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Natural Resources, Department of

Forestry Deputy Division Administrator (2 Positions) - Career Executive 

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-00892

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Deputy Division Administrator

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $97,760 and $101,129 annually ($47.00/hour to $48.62/hour). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan. This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. This position is non-represented and included in Pay Schedule / Range 81-01. A two-year Career Executive trial period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist Senior, 608-266-0520,
Bargaining Unit:
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:

Assessment Information:
56850 -  065  NAT RES MANAGER (Forestry Deputy Div Admin) 
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The Department of Natural Resources excels at protecting and managing Wisconsin’s natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of the citizenry. Within DNR, the Division of Forestry works in partnership to administer programs that protect and sustain our forested lands throughout the state, combining technical and financial assistance, planning, research, technology, education, and policy to help meet the many demands on the forest both today and for many years to come.

To help achieve our mission, we are seeking highly-qualified candidates to fill two positions that will play an essential role in establishing the direction and success of Forestry programs statewide:
  •  Deputy Division Administrator of Forestry Services, based primarily in Madison
  •  Deputy Division Administrator of Forestry Field Operations, based in northern
     Wisconsin at a DNR facility to be determined

Position Summary:   
The Division of Forestry recently completed the design of its strategic plan, called the Strategic Direction. The Strategic Direction publication describes how it is essential for the Division of Forestry to maximize its:
  •  value delivered to the people of Wisconsin,
  •  efficient use of limited resources and collective capacity, and
  •  ability to adapt to new and emerging opportunities and challenges.

As the Division moves into the implementation phase of the Strategic Direction, the two Deputy Division Administrators will play a critical role. Both the Deputy Division Administrator of Forestry Services, which serves as the administrator of forest service operations statewide, and the Deputy Division Administrator of Forestry Field Operations, which serves as the director of forest field operations statewide, will assist the Division Administrator in accomplishing the statewide forestry mission.

Responsibilities include policy development, program administration, planning, legislative and intergovernmental liaison, and personnel and fiscal management. Carrying out these duties requires direct consultation and coordination with other states and federal agencies on a routine basis in order to ensure proper consideration of social and economic impacts on governmental units and industries. These positions also serve as the Deputy Chief State Forester and act on behalf of and with the full authority of the Administrator. Both positions serve on the senior executive forestry and operations teams.

Interested applicants are encouraged to request a complete position description for more details about the responsibilities of these positions.

Special Notes:   
The two successful candidates for these positions are required to pass a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:
  •  Senior leadership experience related to forest management or forest fire management
  •  Experience related to statewide program management, including developing policies;
     measuring program effectiveness; developing & managing a multi-program budget;
     managing human resources issues; and directly supervising staff
  •  Experience developing partnerships & collaborative relationships with internal and
     external parties
  •  Experience cultivating & strengthening team dynamics at an organizational level
  •  Interpersonal skills, with a focus on establishing & maintaining positive relationships, even in
     contexts of contention or competition for resources
  •  Oral communication skills, especially in sensitive situations

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Bachelor’s degree related to natural resources
  •  Experience with strategic plan implementation, including demonstrated skill in
     coordinating, delegating & tracking a complex set of tasks; diagnosing & solving
     problems; building trust & mutual agreement; leading people through organizational
     change; and working effectively under ambiguity
  •  Field operations experience in both forest management & forest fire management
  •  Experience developing & analyzing public policy and communicating with policy
     makers, such as a Legislature or Governor’s Office

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate judgment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not possess at least the minimum qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply:   

NOTE: If you have current Career Executive Status in classified state service, please submit a letter of interest and a current resume to

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