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Natural Resources, Department of

Forester (Multiple Positions) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 18-01744

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Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $47,736 to $57,283 annually ($22.95/hour to $27.54/hour). Pay rate for current & former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State of WI Compensation Plan. These positions include an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits (including supplemental retirement for those positions with Protective status). Pay Schedule/Range is 15-03. An 18-month probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist Senior, 608-266-0520,
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Assessment Information:
55132 -  012  FORESTER-SENIOR - Fall 2018 
Preview Assessment  

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 knowledgeable, customer-oriented candidates to fill current and future Forester positions statewide. Specific locations will be finalized in September and provided to all candidates who are invited to the Assessment Center. The anticipated start date for the next class of Foresters is Monday, November 12, 2018. Foresters of all skill and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

This is a great opportunity to turn your passion for forestry into your life's work and be part of a nationally recognized forestry program!

Position Summary:   
All Foresters direct and provide forest management assistance on private lands, state lands and county forests, providing advice and assistance to landowners, property managers and other partners. Forest land management includes forest reconnaissance, management plans, prescriptions, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.

Most Foresters are also responsible for fire management, which includes fire preparedness, fire suppression, and fire prevention on federal, state, county, and private lands. These positions include fire-line responsibilities such as initial attack; suppression; and serve as the Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, or as a Division Group Supervisor/Task Force/Strike Team Leader during fire suppression operations. These positions also provide expert training to Fire Department personnel and other partners. These positions are responsible for planning and conducting prescribed burning activities to achieve habitat and property management objectives.

Most Foresters are key to public safety and security and require the incumbent to meet and maintain physical fitness test standards. Active fire suppression duties require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. Most positions are available for fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention duties year-round.

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

Special Notes:   
Successful candidates for all positions must pass a background check prior to hire.

Candidates for most positions must also meet medical and physical fitness standards. Complete details on requirements and testing procedures will be provided to candidates who are invited to interview.

Candidates for most positions must be able to obtain and maintain a valid WI driver’s license and meet the requirements to operate a state vehicle.

Many positions have fire-line responsibilities that require the incumbent to respond within 30 minutes to the work station. Specific information will be provided prior to the interview.

Candidates for most positions must be able to obtain and maintain Forest Ranger credentials via in-house training. Credentialed staff will then be expected to enforce basic forestry laws through public contacts and the issuance of citations.

Some positions require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License within six (6) months of hire.

Wildland fire qualifications/certifications may be required within 18 months to five years after hire.

DNR does not sponsor work visas. 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.

Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, or equivalent as determined by the State Forester. Click
     "Preview Assessment" (above) for specific information.
  •  Experience performing forest land management activities, which may be gained
     through an academic training course or camp; internship; temporary summer employment;
     volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment
  •  Training related to fire management, prescribed fire or fire suppression,
     including structural or wildland fire

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Related work experience, as typically gained through full-time/on-going employment
  •  Forest management field experience in the Great Lakes region
  •  Master’s degree in forestry or natural resources
  •  Qualified/Certified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) or Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) based on
     National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards
  •  Experience as an Incident Commander on a wildland fire
  •  Experience training others on fire management techniques and equipment

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 required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

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:

  • Log in and view Job Announcement 18-01744

  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create a letter & resume specifically for 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 letter of qualifications and resume when indicated

  • Read the Instructions page and then answer the questions that follow

  • Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application

  • It is important to provide an accurate e-mail address when you create your Wisc.Jobs account. You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the exam process has been completed. This e-mail address will also be used when contacting you about possible interviews.

    Former state employees and current employees working for other state agencies who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

    Click here for general information about employment with the State of Wisconsin. Please note that DNR does not sponsor work visas.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources operates under an Affirmative Action Plan and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees.


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