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Natural Resources, Department of

Water Resources Management Specialists (multiple vacancies) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-02207

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Various Water Resources Management Specialist titles

    Water Quality Biologist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay for Senior is between $22.50 - $27.00 per hour. Starting pay for Advanced is between $27.00 - $34.00 per hour. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. Both Senior and Advanced positions are non-represented in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03. A 12-month probationary period may be required.
Holly Wallock, HR Specialist, 608-267-7557,
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Deadline to Apply:
All materials must be complete and finalized before 11:59pm CST on the deadline date.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently filling three Water Resources Management Specialist-Advanced vacancies and one Water Resources Management Specialist-Senior vacancy for the Water Quality Program. However, we anticipate multiple vacancies in other geographic locations in the coming months and we intend to use this recruitment to fill those vacancies. If you are interested in positions like these, you should apply now. The current vacancies are as follows and the listed locations will be determined at the time of appointment based on program needs (click each to see a full position description): 

1. (Adv) Lakes and Watershed Protection Specialist in Rhinelander, Woodruff, or Spooner
2. (Adv) Wisconsin River TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Coordinator in Eau Claire or Wausau
3. (Adv) Lakes Biologist TMDL Coordinator in Eau Claire or Spooner
4. (Sr) Streams Water Quality Biologist in Eau Claire

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, meaningful work! For general information on State government employment consideration, click here.

Position Summary:   Water Resources Management Specialist positions administer programs involving: surface water monitoring, evaluation, and assessment; lake management (including aquatic plant and invasive species management); watershed management (including developing and implementing protection and restoration plans), and; technical assistance for surface water grants.

Positions at the advanced level serve as a regional or statewide program experts providing technical expertise to staff and having responsibility for project work planning, budget, and grant coordination. These positions will be responsible for providing comprehensive oversight and management coordination of the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of lake, stream, and watershed protection and improvement projects as required by the Federal Clean Water Act. Significant collaboration and teamwork with other department staff as well as members of the general public, the regulated community, other water quality regulators, and elected officials will be necessary. These are high-level positions that ensure communication and consistency in surface water protection and improvement implementation amongst the various project areas.

Positions at the senior level provide technical support to internal and external partners regarding water quality, public health, and habitat management projects. These positions develop and work on projects under general supervisor and work with partners, other governmental agencies, and/or department staff to make decisions on complex assignments. The positions provide data and technical evaluation assistance to multiple programs to ensure permitted activities are protective of water quality and biota pursuant to the Clean Water Act.

The positions have similarities, however the advanced positions will involve significant interaction and relationship building with partners and stakeholders in addition to high level project management.

Special Notes:   The selected candidates for these positions will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Applicants who are at least minimally qualified will possess the following required qualifications:

A. Experience with the principles of surface water quality including: assessing the condition of surface water resources (biological, chemical, and physical monitoring and assessment of lakes, rivers, and streams); data interpretation, report writing, and equipment use and maintenance;
B. Project management experience, initiating and/or managing projects (such as monitoring and planning projects) with minimal supervision;
C. Communication experience: public speaking, presenting information, and technical writing.

In addition to the required qualifications, the best-qualified applicants will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

A. Experience with land use and water quality models;
B. Project management experience that includes leading complex or challenging projects; evaluating project performance; training; developing grants, and; experience developing and implementing watershed projects or TMDLs;
C. Advanced level communication experience including: presenting information to diverse groups of stakeholders; transmitting information using varied media; and developing training workshops.

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 WiscJobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account, click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create your custom cover letter & resume for this recruitment. Add the new documents to your account before applying

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.


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