LTE – Natural Resources Research Technician

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

This position will work on a wide variety of forestry research projects within the Division of Forestry, Forest Ecology and Economics section. Current projects are diverse and highly collaborative, focusing on research and application of science to forest ecology and management, which will provide the successful applicant many opportunities to grow and develop a varied skillset. Research within the section could include, but is not limited to: a study of changes in amphibian use of ephemeral ponds in response to forest management, an assisted migration study in collaboration with the USFS to determine viable climate change mitigation techniques, a study of deer impacts on forest regeneration, and a collaborative study to determine the effects of mycorrhizal associations on forest health and small mammal communities. Work could include forest assessments, tree and plant species identification, study plot establishment, small mammal trapping, amphibian surveys, deer browse assessments, and tree seed collection. The successful applicant should be in good physical condition, able to handle daily hiking with gear in a variety of conditions. The position will be based out of the Wisconsin DNR Forestry Headquarters in Rhinelander but will require extensive travel across Wisconsin.

90% – Field Observations and Tasks
– Forest understory and overstory assessments
– Data logger deployment and maintenance
– Long term project infrastructure maintenance
– Long term project establishment
– Small mammal surveys
– Amphibian surveys
– Deer browse assessments
– Seed collection

10% – Administrative Tasks
– Data entry and management
– Equipment maintenance

Knowledge Required:

Required Qualifications:
– Education and/or experience in Wisconsin tree and shrub identification
– Ability to navigate using a GPS, map and compass
– Experience using Microsoft Office products (Excel, Outlook, Access and Word)
– Experience with data entry and data management
– Excellent attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience in chain saw use
– Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
– Ability to work independently as well as on a team

Application Deadline: March 25, 2021

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to:

Andrew M Stoltman
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
RE: Job Code 14429

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.

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