Aquatic Invasive Species Specialists

  • Full-Time
  • Wisconsin
  • Application deadline: 2021-09-01

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Environmental Management is recruiting to fill three Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist positions. Two positions are project positions and one is permanent. The permanent position will be located in Fitchburg.

The project positions will be located in one of the following locations: Baldwin, Black River Falls, Eau Claire, Plymouth, or Spooner. The Project positions will be expected to end in September 2022. There is a possibility they will be extended beyond that date but not guaranteed. Project positions are eligible for benefits including health insurance, but the incumbent does not attain permanent civil service status.

State of Wisconsin benefits include excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote wellness.

We offer a team-orientated atmosphere and a focus on work-life balance, flexible working schedules for most positions, and the ability to flex hours with supervisor approval.

The DNR excels at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry. Click here to see what working for the State of Wisconsin is all about.

The successful candidate may have the opportunity to work remotely for up to two days per week. A laptop will be provided; however, a high-speed internet connection will be essential for the position.

Position Summary

This position will lead delivery of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program and will implement strategies designed to reduce the movement of AIS through pathways into and among assigned territory as identified in the Department’s AIS Management Plan. This position will also participate and lead AIS monitoring and response actions in lakes, streams and wetlands based upon program needs and the discovery of regulated species. This position will develop guidance and provide complex technical assistance to other DNR staff and partners for the prevention, containment and control of aquatic invasive species and the administration of NR 40 Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control.

Please review the full position descriptions for full time here and for project here

Salary Information

Starting pay for the senior level is $50,606 to $68,161 annually ($24.33 – $32.77 per hour).

Pay on appointment for current state employees is based on the State Compensation Plan; therefore, current state employees applying as a transfer applicant will require additional approvals for a pay increase.

This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03. A 12-month probation period may be required.

Job Details

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check. 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.


Please describe the below qualifications in your resume and/or letter of qualifications to be considered:

Minimally qualified candidates will have

  • Project management experience (e.g., planning, scheduling, team coordination, partnership-building, evaluation, etc.)
  • Data collection and field monitoring experience
  • Experience using and maintaining boats (e.g., driving, launching, trailering) and other field
  • gear used for collecting data and evaluating natural resources

Well-qualified candidates will have

  • Water resources or aquatic biology project management and/or data collection/field monitoring experience
  • Experience facilitating public meetings
  • Experience with Wisconsin aquatic invasive species, water resources laws, NR 40, and/or monitoring methods
  • Experience with AIS monitoring, AIS grants, AIS response actions and/or Aquatic Plant
  • Management

How To Apply

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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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