Vacancy Ann. # STOI-17-024
Rate of Pay DOQ/DOE
Opening Date MARCH 13, 2017
Closing Date MARCH 20, 2017


The Timbersales Manager Trainee position involves three levels before becoming the tribes Timbersales Manager. The Trainee must meet the basic educational and competency requirements for this position and are actively working towards becoming fully qualified as the Timbersales Manager within 5 years. The purpose of this position is to fully prepare the incumbent to oversee and implement the Timbersales Program on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The Trainee will eventually have full program responsibility as outlined below.


  • Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that timber sale contract provisions are complied with and ensures that landowner’s property is protected from damages related to logging operations.
  • Acts as timber sales officer on two or more concurrent timber sales with at times unusual and complex prescriptions treating forest conditions. Explains contract administration.
  • Cruises timber for land sales and performs other special cruises and studies.  Collects cost and other data on various phases of logging operations for use in appraisals.
  • Lays out roads, skid trails, landings and logging spurs and assists contractors in establishing same.
  • Assists logging contractors in improving their operations so all parties will benefit.
  • Scales logs under scaling assignment as needed in emergency situations. Determines merchantable content of approximately five major species of saw logs as a basis of payment for Indian owned timber.  Documents “waste” in woods and answers contractor’s questions on same.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of weekly, quarterly and annual reports of sale activities, keeps Forest Manager informed of current status on all ongoing projects.
  • Provides overall direction for the timber sale program, supervising staff, setting program goals, performance standards, and targets, evaluating performance and ensuring quality of results.

During periods of low logging activity or in coordination with active timber sale duties:

  • Collects and/or checks crews collecting field data and performs presale timber cruises in all areas including stands where complex, unique, sensitive, and unusual situations are encountered.  Utilizes and trains lower graded aids and technicians in assigned tasks.
  • Collects field data for forest resource surveys and studies.  Results are attained through proper and consistent application of prescribed techniques and procedures.  Resolves conflicts between actual stand conditions and prescribed techniques.
  • Locates and establishes on ground, cable and logging road profiles and lines; surveys same and records data including entering into computer program and placing on maps.
  • Retraces General Land Office lines and relocates same on ground using established procedures and techniques.  Acts as crew chief on survey crews.
  • Performs reconnaissance and layout of proposed logging units including laying out and traversing boundaries.
  • Establishes, re-establishes and measures and checks measurements of continuous forest inventory and growth plots.
  • Collects various forest resource data, prepares data, summaries, statistical analysis maps, graphs, and rough draft narratives for inclusion in finished reports or studies. Assists foresters in preparing a variety of assigned reports.
  • Prepares training programs and conducts on-the-job training to familiarize forestry technicians, trainees and other staff in technical application of Timber Sale contract compliance, forest survey, boundary locations, timber cruising and marking techniques.


  • Functions under the direct supervision of the Forest Manager. For specific projects, organizes and supervises the work of all Timbersales staff related to implementing timber sale activities.


  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Valid Washington State Drivers’ License, good driving record, tribally insurable.
  • Able to lift and carry 45 lbs.
  • Able to walk all day in steep, rugged terrain
  • Able to work in inclement weather
  • Basic computer experience


Level 1, in addition to Minimum Requirements listed above;

  • Minimum 2 years Natural Resource experience, preference for Forestry experience
  • Experience in map reading
  • Basic understanding of log scaling
  • Basic understanding of Forest Harvest Systems
  • Supervisory experience

Level 2, in addition to Level 1:

  • 4 years Natural Resources experience, preference for Forestry experience
  • Training/experience in map reading, corner and property line locating
  • 1 year supervisory experience
  • Utilization Scaler qualified
  • Forest Harvest Systems Training
  • Training and experience in PC use: Intro to GIS
  • Basic GPS Training
  • Attend annual scaling roll-out
  • Basic Writing Course
  • Management/Leadership Training

Level 3, in addition to Level 2

  • 6 years Natural Resources experience, preferably Forestry
  • 3 years supervisory experience
  • Road Engineering Training
  • NEPA training
  • Presale Marking Certification
  • Management/Leadership Training II
  • Budget Training
  • Forest Harvest Systems training II
  • Advanced Technical Writing training
  • GIS training II
  • Production level scaler certification
  • Or AA degree in Forestry


Applications Are Available In the Tribal Human Resources Department

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Or At www.spokanetribe.com       

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson

(509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527

FAX: (509) 458-6556

E-mail:   sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department No Later Than 4:30 pm the Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves the Right to Hire According To Its Indian

Preference Policy

Applicants Are Subject To a Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions with the Spokane Tribe Are Subject To a 90-Day Orientation Period