LTE – Forestry Technician-Advanced

Wisconsin DNR

  • LTE/Temporary
  • Rhinelander, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-05

The Wisconsin DNR is hiring to fill a LTE – Forestry Technician-Advanced position based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Work location is flexible as travel throughout the state is required. This position will have an anticipated start date of May 23, 2022.

Position Summary

This position will work on a wide variety of forestry 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: an assisted migration study in collaboration with the USFS to determine viable climate change mitigation techniques, a study to test methods for enhancing old-growth characteristics to northern-hardwood forests, 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, 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. This position is based out of the Wisconsin DNR Forestry Headquarters in Rhinelander but will require extensive travel across Wisconsin. The selected candidate must be able to drive a state vehicle. Candidates with three (3) or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents in the past two (2) years, or who have an OWI/DUI violation within the past year are barred from driving state vehicles.

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
  • Deer browse assessments
  • Seed collection

10% – Administrative Tasks

  • Data entry and management
  • Equipment maintenance

Job Details

This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. LTE positions do not automatically lead to permanent state employment or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees; however, 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 per position within a twelve-month period.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire. The 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.

Minimum 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)
  • Data entry and management
  • Detail orientated
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet state requirements for driving a vehicle

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