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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Contact: Susan Graham

Location: Fitchburg Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Telephone Number: (608) 275-3329

Hourly Rate: $15.000 per hour.

Duration: Job starts approximately May 13, 2018

Job Description: Water Resources Management Specialist - LTE

Under the direction of the South District Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, assist with monitoring, inspections, and education to slow and prevent the spread of AIS. Assist with management, monitoring, planning, and education to protect and restore water quality and habitat in South District lakes. Assist with outreach and education of decontamination guidelines for resource professionals, contractors, utilities, and recreational users. Assist with locating and mapping stands of exotic Phragmites.

60% Coordinate and implement the Watercraft Inspection Program:
* Conduct watercraft inspections at fishing tournaments and public access sites.
* Coordinate inspections through contacts with local units of government.
* Provide information and education materials to recreational boaters and anglers regarding transport of invasive species.
* Conduct presentations at fishing tournaments and boating regattas.
* Inspect boats.
* Help coordinate inspections through local units of government.

20% Conduct monitoring of surface waters for any and all aquatic exotics:
* Conduct all zebra mussel monitoring on area lakes.
* Collect EWM and native milfoil on 30-40 lakes. Send samples in for DNA analysis.
* Assist with EWM monitoring on Southern District lakes.
* Assist with rusty crayfish and purple loosestrife monitoring.
* Respond to public complaints regarding invasive species.
* Maintain the SWIMS database, which provides up to date information on distribution.
* Preserve exotics collected in the field (i.e. field preservation, pressing, laminating).
* Organize and train volunteers to monitor for invasive species.
* Assist with the Long-Term Trend Lake monitoring program.

20% Provide information and education materials about the invasive species program:
* Present materials at Lake Association meetings and youth groups.
* Develop exotic species displays.
* Write public service announcements.
* Print publications and brochures.

Knowledge Required:

Required Qualifications:
- Self-motivated, ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Good personal communication, writing, and organizational skills, capable of multitasking.
- Have a good working knowledge of aquatic ecology and the impact of aquatic invasive species on lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands.
- Must have motorboat operation and trailering experience.
- Must be able to perform physical labor, including bending and twisting and to work in inclement weather.
- Possession of a valid driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
- Experience using SWIMS database.
- Ability to identify Wisconsin aquatic plants.

***NOTE*** This position is for 20 hours/week. We plan to hire one person to fill both this position and the Water Resources Management Specialist position (Job ID 12035) which is also for 20 hours/week. Therefore, the successful applicant will work full time. If interested, please indicate in your cover letter that you are interested in only one or in both. If you are interested in both, then you only need to submit one set of materials.

Application Deadline: March 20, 2018

To Apply: Submit Form 9100-162 LTE Application (hard copy also available at most DNR offices) , resume, cover letter and references to:

Susan Graham
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
RE: Job Code 12036

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

Additional Information:

Interviews will be conducted on a day during the week of March 26th.

**** 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: 12/13/2018