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Natural Resources, Department of

Forest Nursery Operations Coordinator/Technician 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-00249

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Nursery Operations Coordinator/Technician

Type of Employment:
Seasonal (minimum of 600 hrs/year but less than 1828 hrs/year)
Starting pay is $17.29 per hour. Pay for current state employees may vary based on the State of WI Compensation Plan. This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. This position is non-represented and included in Pay Schedule / Range 06-13. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, 608-266-0520,
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Deadline to Apply:

Assessment Information:
90770 -  013  FORESTRY TECHNICIAN-ADV (Nursery Ops Coord/Tech) 
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If you love working outdoors and have a knack for guiding and directing other people, the Nursery Operations Coordinator/Technician position is a great career opportunity that you don't want to miss!

This position is located at the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel where seedlings are grown for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife habitat and erosion control. The state nursery and reforestation programs have been the backbone of Wisconsin’s conservation programs by providing a consistent supply of high quality, economically priced seedlings for rebuilding the state’s forest resource.

This is a seasonal position that works each year from mid-March to late November (based on weather). Hours are at least 40 hours per week during the season with eligibility to apply for unemployment insurance during the winter.

Apply now and help begin tomorrow’s forests today! The results of this recruitment will be used to fill both current and future vacancies that occur within the next six months.

Position Summary:   
The Nursery Operations Coordinator/Technician serves two primary roles in the operation of the Wilson State Nursery. On a regular basis, this position coordinates and collaborates with other staff to prioritize and implement core areas of responsibility in nursery management operations (e.g. nursery stock production, pest management, distribution, seed production, and tree improvement operations). This includes providing direction and training for multiple people in the growth, care and preparation of nursery stock for statewide distribution, in addition to collecting, cleaning and distributing tree seeds.

The Nursery Operations Coordinator/Technician also has hands-on responsibility for activities such as applying pesticide applications; operating specialized/complex nursery equipment including tractors, seeders, lifters, and sprayers; and providing building and grounds maintenance on the nursery property.

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

Special Notes:   
The selected candidate must obtain and maintain a WI Pesticide Applicator's License covering forest pesticides, fumigation and seed treatment.

The selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid WI driver's license.

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

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:

  •  Experience using a computer to collect and review any type of data
  •  Nursery, horticulture or farming experience * that includes all of the following:
       - nursery stock or crop production
       - integrated pest management, such as applying pesticides or weeding
       - soil management, such as tillage or fertilization
       - irrigation practices

   *NOTE: “Experience” generally refers to one growing season. A bachelor’s degree in
     forestry, botany, horticulture, agronomy, soil science, or related field may be partially
     substituted for experience as long as the candidate also has at least three months of
     work experience.

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Experience leading other employees in a nursery, horticulture or farm operation
  •  Current or past Pesticide Applicator’s License (any type)
  •  Combination of education and experience: Bachelor’s degree in a related field,
      such as forestry, botany, horticulture, or agronomy; PLUS at least one full season
      of related work experience

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your education 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:   
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 19-00249

  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create your resume & letter specifically for this position. When creating your documents, please use a PDF or Microsoft Word format. Newer document formats like Google Docs are not compatible with WiscJobs.

  • 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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