Forestry Specialist (Tax Law)


The Tax Law Forestry Specialist provides field administration, coordination and enforcement of the forest tax laws in collaboration with the Tax Law Team Leaders and other Tax Law positions. The Tax Law Forestry Specialist is a key internal and external consultant for staff, leadership, interdivisional teams, and partner groups. An important focus of the Tax Law Forestry Specialists is to work with new landowners to enroll them into the Tax Law program for the first time.

The Tax Law Forestry Specialist maintains cutting-edge knowledge and expertise in the forest tax laws and silviculture by staying abreast of current research and maintaining an effective professional network.

Salary Information

  • Starting pay is $60,320 to $66,560 annually ($29.00/hour to $32.00/hour). Pay for current state employees may vary based on the State of WI Compensation Plan, which requires additional DPM approval to offer a pay increase to transfer candidates.
  • This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits.
  • This position is included in Pay Schedule/Range 15/03. A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Job Details

  • IMPORTANT! This position requires the selected candidate to become certified as a Tree Farm Inspector within one year of hire. Please click here to review the specific eligibility requirements established by the American Tree Farm System.
  • The selected candidate must meet the requirements for traveling and operating a State vehicle, including the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check prior to an offer of employment.
  • DNR does not sponsor work visas. 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.


Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:

  • Work experience applying the principles of silviculture to develop and implement sustainable forest management plans
  • Forest tax law experience*, including independently completing at least one the following:
    • Written a managed forest law (MFL) plan
    • Submitted a MFL cutting notice or MFL cutting report
    • Prepared a MFL Transfer of Ownership Form
    • Prepared MFL maps

*NOTE: Similar private-landowner forestry programs in other states may be substituted.

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Broad, in-depth experience related to forest tax law
  • Certified Plan Writer (CPW) designation
  • Experience administering tax law timber sales contracts, such as tree planting, site preparation, invasive species, or timber site improvement
  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry (or higher-level degree) from a four-year program accredited by the Society of American Foresters –OR– Bachelor’s degree in natural resources with passing coursework (as part of either a bachelor’s or master’s program) in Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Ecology, and Forest Mensuration –OR– Current certification as a Certified Forester from the Society of American Foresters
  • Current certification as a Tree Farm Inspector

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your education and experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate judgment regarding your qualifications. When possible, use specific examples to clearly demonstrate the extent of your expertise. Applicants who do not possess or clearly identify the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.


Please Follow the Instructions Carefully

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during the evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. It’s critically important that you clearly address the stated required and preferred qualifications in your application materials. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications, click here.

Although there are no page limits, it is recommended that your resume and letter of qualifications be limited to two pages each. Please do not include references in your application materials. Finalists will be contacted by e-mail to provide this information after the initial interview.

Your application materials will be evaluated by job experts based on pre-determined criteria. The best-qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Please monitor your e-mail account (including the Junk folder) for updates to the assessment process.

Current State employees must apply through STAR Employee Self Service (ESS). Former State employees must apply through Wisc.Jobs.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Julie Jaksa. For help with technical issues, please contact the Wisc.Jobs Help Desk or (608) 267-1012.

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