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Natural Resources, Department of

Economist (Forestry) 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-01349

Dane, Oneida
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Forest Economist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $69,264 to $83,220 annually ($33.30/hour to $40.01/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 08-03. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, 608-266-0520,
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Assessment Information:
54072 -  008  ECONOMIST - ADVANCED (Forest Economist) 
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Did you know that Wisconsin's forest industry provides more than 64,000 jobs and has an annual output of $24.7 billion? And that Wisconsin is the nationwide leader for paper production and wood furniture manufacturing? Or that an exciting new industry in renewable biofuels is emerging that creates energy and fuel from left-over woody biomass?

As you can see, the forest industry has a tremendous economic impact on the state, and you can be an important part of it! Don't worry if you're not well versed in forestry or natural resources, although that's a plus! We're willing to train the right person on aspects of forestry as long as you possess a strong knowledge of economic principles, theories and practices. We'll be counting on you as the Forest Economist to be the Division's expert on economic analysis and evaluation.

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

Interviews are anticipated to be held during the week of June 17th, so mark your calendars now!

Position Summary:   
The Forest Economist is responsible for conducting complex economic analyses and evaluation, developing economic policies and training, managing internal and external partnerships, and providing leadership for the statewide Forest Economics program in the Division of Forestry. This position routinely shares economic data, forecasts and model outputs so they can be used in decision-making for forestry issues statewide.

The Forest Economist is a key internal and external consultant for staff, leadership, inter-divisional teams, and partner groups, including the Wisconsin Council on Forestry which is appointed by the Governor. This position provides extensive support to the forest products sector statewide.

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.

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 at least one of the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:
  •  Work experience conducting complex analyses of economic data for the purpose of
     informing policy or management decisions

  •  OR, PhD in Economics

  •  OR, Master’s degree in Economics with a natural resources-related emphasis, such as
     Forest Economics, Agricultural Economics or Natural Resources Economics

Best-qualified candidates will also possess one or more of following preferred qualifications:
  •  Combination of the education and work experience listed above
  •  Work experience conducting complex economic analyses of natural resources-related
  •  Work experience evaluating economic implications of legislation or regulations for
     any level of government (i.e., local, state or federal)
  •  Experience developing and presenting professional presentations or reports for
     high-level decision makers (e.g., elected officials, senior executives or agency administrators)
     or for scientific/professional meetings or conferences

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:   
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    The DNR is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.


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