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Natural Resources, Department of

Species Management Team Leader 

Job Announcement Code(s): 20-00046

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  Job Working Title:
    Species Management Team Leader

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $70,720 and $81,889 annually ($34.00 - $39.37 per hour). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. Current State employees applying as a transfer applicant will require DPM approval for pay on transfer increases. Please contact the HR Specialist for more information. This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 81-03.
Rebecca Rupnow, Human Resources Specialist, 608-261-6447,
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Deadline to Apply:
All materials must be complete and finalized by 11:59 pm CDT on the deadline date. Once you have finalized, changes can not be made to your application.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Species Management Team Leader in the Natural Resources Program Supervisor classification within the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.  This position will be stationed in Madison.

The Wisconsin DNR is located at 101 S. Webster Street in the heart of downtown Madison, near the state capitol, the Madison Metro bus route and the Capital City bike path. In addition, there are many nearby restaurants and shopping venues.  In partnership with individuals and organizations, the DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air, and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor activities.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community by participating in fund raisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions. 

Position Summary:   

This supervisory position, in collaboration with the Species Management Section Chief, leads, directs and oversees all policy, personnel and communications activities associated with a portion of the Species Management section of the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. It provides management and supervision, mentors staff, and develops talent for a team of 15 conservation biologists with job responsibilities in the following areas: conservation of aquatic and wetland rare and nongame species including mussels, aquatic insects, amphibians, and reptiles, WI Natural Heritage Inventory, WI Wildlife Action Plan, and coordination of department invasive species programs and invasive administrative code (NR 40) implementation. The Species Management Team Leader serves as the key technical expert and strategic leader for the bureau on aquatic rare and nongame species management and conservation statewide, setting the pace for the program through leadership, innovation, adaptation, best practices, and program communications and partnerships. Customer and partner groups will include the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Division of Forestry, Water Quality, Department Invasive Species Team and other programs within DNR, Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, citizens, citizen groups, tribal governments, and governmental, nongovernmental and educational representatives. 

To view the complete position description, click here

Special Notes:   

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check.  DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire.


Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:
•Knowledge and understanding of ecosystem management, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, zoology, botany, or closely related field.
•Leadership experience including project management lead or coordination, and team lead.

In addition to the required qualifications, preferred qualifications include:
•Direct Supervisory experience with responsibility for duties such as hiring, dismissing, counseling, and performance management .
•Skill and experience in research, monitoring, and conservation of rare or nongame aquatic or wetland species OR research, monitoring or policy development for terrestrial invasive plant species.

How To Apply:   

If you have not already done so, create an account by clicking the green “Log In” button at the top of the main Wisc.Jobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:

  • Log in and view Job Announcement 2000046

  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to customize your job narrative cover letter & resume to the qualifications of this position
  • Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Review your job application, make any necessary updates and then click “Continue”
  • Complete the Job Preferences screen and then click “Continue”
  • Attach your job narrative cover letter and resume when prompted
  • Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows
  • Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application

You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. We will also correspond via e-mail for assessment results and potentially interviews.

Current permanent classified state employees outside of the DNR or former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion, or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at the DNR. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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