Wisconsin State Government Forestry Regional Leadership (Multiple Positions) in Statewide, Wisconsin

The Department of Natural Resources excels at protecting and managing Wisconsin’s natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of the citizenry. Within DNR, the Division of Forestry works in partnership to administer programs that protect and sustain our forested lands throughout the state, combining technical and financial assistance, planning, research, technology, education, and policy to help meet the many demands on the forest both today and for many years to come.

To help achieve our mission, we are seeking well-qualified people to fill Forestry leadership positions statewide. If you're looking for a challenging yet rewarding position in a collaborative, team-oriented organization, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The results of this recruitment will be used to fill _both current and future positions_ for at least the next six months. Don't miss this opportunity to become part of the Forestry leadership team!

Current vacancies are stationed in the following locations, subject to space availability:

Area Forestry Leader Position

  • Woodruff Area: Located in either Eagle River, Rhinelander, Trout Lake, Woodruff, Willow, Medford, Merrill, Tomahawk, or Wausau

Forestry Team Leader Positions

  • Fitchburg Team: Located in either Fitchburg, Wisconsin Dells, Poynette or Horicon

  • La Crosse Team: Located in either Tomah or Necedah

  • Wisconsin Rapids Team: Located in either Wisconsin Rapids or Plover Position Summary: The Area Forestry Leader is responsible for the implementation & oversight of the Division’s integrated programs, and for integration with other DNR programs that exist within the designated geographic area. The position typically supervises multiple Forestry Team Leaders across a broad geographic area that includes multiple counties. The Area Forestry Leader is responsible for developing & maintaining healthy partnerships. Area Forestry Leaders are responsible for directing all aspects of the forest fire program & are accountable for fire readiness and fire suppression.

The Forestry Team Leader is responsible for the first-line supervision & management of the Division’s integrated programs for the assigned geographic area. The position reports to the Area Forestry Leader & supervises foresters and forestry technicians performing the full range of forestry work. The position is responsible for developing & maintaining healthy partnerships. The position also has forest fire management responsibilities.

Complete position descriptions are available upon request.

Special Notes:

Most Area Forestry Leaders and Forestry Team Leaders are granted Protective status as a result of their duties in active fire suppression. These duties require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. Therefore, successful candidates are required to meet and maintain the physical fitness test standards defined for all DNR Protective-status positions.

Successful candidates must be able to obtain and maintain Forest Ranger law enforcement credentials within 18 months of hire by attending on-the-job training and becoming certified.

Successful candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver's license and meet the requirements to operate a state vehicle.


Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:

  • Forestry experience related to both forest fire management and forest land management

  • Leadership experience, as specified on Instructions page

  • Only for Area Forestry Leader: Qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) for wildland incidents; OR, Qualified as Task Force Leader (TFLD) with experience managing either prescribed fire or wildland fire incidents

  • Only for Area Forestry Leader: Experience officially supervising professional and technical staff, including improving employee performance

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Integrated forestry experience in fire management, public lands management and private lands management

  • Forestry program management experience, as specified on Instructions page

  • Only for Area Forestry Leader: Experience officially supervising other supervisors

  • Only for Area Forestry Leader: Experience maintaining and improving external partnerships with governmental organizations or private entities

It’s 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 judgment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not possess at least the minimum 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 17-02039

  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create your cover letter & resume specifically for 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 cover letter and resume when indicated

  • Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows

  • Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application

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 exam 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 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources operates under an Affirmative Action Plan and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees.

County(ies): *Statewide

Type of Employment: Full Time (40 hrs/week)

Salary: Starting pay is $25.00 to $37.00 per hour ($52,000 to $76,960 annually). Pay for current & former state employees may vary based on provisions in the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan. These positions include an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, & retirement benefits (including supplemental retirement for Protective status). These positions are non-represented and included in Pay Schedule/Range 81-03. A one-year probationary period may be required.

Contact: Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist Senior, 608-266-0520, Julie.Jaksa@wisconsin.gov

Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented

Area of Competition: Open

Deadline to Apply: 8/27/2017

Assessment Information: 56020 - 017 Forestry Team Leader & Area Forestry Leader Preview Assessment


Job Working Title: Forestry Team LeaderArea Forestry Leader