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Natural Resources, Department of

Forest Fire Law Enforcement Specialist 

Job Announcement Code(s): 18-03360

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Forest Fire Law Enforcement Specialist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $59,404 and $70,012 annually ($28.56/hour to $33.66/hour). Pay for current or former state employees may vary based on the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan. This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits (including supplemental retirement for Protective status). This position is non-represented and included in Pay Schedule / Range 15-03. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, 608-266-0520,
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Deadline to Apply:

Assessment Information:
55133 -  023  FORESTER-ADV (Forest Fire Law Enforcemt Spec) 
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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 candidates who are skilled in both law enforcement investigations and presenting training programs to lead the Forest Fire Law Enforcement program.

The Forest Fire Law Enforcement Specialist is responsible for providing expertise statewide and can be based in any DNR facility, subject to space availability and managerial approval.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to add a twist to your law enforcement background by becoming part of a nationally-recognized forestry program!

Position Summary:   
The Forest Fire Law Enforcement Specialist provides leadership for all aspects of the Division of Forestry’s law enforcement program. These activities include providing enforcement-specific expertise, guidance and consultation to forester rangers on field operations, District Forestry Leaders, Area Foresters, Department field staff, other DNR bureaus, outside agencies, and external customers. The position serves as the primary forestry law enforcement investigator and oversees the enforcement of appropriate statues and administrative rules. The position leads the direction and coordination of law enforcement actions in relation to the forest fire management and forest management programs statewide.

The Forest Fire Law Enforcement Specialist also leads training and educational efforts involving all aspects of forestry law enforcement both with internal and external partners, credentialed and non-credentialed.

Note that the person who holds this position is not a sworn law enforcement officer; however he or she must maintain Forest Ranger law enforcement credentials to deal with civil enforcement situations.

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

Special Notes:   
The selected candidate will be required to pass a standard background check prior to an offer of employment.

The selected candidate must also meet the following requirements to continue employment in this position:
   •  Meet and maintain physical fitness standards required by the Department
   •  Meet and maintain requirements to operate a state vehicle
   •  Obtain and maintain Forest Ranger credentials
   •  Obtain and maintain Department Locomotive Inspector credentials
   •  Obtain and maintain Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF) credentials
   •  Obtain and maintain Law Enforcement Branch Director Division Type 3 credentials
   •  Obtain and maintain Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) credentials

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:
  •  Law enforcement investigation experience; and
  •  Experience as an instructor presenting community-based or informal education programs
     (i.e., not formal school-based education). Experience must include adult audiences;
     large or small groups; in-person delivery; and at least presenting “canned” programs
     that were developed by others on any subject.

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Experience in law enforcement investigations related to wildland fire or other types
     of natural resources
  •  Experience developing (or evaluating/improving) and presenting education/training
     programs related to law enforcement or fire (any type)
  •  Qualified (with Task Book completed) as Wildland Fire Investigator
  •  Experience with prevention of railroad-caused wildland fires
  •  Qualified (with Task Book completed) as Incident Commander Type 4
  •  Experience in structural fire investigations

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your training and 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 the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply:   
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  • 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 resume and letter of qualifications when indicated

  • Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows

  • Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application. Applications that are not finalized will not be considered.

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