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Natural Resources, Department of

Forestry Specialist (Forest Tax Law) - $2000 Bonus! - Re-Announcement
Job Announcement Code(s): 19-01633

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Tax Law Forestry Specialist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $54,932 to $66,560 annually ($26.41/hour to $32.00/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:
55140 -  021  FORESTRY SPECIALIST (Tax Law Forestry Spec) 
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If you're a Forester who is committed to sustainable forestry and loves working with private landowners, then this is the perfect time to join our team as a Tax Law Forestry Specialist! We're so convinced that you'll enjoy working for the Division of Forestry that we're offering a $2000 bonus to encourage you to apply and be chosen as our next Specialist. We'll provide full details about the bonus during the interview.

The preferred location for this position is either the Pembine Ranger Station or Peshtigo Service Center. The successful candidate may choose an alternative work station in another DNR facility within the assigned geographical zone, based on space availability and managerial approval.

NOTE: If you previously applied for this position in March (Job Announcement Code 1900711), your application is still under consideration and you do not need to re-apply.

In-person interviews are tentatively planned for the week of July 15, so mark your calendars now!

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to be part of a great team of people dedicated to sustainable forestry!

Position Summary:   
The Tax Law Forestry Specialist provides field administration, coordination and enforcement of the forest tax laws in collaboration with the Tax Law Team Leaders and other Tax Law positions. The Tax Law Forestry Specialist is a key internal and external consultant for staff, leadership, inter-divisional teams, and partner groups. As described in the Division's Strategic Direction, an important focus of the Tax Law Forestry Specialists is currently to work with new landowners to enroll them into the Tax Law program for the first time.

The Tax Law Forestry Specialist maintains cutting-edge knowledge and expertise in the forest tax laws and silviculture by staying abreast of current research and maintaining an effective professional network.

We encourage you to review the complete 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 become certified as a Tree Farm Inspector.

The incumbent must 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:
  •  Work experience applying the principles of silviculture to develop and implement
     sustainable forest management plans
  •  Forest tax law experience*, including independently completing at least one the following:
       -  Written a managed forest law (MFL) plan
       -  Submitted a MFL cutting notice or MFL cutting report
       -  Prepared Ownership Change Request Form (a.k.a. transfer form)
       -  Prepared MFL maps

      *NOTE: Similar private-landowner forestry programs in other states may be substituted.

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Broad, in-depth experience related to forest tax law
  •  Certified Plan Writer (CPW) designation
  •  Experience administering tax law timber sales contracts, such as tree planting, site
     preparation, invasive species, or timber site improvement
  •  Bachelor’s degree in forestry from a four-year program accredited by the Society of
     American Foresters --OR-- Bachelor’s degree in natural resources with passing
     coursework (as part of either a bachelor’s or master’s program) in Silviculture,
     Dendrology, Forest Ecology, and Forest Mensuration --OR-- Current certification as
     a Certified Forester from the Society of American Foresters

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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