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Natural Resources, Department of

Dam Safety and Floodplain Section Chief - Career Executive 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-02539

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Dam Safety and Floodplain Section Chief

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $85,280 and $93,558 annually ($41.00 - $44.98 per hour). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. Current State employees applying as a transfer applicant will require DPM approval for pay on transfer increases. Please contact the HR Specialist for more information. This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 81-02. A two-year career executive trial period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, Human Resources Specialist - Senior, 608-266-0520,
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Deadline to Apply:
Previous deadline was Thursday, September 19
Assessment Information:
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The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Section Chief to administer the statewide Dam Safety and Floodplain programs, support emergency response activities, and serve as a technical expert. 

The Dam Safety and Floodplain Section Chief may be based at any DNR office statewide, on a space available basis, three (3) days a week and in Madison at Central Office two (2) days a week. This position may be required to report to Madison during emergencies, including off-hours.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community by participating in fundraisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   

This position administers and is accountable for the statewide dam safety and floodplain and floodplain mapping subprograms within the External Services Division’s Waterways Bureau. The chief supervises engineers and technical staff, approves floodplain technical analysis and plans, provides dam safety expertise during emergencies and must be a qualified engineer.

The chief oversees engineering standards and procedures to ensure statewide consistency of dam design plan review, construction, inspection and maintenance and emergency response. This position reviews complex hydrologic and hydraulic models and assures program staff have the specialized software, tools and equipment to safely and effectively do their work. The chief manages and develops program policy, coordinates stakeholder outreach and communications and establishes training and technical assistance. The chief supervises, coaches and mentors permanent and limited term staff. This position is an engaged member of the Waterways bureau management team, Compliance team and Habitat team. The chief oversees program performance and integration, serves on committees and advises department leaders on dam and floodplain administrative, policy and management issues. The chief provides engineering expert consultation services during flooding and dam emergencies, assists with organizing emergency response actions and is provides staffing at emergency operations centers.

This position will collaborate with landowners and communities to safeguard life, health, and property; protect and enhance diverse recreational opportunities, natural scenic beauty, water quality & quantity, and habitat in Wisconsin’s waterways, wetlands, shorelands, and floodplains; balance public and private rights and interests; ensure the public trust, enhance, protect, and promote the wise use of Wisconsin’s water resources; and create and maintain a purposeful, professional work environment for all staff.

The full position description can be found here.

Special Notes:   This position may be required to report to Madison during emergencies, including off-hours.

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check.  DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, 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. 

Qualifications:   Required qualifications include:
- Reviewing and approving engineering plans and specifications, which is supported by the attainment of a Professional Engineering license (i.e. current registration as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, or ability to attain within 6 months).
- Experience related to dam safety or floodplain management
- Facilitating a unified command response for emergencies

Preferred qualifications include:
- Emergency Preparedness and Response or comparable training or certifications
- Briefing elected officials, media, administration, or a unified command
- Delegating work or workplanning

It is 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 assessment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not meet the required qualifications or who do not clearly identify the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply:   Current state employees with Career Executive status should apply through Wisc.Jobs.

If you have not already done so, create an account by clicking the green “Log In” button at the top of the main Wisc.Jobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account, click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create your custom cover letter & resume for this recruitment. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Add the new documents to your account before applying. You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. We will also correspond via e-mail for assessment results and other steps in the selection process.

Your cover letter and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and cover letter and what should be included in these materials, click here.   

Qualified veterans with a 30%-or-more service-connected disability are eligible for non-competitive appointment to permanent positions in classified civil service under s. 230.275, WI Stats. For information on how to apply under this provision, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed above. Current State employees are not eligible for non-competitive appointment.

Current permanent classified state employees and former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through Wisc.Jobs.

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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