Wisconsin - Foresters/Forest Technicians

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hiring foresters and forestry technicians

Turn your passion for forestry into your life’s work by becoming a part of a nationally recognized forestry program. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry is seeking foresters and forestry technicians for various statewide locations.  

The forester positions reflect different combinations of duties that are based on forest type and fire risk landscapes.  Duties encompass the following four integrated program areas: state lands management, private lands management, county forests management, and fire management.  Foresters provide a wide range of services that include; developing, administering, and evaluating forest management programs for county, state, and private forestlands; establishing and administering timber sales on department-managed forestlands; performing fire preparedness, suppression, prevention, and training.  As a matter of routine, foresters work cooperatively with other department programs, co-operating foresters, state, county, and federal agencies.

Candidates are required to have a four-year SAF accredited degree in forestry (or equivalent as determined by the Chief State Forester).  Starting salary for foresters is between $22.47 and $27.00 hour, depending on qualifications, plus a comprehensive benefits package. An 18 month probationary period is required. 

A required application and assessment is posted at http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=95387&jobid=94901&org=370&class=55132&index=true

The Division of Forestry is also seeking several service oriented forestry technicians to fill vacancies around the state.  Duties encompass the following four integrated program areas: public lands management, private lands management, county forests management, and fire management.  Forestry technicians provide a wide range of services that include: prepare timber sales, prepare and recommend reforestation plans; control insect and disease attacks; perform fire preparedness, suppression, prevention, and training; operate and maintain fire control heavy equipment.  Starting salary for a forestry technician is $16.61 per hour plus an excellent benefits package.  A 12 month probationary period is required. 

A required application and assessment is posted at http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=95477&jobid=94991&org=370&class=90770&index=true

The application deadline is Thursday, July 26, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. for the forester and for the forestry technician positions.  Applicants that pass the exam will be contacted and invited for a brief phone interview, the week of August 20th.  The candidates who best meet our qualifications after the phone interviews will be contacted the week of September 4th to schedule a face to face interview.  In-person interviews are conducted as part of an assessment center which will be held the week of September 17th, 2018 in Wisconsin.  The anticipated start date for employment will be November 12, 2018. 

Qualifications: Forester and forestry technician candidates must meet medical and physical fitness standards, possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, meet requirements to operate a state vehicle, and travel independently and on a timely basis.  Some candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) within the first 6 months of employment, or Forestry Law Enforcement credentials within the first 18 months. Complete details on medical and physical fitness requirements and testing procedures will be sent to candidates that are invited to interviews. Positions with fireline responsibilities require that job holders meet and maintain annually the physical requirements of this position as a condition of employment.  Some positions with fireline responsibilities are required to respond, when directed, within 30 minutes to the work station for emergency situations.

The ideal candidates for the forester positions will have effective communication skills, excellent customer service skills, effective decision making, and strong leadership skills in dealing with colleagues, partners, customers, and the general public.  We are looking for people with a drive for success and a desire to make a lasting contribution to their community. 

Forestry technician candidates will possess a combination of technical and interpersonal skills. These positions require knowledge with applied forestry management techniques and practices including: forestry data collection, tree and site identification, forest regeneration assessment, forest aesthetics, silvics, and pest identification and control procedures.  Knowledge of basic forest fire management and suppression skills including: map reading, legal descriptions, safety procedures, suppression tools and use.  Techniques and skills needed to conduct maintenance on fire suppression equipment and facilities, and radio communication, equipment, and generally accepted procedures.  These positions also require effective communication skills, excellent customer service, effective decision making, and strong leadership skills in dealing with colleagues, partners, customers and the general public through individual correspondence, one-on-one meetings, and group presentations.

Join the many men and women dedicated to the protection and sustainable management of Wisconsin’s forests.  Learn more about the Wisconsin DNR forestry programs here:  https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestry.html

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.