of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report-- Green River College's Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online at, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information for the past three calendar years. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 253-288-3350.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Green River College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, gender orientation, age, marital status, religion, disability, genetic information or on any other unlawful basis. The college is committed to preventing and stopping discrimination, including harassment of any kind and any associated retaliatory behavior.

    The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Vice President of Human Resources, 12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092-3622, (253) 288-3320. To receive this information in an alternate format, please contact Disability Support Services at (253) 833-9111, ext. 2631; TTY (253) 288-3359.

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