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Natural Resources, Department of

Large Carnivore Specialist 

Job Announcement Code(s): 20-00533

Dane, Oneida, Price, Washburn
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  Job Working Title:
    Large Carnivore Specialist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $72,800 and $81,868 annually ($35.00- $39.36 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 15-03. A 12-month probationary period may be required.
Rebecca Rupnow, Human Resources Specialist Senior, 608-261-6447, Rebecca.Rupnow@wisconsin.gov
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Deadline to Apply:
All applications must be complete and finalized by11:59 pm CST on the deadline date.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Carnivore Specialist in the Wildlife Biologist - Advanced classification within our Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Division.  The work station for the Carnivore Specialist is Rhinelander (Onieda county), Madison (Dane county), Park Falls (Price county), or Spooner (Washburn county).

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 fund raisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   The Large Carnivore Specialist will provide statewide leadership, oversight, direction, and management of the wolf, bear, and cougar programs in Wisconsin. This position develops wolf, bear, and cougar management policies and represents the department in presentations of these policies to administrators, the natural resources board, legislators, conservation organizations, and the public. The full position description for the can be found here.

Special Notes:   Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check. The 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, and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.


Applicants must describe education, training, and/ or experience in the following Required Qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:

1. Wildlife conservation and management or large carnivores, highlighting experience with wolf, bear, and cougars
2. Wildlife population survey techniques and methodologies

In addition to the Required Qualifications, Preferred Qualifications include:

1. Experience presenting technical information to non-technical audiences
2. Experience with hunting and trapping techniques
3. Experience with harvest season management and implementation

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 Wisc.Jobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:
-Log in and view Job Announcement: 2000533
-Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to customize your job narrative cover letter & resume to the qualifications of this position
-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 job narrative cover letter and resume when prompted
-Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows
-Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application
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 potentially interviews.

Current permanent classified state employees outside of the DNR or former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion, or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

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. 

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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