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Natural Resources, Department of

Forestry Researcher 

Job Announcement Code(s): 20-00503

Dane, Oneida
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Forestry Researcher

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $72,800 to $81,868 annually ($35.00/hour to $39.36/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 included in Pay Schedule/Range 15/03.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, , Julie.Jaksa@wisconsin.gov
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Assessment Information:
56063 -  023  NAT RES RESEARCH SCI-ADV (Forestry Researcher) 
Preview Assessment  

Science matters, especially when it comes to making good management decisions and policies regarding our natural resources. That's why we need knowledgeable and skilled scientists like you to join our team and work collaboratively on important natural resources issues.

The Division of Forestry currently has three positions, each with a different focus:

     •  Fire/Landscape Disturbance Researcher (based in either Madison or Rhinelander)
     •  Forest Management & Ecology Researcher (based in Rhinelander only)
     •  Forest Socio-Economic Researcher (based in either Madison or Rhinelander)

Initial interviews are tentatively planned for mid-March with a start date at the end of April.

Don't miss this great opportunity to strengthen the role of science and protect our natural resources. Apply now!

Position Summary:   
Forestry Researchers conduct and lead applied research on complex forest-related interactions, overseeing all phases of investigations and projects. Specific focus areas will change over time based on the needs of the Department. Current priorities for each position are, as follows:

Fire/Landscape Disturbance Researcher: analysis of: the efficacy of prescribed fire as a management tool including evaluation of seasonality and intensity of fire use and resulting impacts; prioritization of statewide prescribed fire use; the use of landscape-scale modeling of fire regimes and current wildfire risk/hazards; historic patterns of fire and disturbance in forested ecosystems and the relationship to current management tools and goals; the study of forest growth and development; and the effects of invasive plants/insects/pests/pathogens on forest composition and use of management tools.

Forest Management and Ecology Researcher : analysis of the efficacy of forest management and silviculture guidelines, barriers to regeneration (such as deer browse, competition, invasive plants and others), ash-replacement species guidance and adaptive forestry to create climate resilient forest systems.

Forest Socio-Economic Researcher: analysis of socio-economic factors impacting industrial and non-industrial forest management decision-making, evaluation of effective methods for communication to landowners and land managers on various forest management issues, assessment of economic/social trade-offs of forest management practices, evaluation of preferences, satisfaction, and impacts of multiple recreational demands within a managed forest landscape, and an analysis of sociologic factors influencing the ownership and objectives of small forest landowners in Wisconsin.

Please click the link for a complete position description for the Fire/Landscape Disturbance Researcher, Forest Management & Ecology Researcher, or Socio-Economic Researcher.

Special Notes:   
The selected candidate must meet the requirements for traveling and operating a State vehicle, including the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver's license.

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 the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:
  •  For all three positions: Professional experience conducting research, including study
     design, data acquisition, statistical analysis, and report preparation
  •  Only for Fire/Landscape Disturbance Researcher: Professional experience related to
     prescribed fire, forest fire, forest disturbance, dendrochronology, or climate change
  •  Only for Forest Management & Ecology Researcher: Professional experience related
     to forest management or forest ecology
  •  Only for Forest Socio-Economic Researcher: Professional experience in sociology
     or economics related to natural resources

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications, which are the same for all three positions:
  •  Experience leading complex research projects that either include multiple investigators
     (non-advisory) or are multidisciplinary in nature
  •  Experience applying related scientific expertise to inform management decisions or
     create policy
  •  Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree or PhD related to the job

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

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