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Natural Resources, Department of

Policy Specialist (Forest Tax Law) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-00719

Dane, Oneida
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Tax Law Policy Specialist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $66,019 to $71,864 annually ($31.74/hour to $34.55/hour). Pay for current state employees may vary based on the State of WI Compensation Plan, which requires additional DPM approval to offer a pay increase to transfer candidates. 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 15-03. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, 608-266-0520,
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Assessment Information:
55133 -  024  FORESTER-ADV (Tax Law Policy Spec) 
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The Forest Tax Law Policy Specialist is the perfect position for an experienced policy writer who is looking for a challenging, yet rewarding job that includes working with a great team of people. Plus, you will indirectly play a key role in providing watershed protection, wildlife habitat and public access for recreation. You don't need to be an expert in forest tax law, but knowledge of the regulatory policy process will be extremely helpful in achieving success in this position.

The successful candidate can choose a location in either Madison or Rhinelander.

In-person interviews are tentatively planned for the week of April 15.

Don't let this unique career opportunity pass you by -- apply today!

Position Summary:   
The Tax Law Policy Specialist provides leadership for statewide policy development and public outreach and communication for Forest Tax Law programs, which essentially provide a financial incentive for private landowners to manage their forests and timber production. Knowledge of forest tax law is beneficial, but can be learned on the job.

The Tax Law Policy Specialist provides programmatic guidance for internal staff and external partners. Responsibilities will include critical analytical review of forest tax law programs by researching, developing and implementing statewide operational policy, as well as analyzing and evaluating compliance with the statutes, administrative codes and handbook requirements.

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

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

This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a valid WI driver's license.

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 drafting, analyzing and developing policies in collaboration with internal
     or external partners
  •  Experience providing public outreach, including public presentations and written articles
     or reports. Experience must be a recurrent aspect of a position rather than occasional.

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Experience providing a leadership role for the development of natural resources or
     other regulatory policies. Regulatory policies may include administrative codes,
     statutes or other governmental standards and rules for any level of government.
  •  Experience communicating materials in a complex environment, including more
     than one of the following:
     -  multiple stakeholder groups with different perspectives
     -  controversial subject matter
     -  high visibility or highly scrutinized by the public
     -  high-level decision makers (e.g., legislature or executive-level managers)

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

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