Land Resources Manager

Marathon County

Marathon County Conservation Planning and Zoning (CPZ) Department’s mission is to protect our community’s land and environment. We believe that the economic strength and vitality of our community is dependent on the quality of our resources. We work toward our mission using leadership, accountability, community engagement, and collaboration to promote thoughtful and deliberate use of resources and innovative solutions. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by

  • Ensuring public safety
  • Protecting natural resources
  • Preparing for emergency and disaster responses
  • Protecting vulnerable populations
  • Creating and maintaining a high-quality infrastructure for transportation
  • Providing education and fostering economic development
  • Using process improvement techniques to improve public services

Marathon County employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and a range of excellent benefits, including:

  • Pay for performance system
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Wisconsin Retirement System defined benefit plan
  • Post-employment health plan
  • Income continuation insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO plan) and paid holiday time off
  • 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Flexible spending account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Educational reimbursement program
  • Employee recognition programs and a positive workplace culture

Marathon County offers over 1,500 square miles of natural beauty set in the Wisconsin River Valley. Wausau, the County seat, was recently ranked by Business Insider on a list of the 30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic. The area offers many big city amenities and small-town hospitality, with great access to the north woods, numerous lakes and rivers, and year-round recreation opportunities.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to lead and direct the operations of the zoning (comprehensive zoning, shoreland, wetland, and floodplain, etc.) mining, and private onsite wastewater treatment systems (POWTS) programs, with the desired outcome of citizen compliance with these regulations. This includes developing strategies to protect our community’s land and environment to achieve the goals of the County’s Comprehensive and Strategic plans. These strategies shall focus on the protection of land and water resources; balance sustainable land use with economic opportunities, promote community health and safety, protect public infrastructure and minimize land use conflicts.
The Land Resources Manager sets the tone in establishing messaging, engaging citizens, and developing processes to work with program applicants to achieve the aforementioned plans and goals.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Land-use Planning, Natural Resources or a related field, and a minimum of 3 years of experience in land resource programs or a related field; including but not limited to zoning and planning, with administration of a wide variety of land use regulations, personnel management, and code development OR any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Prior supervisory experience preferred.
NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets County standards or ability to obtain reliable transportation.

The full position description, including examples of work performed and desired knowledge, skills, and abilities can be found here.

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