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Natural Resources, Department of

Fisheries Systems Biologist 

Job Announcement Code(s): 18-00678

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  Job Working Title:
    Fisheries Systems Biologist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $58,240 and $66,560 annually ($28.00 - $32.00 per hour). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03.
Rebecca Rupnow, Human Resources Specialist, 608-261-6447,
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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 is hiring a Fisheries Systems Biologist in the Fisheries Biologist Advanced classification within the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Bureau of Fisheries.  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:   The Fisheries Systems Biologist is an interdisciplinary staff position in the Bureau of Fisheries Management requiring significant expertise in fisheries, community ecology, statistics, and natural resources management.

The incumbent will oversee the integrated design, analysis, and implementation of ecological classification of inland lakes and warm water streams of Wisconsin. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining an ecosystem and community-level framework for statewide fisheries monitoring of aquatic resources.  The position involves policy development, work planning, and research. 

The position will function as the Fisheries Bureau research coordinator providing budget and administrative oversight, technical review of all outside fisheries research contracts involving Fisheries Management; and serve as liaison between Fisheries Management, the Office of Applied Science, and Water Quality Monitoring Section.

The incumbent will also serve as the technical editor for the Bureau of Fisheries Management to review department fisheries publications, journal manuscripts, and public informational documents.

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.

Qualifications:   Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:
•Knowledge and understanding of Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, or related fields.
•Experience assessing fisheries populations using evaluation techniques, lakes classification, developing surveys, collecting and analyzing data, etc.
•Fisheries Science/ Management experience: Including quantitative fisheries ecology and population dynamics and related management procedures.

In addition to the required qualifications, preferred qualifications include:
•A Master’s degree or higher in Fisheries Science/Management, Aquatic Ecology, or related field.
•Peer reviewed publication(s) published in fisheries or ecology journals.

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 1800678

  • 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.


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