Natural Resource Educator

  • LTE
  • Poynette, WI
  • Application deadline: 2021-03-25

Wisconsin DNR MacKenzie Center

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring multiple seasonal LTE positions at the MacKenzie Center, located in Poynette, WI. The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. Located on a 285-acre property near Poynette in Columbia County, the MacKenzie Center has interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups. The MacKenzie Center is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world.

The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on a commitment to ensuring that all can enjoy the beauty and many recreational opportunities offered by our incredible state parks, forests and trails.Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work!

This is a great opportunity for those looking for summer work or to start their careers in Natural Resources! These positions often start in the early spring/summer and work through the late summer/fall, with some flexibility depending on the candidate’s availability and the needs of the state property.

Position Summary: The Bureau of Parks and Recreation is hiring the following positions for the 2021 season:

Facilities Repair Workers ($11.00 to $14.26 per hour) perform a combination of general maintenance and repair work to various building types and equipment; including but not limited to park buildings, electrical, plumbing, power tools and vehicles.

Parks and Recreation Specialists ($12.00 to $18.69 per hour) are often responsible for a combination of outdoor maintenance/groundskeeping work in addition to providing customer service for property visitors/campers at the entrance station. Parks and Recreation Specialists often operate machinery such as UTV’s, ATV’s, chainsaws, snowmobiles, hand tools, power tools, mowers, tractors and other motorized vehicles.

Natural Resources Educators ($12.50 to $18.69 per hour) 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.

Special Notes: These are limited term (LTE) positions. Limited term positions do not automatically lead to hire as or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employment, but 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 within a twelve-month period. In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

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. 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.


The following are Required Qualifications for ALL positions:

– Ability to work independently, be self-motivated and punctual

– Ability to work a modified schedule including nights, weekends and holidays

– Ability to communicate effectively, professionally and respectfully with co-workers and the public

Preferred Qualifications (dependent upon position):

– Well-qualified applicants for the Facilities Repair Worker positions should have knowledge, skills and experience with general maintenance operations as well as building/facility repairs and maintenance.

– Well-qualified applicants for the Parks and Recreation Specialist positions should have customer service and cash-handling experience, along with knowledge, skills and experience with general maintenance operations.

– Well-qualified applicants for the Natural Resources Educator positions should possess vast knowledge of Wisconsin’s Natural Resources including the state’s recreation opportunities, environment, flora and fauna.

How To Apply:

Please email (or mail) your Resume and Cover Letter to:

Aaron Loenhorst
MacKenzie Center
W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette, WI 53955

Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview

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