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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Contact: Gene R Hatzenbeler

Location: Spooner - DNR Fish Hatchery, 951 W MAPLE ST, Spooner, WI 54801

Telephone Number: (715) 635-4164

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

Duration: Job starts approximately April 25, 2021

Job Description:

LTE - Fisheries Technician

The DNR is hiring 2 LTE Fisheries Technicians to conduct open water creel surveys. One will be a full-time position (40 hours/week) and the other a half-time position (approximately 20 to 24 hours/week). The positions can be based in either Spooner, Barron or Hayward. The full-time position will primarily work on Lower Turtle Lake in Barron County. The half-time position will work on several lakes throughout northwest Wisconsin. These positions will independently or under general supervision perform creel clerk duties. This involves interviewing anglers, identifying and measuring fish caught, recording data, and collating and compiling the collected data.

These temporary positions will start with orientation and training on April 26, 2020. Regular duties will begin with the opening of fishing season on May 1. The position will work five days per week including all weekends and holidays and three randomly-scheduled weekdays. Shifts are 8 hours in length and will vary randomly between morning and evening each day. The successful candidate will report directly to the assigned lake and will be required to provide transportation. Actual miles driven or the equivalent mileage from the home station (whichever is less) will be reimbursed at the current state rate. Weekend hours get an additional $.60 per hour; evening hours after 6:00 pm get an additional $.45 per hour; holidays hours are paid at time and a half.

70% - Independently or under general supervision perform creel survey clerk duties and collect fish information on designated waters.
- Count all anglers on the designated waters at prescheduled times.
- Interview anglers.
- Measure, and identify fish caught.
- Record data per standard procedures.

20% - Compile and analyze data and prepare written documentation and/or reports.
- Proof, compile and file data sheets.
- Prepare written summary reports in a standardized format, based on data collected.

10% - Train and advise newer LTE Fisheries Technicians performing creel survey duties.

Knowledge Required:

Required Qualifications:
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public
- Able to operate and maintain a boat with an outboard
- Able and willing to work outdoors in inclement weather
- Able and willing to work a variable schedule (including all weekend and holiday days)
- Able to identify common Wisconsin fish species
- Abie to record required data accurately
- Able to work independently, be self-motivated and punctual
- Able to pass boat safety training by the start date
- Able to approach anglers where they commonly fish - this includes piers and breakwaters, rocky shorelines, open sand, cobble beaches, and along streams and rivers over uneven terrain.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Completed fisheries coursework in a higher education facility
- Experience either volunteering or working in fisheries
- Experience with data entry and analyses in Excel and Access.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2021

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to:

Gene R Hatzenbeler
810 W Maple Street
Spooner, WI 54801
RE: Job Code 14378

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.

**** 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.

The DNR is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Last revised: 4/20/2021