Senior Forest Maintenance Worker (Forestry, Logging & Mill Operations)

Full Time

  City of Seattle - Seattle Public Utilities

  North Bend, Washington, United States


Seattle Public Utilities is seeking an outdoor construction professional to serve as a Senior Forest Maintenance Worker who can thrive in a dynamic work environment while maintaining and improving our stewardship of the natural resources that enhance our City, local community, and the region.  Senior Forest Maintenance Workers are an integral part of Watershed Operations.  A team that, traverses some of the most beautiful valleys, ridges, and summits within the Cascade Mountains as they conduct work on the Cedar River and South Fork Tolt Watersheds that are the source of drinking water for 1.4 million customers.    

The Senior Forest Maintenance Worker position is part of an inclusive outdoor-minded crew that provides watershed maintenance on more than 100,000 acres of forest land. Priority work includes leading 2-3 person crew in the following areas:  Road Decommissioning, Road Improvement, timber falling, fence line maintenance, fish passage projects, peak-flow projects, bridge maintenance, culvert maintenance and much more!   

About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City ValuesWorkplace Expectations, and Racial Equity and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

  • Assigns work tasks on major and minor maintenance such as fence repair and irrigation system maintenance.
  • Issues tools, equipment, and materials to field crews, and maintains inventory of vehicle fuels; procures equipment and supplies; repairs and maintains tools and equipment.
  • Takes lead role in documentation and inspection of watershed assets, prepares necessary reports.
  • Builds, maintains, and repairs wooden, steel, and concrete bridges, walks, ramps, posts, roads, culverts, fences, gates, walls, footings, and related facilities and structures in the watershed. 
  • Clears forest area of brush and fallen timber by use of brush saws, chain saws and other tools. 
  • Performs reforestation, stream restoration, and habitat improvement activities 
  • Builds roads and trails, fells trees and snags, assists in burning logging slash, removes debris from reservoirs, hauls and delivers materials used in road construction.
  • Works closely with heavy equipment operators as a ground person, guiding excavation, preparing footings and foundations.
  • Operates hydroseeders, straw blowers  and installs erosion control BMP's 
  • Uses explosives in the removal of stumps, trees, and other obstacles. 
  • Emergency response to protect critical watershed assets.
  • Supports major City of Seattle projects within the Municipal Watersheds.
  • Other duties as assigned including, but not limited to mowing, weeding, building, grounds and other facility maintenance.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • Three years of forest maintenance, forestry, road construction and maintenance, grounds maintenance, logging or closely related outdoor maintenance work.
  • Other combinations of education and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability. 

License, Certification and Other Requirements:

  • Current State of Washington driver's license.
  • Washington State Class A Commercial Driver's License with tanker endorsement and air brake restrictions removed.
  • Explosive User's permit issued by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries may be required after appointment.

Working Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Frequently required to lift moderately heavy objects.
  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather and terrain.
  • This job is in North Bend, WA, 32 miles East of Seattle.
  • Reporting for work during winter storm conditions is expected.
  • Required to work with explosives.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Two-years timber falling experience or completion of National Wildfire Coordinating Group, S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws (or equivalent).
  • Experience operating assorted hand and power tools such as carpentry tools, chainsaws, brush saws, pumps, generators, compactors, rock drills, tractors, straw blowers, hydroseeders, etc.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and work from standard specifications for municipal public works construction.
  • Experience leading small, 2-3 person crews to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to use technology in assisting with completing assigned tasks.



At Seattle Public Utilities, our job is to protect the area's quality of life. We pledge to meet community and environmental needs by:

  • Maintaining some of the nation's best drinking water.
  • Preventing sewer backups, flooding, and landslides.
  • Helping Seattle residents and businesses be recycling leaders.
  • Protecting local waterways and the Sound from sewage overflows and polluted stormwater runoff.

We do this while always keeping in mind that we need to spend customers' money wisely.
We are also making sure that as Seattle grows, it's even better for future generations. A place where:

  • Less garbage is shipped to the landfill.
  • The drinking water is protected.
  • Utility infrastructure is well-built and maintained.
  • And where salmon thrive in healthy waterways.

Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment.

As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.


$28.20 - $32.81 Hourly

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