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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Title: LTE - PLANT PEST AND DISEASE SPEC

Contact: Kyoko Scanlon

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

Telephone Number: (608) 235-7532

Hourly Rate: $15.500 per hour.

Duration: Job starts approximately May 26, 2019

Job Description: Forest Health Lab Assistant - LTE

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Plant Pest and Disease Specialist to join our Forest Health Team! This team strives to ensure forests remain healthy and protected throughout Wisconsin. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work!

The Forest Health Lab Assistant works closely with the State Forest Pathologist and Forest Health Team to diagnose pathogens from submitted samples. This position also helps conduct field surveys and assists with lab management and administrative tasks.

Knowledge Required:

Applicants must have general knowledge of forest pathology, a basic understanding of culture work, molecular diagnostics, a desire and interest in learning forest health issues, and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Paint, Access). Ability to work in a team setting as well as independently, and work in outdoor conditions, sometimes adverse. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, agency partners and public.

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license in order to operate a state vehicle. This position requires the ability to travel up to 300 miles daily. Preferred work hours are 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F (40 hours/week).

Preferred knowledge/skills include course work/work experience in: culture work, molecular diagnostic techniques, examining lab samples through microscopes, diagnosing forest pest problems, and identifying insects.


Application Deadline: March 12, 2019

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

Kyoko Scanlon
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
RE: Job Code 12974

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

Additional Information:

In order to be appointed to this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin. Non-residents may apply, but must meet residency requirements upon hire.

**** 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: 9/18/2019