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Natural Resources, Department of

Fisheries Management Technician - Advanced (multiple openings) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-02360

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Fisheries Technician Advanced - Management

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $16.61 per hour (annually $34,548.80) plus excellent benefits. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees will be set according to applicable provisions of the State Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period may be required. This position is in pay schedule/range 06-13.
Kelsey Scholtens, Human Resources Specialist, 608-266-8173,
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Deadline to Apply:
Applications must be complete and finalized before 11:59PM CST on the deadline date. Once you finalize, you cannot make changes to your application.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has several rewarding opportunities to work as a full time Fisheries Management Technician.  This important paraprofessional role supports the work of the Fisheries Bureau and the Fisheries Biologist in an assigned geographic area. See available locations below.  Main responsibilities are to plan and conduct biological surveys and plan and implement lake/stream habitat development, rehabilitation, maintenance and protection projects.  In these efforts you will performing data entry and analysis, assisting with technical and scientific report writing; performing equipment and facilities maintenance; and assist with public information and education efforts.  Travel within a geographic area is substantial as well as some region/statewide travel.    
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, 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 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: We are currently filling vacancies in the following locations: 1.  Fitchburg 2.  Florence 3. Oshkosh 4. Rhinelander 5.  Sturgeon Bay 6. Poynette 7. Baldwin 8. Dodgeville 9. Hayward 10. Milwaukee   Important note: This recruitment may be used to fill Fisheries Technicians -Advanced (Management) opportunities, as they may occur throughout the state, for at least the next six months.  Apply NOW if you have any interest.   (Please select "statewide" opportunity in your application, if you want to be considered for each and every opening as they occur throughout the state).

Position Summary:   This position performs a wide variety of duties and  includes planning and conducting biological surveys; performing data entry and analysis, assisting with technical and scientific report writing; planning and conducting stream and lake habitat projects; assisting with lands maintenance, acquisition and fishing access development activities; performing equipment and facilities maintenance; assisting with public information and education efforts; directing the work activities of some limited term employees; and performing other support and administrative activities as assigned.

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

Special Notes:   Final candidates will require a background check.  Ability to routinely exert 20-100 lbs.  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. 

The working hours are 40 hours per week. Ability to work various shifts, weekends and holidays in inclement weather conditions. Hours may change based on departmental needs due to peaks in work load.


Minimally qualified applicants will have experience, training or education in ALL of the following:
1. Understanding and/or determining fish species/ characteristics, fish habitat and/or fish ecology
2. Fish sampling techniques
3. Collecting and organizing large amount of data from fish or habitat sampling surveys

Well-qualified applicants will have experience in the following:
1. Conducting habitat and fisheries restoration projects
2. Habitat assessment techniques
3. Degree in Fisheries Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or Statistics  

Special Requirements
1. Valid driver’s license for travel
2. Ability to complete electroshocking equipment class with the DNR
3. Ability to obtain and maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) designation 
4. Ability to complete the American Red Cross First Aid training course
5. Ability to work various hours, mostly days. Will work 3 to 11 p.m. occasionally and  some weekends.
6. Ability to work long hours and in inclement weather conditions
7. Ability to attend and complete WI Boater Safety course

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 17-02360
•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  

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 608-266-8173.

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.

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