Natural Resources Educator

MacKenzie Center - WI DNR

  • LTE/Temporary
  • Poynette, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-06-20

We are dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

The Wisconsin DNR is hiring an LTE – Natural Resources Educator and LTE – Wildlife Technician located at our MacKenzie State Game Farm in Poynette, Wisconsin.

This dual LTE appointment is comprised of two 20-hour positions for an expected work schedule of 40 hours per week, year-round. The intention is to hire one candidate on both positions. See below for more information on the positions.

Position Summary

Position 1, Natural Resources Educator

These positions provide on-site educational programs and activities to organized school, social, and other groups as well as the general public visiting the property. This includes developing and distributing publications, signage and other materials. In addition this position will assist with outreach, promotion, and public relations for the property.

  • 55% – Under direction of the property manager, provide on-site educational programs and activities to organized school, social, and other groups as well as the general public visiting the property. Perform necessary clerical, custodial, and administrative functions to support education programs and other functional efforts of the park.
  • 30% – Development, distribute, and place publications, signage, and other materials to facilitate nonpersonal interpretive activities at the property. Work with other staff to develop, place, and monitor signage for hiking and interpretive trails, static display areas, ponds, arboretums, and other education points at the property.
  • 15% – Assist with outreach, promotion, and public relations for the property. Assist property manager and park staff in the development and hosting of special events.

Position 2, Wildlife Technician

The Wildlife Technician is primarily responsible for managing the animal care and husbandry operations at the Mackenzie Center. This position must coordinate with the animal care team and be familiar with the best practices in animal welfare, observation, feeding, training, behavior, capture, and restraint. Additionally, this position will perform duties including creating dietary schedules, implementing daily enrichment, exhibit cleaning and maintenance, and basic horticulture work. This position will assist in restraining, crating, moving and unloading animals and assist veterinarian staff during examinations, treatments, prescribed medical procedures and emergencies. This position also assists in leading the Wildlife Technician Internship Program, and is expected to train and guide others to perform safe and appropriate husbandry techniques.

  • 60% – Wildlife caretaking of captive small mammals, canines, felines, ungulates, and raptors. Duties to include animal monitoring, feed ordering and preparing, feeding, watering, enrichment development and implementation, maintenance , and sanitation of enclosures, and enclosure equipment, and handling of animals for veterinary purposes only.
  • 20% – Inspect and maintain wildlife exhibits and property facilities and grounds. Ensure public safety by minimizing the possibility of physical contact between humans and captive animals. Ensure animal safety through regular maintenance and development of the facilities.
  • 20% – Assist with other property programs to meet operational needs. Perform other duties as assigned.

Salary Information

Between $14.00 – $16.00 per hour depending on experience and training.

Job Details

This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. LTE positions do not automatically lead to permanent state employment or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees; however, these positions do offer valuable work experience and an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities with the Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin.

LTE employees are limited to working 1039 hours per position within a 12-month period.

In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.

The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID. Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus – COVID-19 ( for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change. The Department of Natural Resources conducts criminal background checks on final applicants before they can be offered a position. Please note that a criminal charge or conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from state employment. 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 does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon 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.



  • Experience teaching or speaking with large groups of people from a range of backgrounds, especially school-aged students
  • Experience or knowledge of Environmental and/or Experiential Education concepts.
  • Familiarity with ecology and natural history in Wisconsin. Coursework in natural history or education preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work weekends , holidays, and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain organized records, and work with other staff members
  • Vast knowledge of Wisconsin’s Natural Resources including the state’s recreation opportunities , environment and wildlife


  • Possess a practical understanding of animal behavior principles and the ability to work safely with a wide variety of animals.
  • Knowledge and experience in captive animal care taking, and facilities and grounds maintenance and repair.
  • Have experience working in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) or similarly accredited facility
  • Strong background in animal health, dietary needs, enrichment, and animal training.
  • Strong background in equipment use and facilities maintenance

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