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Natural Resources, Department of

Forestry Technician (Multiple Positions) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 18-01848

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Forestry Technician

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $16.95/hour with supplemental retirement benefits for Protective status. Pay rate for current or former state employees may vary based on the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan. These positions include an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and early retirement benefits. These positions are non-represented and included in Pay Schedule / Range 06-13. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist Senior, 608-266-0520,
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Deadline to Apply:

Assessment Information:
90770 -  011  FORESTRY TECHNICIAN-ADV - 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 enthusiastic and hard-working candidates to fill Forestry Technician positions statewide. A love of forests, physical work, heavy equipment operation and maintenance, and firefighting are essential! Significant on-the-job training is provided.

Specific job locations will be finalized in September and provided to all candidates who are invited to the in-person interview. The anticipated start date is Monday, November 12, 2018.

Position Summary:   
Forestry Technicians are responsible for fire management activities (i.e., fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention); serving as a certified forest fire equipment operator; operating specialized/complex forest fire control equipment including tractor/plows and engines; issuing permits; implementing forest fire prevent projects; and assisting in performing fire inspections.

Forestry Technicians also assist with all aspects of the forest management program, which may include forest reconnaissance, management plans, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.

Forestry Technician positions are key to public safety and security and require the incumbent to meet and maintain physical fitness test standards. The principal duties of the position require active fire suppression duties which require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. These positions are available for fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention duties year-round.

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

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

Candidates 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.

All candidates must meet the requirements to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License within 6 months. In addition, certifications related to firefighting and equipment operation must be attained within one to five years.

Due to fire-line responsibilities, candidates hired into these positions must be able to respond within 30 minutes to the work station and travel independently. Work stations will be communicated later in the hiring process.

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:
  •  Training or experience related to any type of fire suppression
  •  Field experience* performing a combination of field forestry practices, such as:
         Forestry data collection;
         Forest regeneration assessment;
         Silviculture (i.e., science-based forest management practices);
         Timber marking and sale establishment; 
         Tree identification;
         Computer-based mapping system, such as GIS maps or downloading GPS; OR
         Identifying legal descriptions, and using deeds and locations within platbooks

     * NOTE: Experience may be gained through an academic training course or camp;
        internship; temporary summer employment; volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Wildland fire qualification/certification
  •  Experience operating equipment such as tractors, dozers, skidsteers, or forklift
  •  Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
  •  Experience operating and maintaining small engines, such as snow blowers,
     pumps, lawnmowers, or chainsaws
  •  Heavy equipment maintenance, such as replacing hydraulic lines, greasing, track
     adjustments, checking fluid levels, or changing implements
  •  Field experience performing the full array of field forestry practices listed above,
     preferably gained through full-time/on-going employment
  •  Coursework related to forest management

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 18-01848

  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to answer three questions.

  • Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen

  • Review your Job Application, make any necessary updates and click “Continue”

  • Complete the Job Preferences screen and click “Continue”

  • Attach your resume when indicated

  • Read the Instructions page and then enter your answers to each of the three questions

  • 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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