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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Contact: Sarah G Jarosz

Location: DNR Science Operations Center, 2801 Progress Road, Madison, WI 53716

Telephone Number: (608) 266-3033

Hourly Rate: Between $17.00 - $18.00 per hour depending on experience and training.

Duration: Job starts approximately May 26, 2019

Job Description: Wetland Field Ecologist/Botanist - LTE

This position will collaborate and work with other wetland field ecologists and botanists to complete floristic quality assessments and other wetland ecology-based assessments throughout Wisconsin as part of ongoing wetland monitoring and assessment and applied research projects with the WDNR Water Quality Bureau. In addition, selected candidates will be responsible for assisting in data entry, data management, statistical and/or spatial analyses, and technical report writing- based both on the candidate's skills upon hire and skills developed through experience gained through the position.

70% A. Conduct floristic quality and wetland ecology assessment surveys
A1. Utilize GPS and other tools to navigate to potential survey sites across the state.
A2. Conduct botanical surveys using timed-meander methodology and other department wetland ecological survey methods while following Department safety protocols.
A3. Gather field data in an efficient, consistent, and complete manner.
A4. Assure completeness and accuracy of field notes and proper completion of survey protocols.
A5. Participate in all aspects of implementation of multiple wetland monitoring and assessment and/or applied research projects.

15% B. Assist with data entry and quality control of the field data entered into the project database
B1. Enter field data into databases and assist in creation of databases, as needed.
B2. Conduct basic analyses and summarization of field data.
B3. Conduct QA/QC checks on entered data.

10% C. Assist in writing grant reports, technical reports, and other data analysis efforts.
C1. Assist in periodic reporting of field work and data findings.
C2. Contribute to preparation and authorship of technical and/or grant reports.

5% D. Other duties as assigned
D1. Participate in job related training.
D2. Prepare forms and reports for personnel and budget accounting, as necessary.
D3. Other duties, as necessary.

Knowledge Required:

Minimum Qualifications:
1) Experience or training in field vegetation sampling and analysis methodologies.
2) Experience in vascular plant species identification, preferably in wetlands or similar settings.
3) Ability to conduct remote field work in a team or independent setting.
4) Understanding of the principles of wetland ecology, landscape ecology, and hydrology.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) Experience with the Wisconsin Timed Meander Survey Methodology and other field surveys in wetland settings.
2) Post-graduate experience or training in conducting statistical analyses on ecological data (e.g. R, SAS, Sigmaplot/Sigmastat, etc.).
3) Post-graduate experience in technical writing, especially using the scientific method.
4) Knowledge or experience in use of GPS and ArcGIS (or comparable) systems including experience reviewing and interpreting aerial imagery and related geospatial data and conducting remote mapping or similar GIS methods.
5) Knowledge or experience in areas of soil science, wetland hydrology, wetland fauna, or other areas of wetland and aquatic ecosystem ecology.

Application Deadline: April 22, 2019

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

Sarah G Jarosz
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
RE: Job Code 13133

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: 2/19/2020