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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Contact: Ellen J. Barth

Location: Oshkosh Service Center, 625 E County Road Y, Suite 700, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Telephone Number: (920) 424-4003

Hourly Rate: Between $12.00 - $12.50 per hour depending on experience and training.

Duration: Job starts approximately April 1, 2018

Job Description: Grassland Wildlife Technician - LTE

This position's focus will be on the restoration of prairie grasslands on public and private lands in Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties.

40% Maintain and operate equipment (skid steers, tractors, trucks, trailers, chain saws, sprayers, ATV/UTV's, pumps, small motors) to conduct habitat management activities, including planting and maintenance mowing. Mowing fire breaks and participation in prescribe burning; herbicide application and chainsaw work to clear brush.

20% Negotiating and implementing sharecropping; maintaining public use facilities and directing volunteer groups.

20% Property posting; maintaining records, data entry into a land management GIS program; assisting easement holders with wildlife management questions and habitat improvement projects.

15% Assist with fence line removal projects.

5% Assist with wildlife surveys including goose and duck banding

Knowledge Required:

Required Qualifications:
- A working knowledge of grassland ecosystems and habitat management techniques; wildlife and plant surveys, habitat, building and general lands maintenance techniques, wildlife and grassland plant identification skills. Invasive species identification and control methods (mechanical and chemical).
- Ability to communicate with hunting community, farm operators, contractors, conservation groups, and other conservation agency staff on a practical level.
- Knowledge of federal and local conservation agency grassland programs.
- Ability to use multiple media sources to educate the public on wetland habitat management for public and private lands.
- Knowledge of basic soil and farmland conservation practices.
- Knowledge of wetland permitting, berm/scrape placement and construction and experience with water level manipulation.
- Ability to safely operate and maintain land surveying equipment, chainsaws, hand tools, tractors, seeders, motorized boats, and ATV/UTV's.
- Applicants must possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License and be Wisconsin residents at the time of appointment.
-Prescribed fire qualifications of FFT-2 required (I-100/S-130/S-190).
- Successful candidate will be required to pass moderate level pack test (walking two miles, with a 25-pound pack in 30 minutes) within two weeks of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Ability to read and use plat and soil maps and aerial photos and computer background including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, GPS and GIS (ArcMap) software.
- Possess organizational skills and ability to work independently, be a team player, self-motivated, and to work with a wide range of people and attitudes.
-Knowledge and experience with operation and maintenance of power tools, ATV, UTV, pesticide applicator license, and chainsaws.

This position is for up to 1039 hours, (approximately six months in duration). However, the preferred candidate will also successfully compete for the Wetland Wildlife Technician position currently being advertised (Job ID 11809). If hired into both positions, the employee could be hired into both positions and work 40 hours a week, 20 hours in each position for a full year. If interested, apply for both positions!

Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and references to:

Ellen J. Barth
625 E County Road Y, Suite 700
Oshkosh, WI 54901
RE: Job Code 11810

Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information:

**** Due to the nature of this position the Department of Natural Resources will conduct a comprehensive criminal background check on applicants prior to selection. Pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.

Last revised: 1/22/2019