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Natural Resources, Department of

Forestry Technician 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-02351

Bayfield, Jackson, Lincoln, Menominee, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Wood
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Forestry Technician

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $17.29 per hour, plus eligibility for overtime pay. 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 (including supplemental retirement for Protective status). 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 Senior, 608-266-0520,
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Deadline to Apply:

Assessment Information:
90770 -  014  FORESTRY TECHNICIAN-ADV - 2019 
Preview Assessment  

Forestry Technicians play a vital role in DNR and work side-by-side with Foresters to protect and manage our forests so that they last for years to come. It's an important job, and it takes a special kind of person to do it. A love of forests, physical work, heavy equipment operation and maintenance, and firefighting are essential! Yes, you need some basic knowledge or experience in each of the components of the job, but we'll provide significant on-the-job training to help you succeed.

We currently have job opportunities in the following locations:
  •  Winter Ranger Station
  •  Medford Ranger Station
  •  Keshena Forestry Center
  •  Prentice Ranger Station
  •  Barnes Ranger Station
  •  Rhinelander Ranger Station
  •  Wisconsin Rapids Service Center

Interviews are anticipated to be held during the week of September 23 in Rhinelander and will only be conducted in-person. Successful candidates are anticipated to begin working on November 11, 2019. Mark your calendars!

Are you ready for the greatest job of your life?! Apply now!

Position Summary:   
Forestry Technicians are responsible for fire management activities (i.e., fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention); serving as a certified forest fire equipment operator; operating specialized/complex forest fire control equipment including tractor/plows and engines; issuing permits; implementing forest fire prevent projects; and assisting in performing fire inspections.

Forestry Technicians also assist with all aspects of the forest management program, which may include forest reconnaissance, management plans, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.

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

Special Notes:   
Successful candidates must pass a background check prior to hire.

Candidates must also meet medical and physical fitness standards. Complete details on requirements and testing procedures will be provided to candidates who are invited to interview.

All candidates must meet the requirements to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License within 6 months. In addition, certifications related to firefighting and equipment operation must be attained within one to five years.

Due to fire-line responsibilities, candidates hired into these positions must be able to respond within 30 minutes to the work station and travel independently. Work stations will be communicated later in the hiring process.

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:
  •  Training (with certificate of completion) or experience related to any type of fire
      suppression, including wildland, structural or prescribed fire
  •  Field experience performing field forestry practices, which may be gained
     through an academic training course or camp; internship; temporary summer employment;
     volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment.
  •  Experience operating heavy equipment; OR work experience or degree/diploma
     as a mechanic; OR Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  •  Wildland fire or prescribed fire qualification/certification
  •  Experience operating a tractor, dozer, skidsteer, logging equipment, backhoe, & excavator
  •  Work experience or degree/diploma in auto mechanics, small engine mechanics,
     diesel mechanics, or industrial mechanics; completion of a union apprenticeship program;
     or Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification
  •  Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
  •  Field experience performing a full array of field forestry practices, preferably gained
     through full-time/on-going employment
  •  Experience using maps and identifying legal descriptions
  •  Coursework related to forest management

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your training, 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 at least 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 19-02351

  • 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.

  • It is important to provide an accurate e-mail address when you create your Wisc.Jobs account. You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. This e-mail address will also be used when contacting you about possible interviews.

    Former state employees and current employees working for other state agencies who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

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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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