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Natural Resources, Department of

Fish Biologist Senior (Multiple Openings) - Deadline Extended
Job Announcement Code(s): 17-02250

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  Job Working Title:
    Fisheries Biologist (multiple openings)

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $49,920 and $54,080 annually ($24-$26 per hour) depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period may be required. This position is non-represented in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03.
Susan Schwarm, Human Resources Specialist - DNR, or 608-267-7432
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Deadline to Apply:
The previous publication date was 9/8/2017. The previous deadline date was 9/17/2017. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m., CST on 9/24/2017. Applications or any materials received after this date will not be considered.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has multiple full time opportunities to work as a Fisheries Biologist. This rewarding role is responsible for planning and implementing a professional, diverse fisheries management program to protect and improve sport and commercial fishing on all lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams within the assigned geographic area. In addition, the role interacts, communicates and collaborates with various special interest groups, government entities and other angler groups.  There are several openings (see below) within the state. Travel is frequent within the assigned geographic area.       

The DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing its natural resources. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

In addition to many appealing benefits* the DNR offers a fun and casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depends on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive and diverse agency that prides itself on its commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community.  Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding, meaningful work!  

Location information: The current job openings in WI are as follows:  1.  Baldwin 2.  Dodgeville 3. Milwaukee 4. Plymouth 5. Rhinelander 6. Wausau  7. Other anticipated location(s).  Important note: Apply NOW if you have any interest! This recruitment may be used to fill Fisheries Biologist Senior classification opportunities, as they may occur throughout the state, for at least the next six months. Select "statewide" opportunity in your application, if you want to be considered for each and every opening.

Position Summary:   This position plans and implements a professional, diverse fisheries management program to protect and improve sport and commercial fishing on all lakes, streams, flowages, rivers and ponds within the assigned geographical area. The role also involves assessing fisheries populations and habitat through data/statistical analysis. This includes using a variety of evaluation techniques to understand the fish and/or habitat, designing/analyzing surveys or other data, researching information and statistical analysis. Processes permits. The Fisheries Biologist will also communicate and collaborate with the general public, anglers, commercial fishers and/or other interested groups. Travel within this geographic area will be frequent.


We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here.

Special Notes:   Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check.  Valid driver's license required.   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, and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire. 


Minimally qualified applicants will have experience, training or education in ALL of the following*:

•Experience with fisheries science/management, such as such as developing, conducting, and/or evaluating fish surveys, quantitative fisheries ecology; fish statistical analysis; fisheries population dynamics; limnological principles; or interactions between fishes and their abiotic habitat.
•Experience of developing or writing management plans or making recommendations regarding fish stocking, fish habitat or other rules such as fish size or bag limits based on research and/or statistical analysis.

Well-qualified applicants will have experience, training or education in the following*:

•Experience developing, conducting and/or evaluating fish surveys (such as fish populations, fish habitat, etc).
•Experience collaborating and communicating with diverse and/or multiple stakeholders (such as general public, local, state, federal and/or tribal government units and/or non-profit or other special interest groups, etc.)
•Experience with permits related to fisheries or water issues that impact fish habitat/populations (such fish stocking, aquatic plant management and scientist collector permits, water regulation permits affecting fish and need to provide input, etc.)
•A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science/management or related field

*Important note: Please click and review the "preview assessment" for applicant instructions for details on what to include in your resume and cover letter for the initial review of your materials.

How To Apply:   

Create an account, see 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:
•Log in, view job 17-02250
•Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create customized your cover letter & resume 
•Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen
•Complete the job application and “Continue”
•Complete the Job Preferences screen and “Continue”
•Attach your cover letter and resume when indicated (both are required)
•Read and follow the Application Instructions Page and then insert your name on page 2 of the instructions
•Click “Save and Finalize” to submit your application, cover letter and resume.  You will be sent an automatic email confirming the application process has been completed. We will also correspond via email for assessment results and potential interviews.   

To be considered for this position applicants must complete the online process.  Application materials will not be accepted if received in an email, as a hard copy or a fax.  If you are unable to complete the materials or have any questions, please contact or 608-267-7432. 
Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Therefore, it is critical to adequately describe how you meet the minimally required qualifications shown above. Failure to submit a resume AND cover letter will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for the position. 

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. Internal transfer or voluntary demotion candidates should apply through the internal process.

For more information about the application and selection process visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on WISC.JOBS

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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