Local recruitment: Watershed Restoration Coordinator (Project Position)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Eau Claire, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Spooner, WI, USA 🇺🇸


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) excels at protecting and managing Wisconsin’s natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of the citizenry. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air, and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities. You can play an important role in improving water quality by becoming DNR’s next Watershed Restoration Coordinator!

Working for the DNR is a great life experience!  You will be involved in rewarding, challenging work; interact with a variety of people in a team-oriented atmosphere; and make a positive impact on our environment and valuable natural resources. We offer a generous benefit package that includes excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules for most positions, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote health and wellness. Click here to see what working for the State of Wisconsin is all about!

This project position is anticipated to last until June 2023. The incumbent will not attain permanent civil service status during this time. However, all other aspects of employment – such as health insurance, paid vacation and eligibility for other benefits – are the same as “permanent” positions.

The successful candidate may choose a work station in either Eau Claire or Spooner.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain some valuable experience while making a difference to Wisconsin’s environment and quality of life! Apply now!

Position Summary

The Watershed Restoration Coordinator manages complex projects and collaborates with local, state and federal partners and DNR staff to implement watershed restoration practices that improve surface water quality in eligible areas throughout the district.

This position is also responsible for facilitating development of additional watershed plans (EPA 9 Key element) leading to implementation of best management practices in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) areas. The Coordinator collaborates with Water Quality staff as well as staff in other DNR programs (e.g., Runoff Management, Stormwater, Water Quality Standards, etc.) and works closely with County Land Conservation Departments, DATCP, NRCS, UW- Division of Extension, watershed and producer-led groups for evaluating, tracking and reporting on implementation progress.

The position is also responsible for developing and implementing surface water quality monitoring plans in collaboration with Department biologists and external partners and assisting with data collection, data analysis and interpretation in targeted areas.

We encourage you to review the complete position description by clicking here.

Salary Information

Starting pay is $50,606 to $68,161 annually ($24.33/hour to $32.77/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

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.

Based on an assessment of the goals and work activities, this position may be eligible for telework. Telework approval is based on individual circumstances and is subject to supervisor approval and DNR telework policies.  Approval is subject to change without notice based on business needs.

All State employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

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 all of the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:

  • Experience developing watershed restoration plans or implementing watershed agricultural practices identified in eligible plans (e.g., EPA 9 Key Element, County Land & Water Plans, etc.)
  • Experience coordinating management plans or other types of projects with multiple stakeholders within and outside of an organization
  • Work experience using ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro or other comparable GIS software

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

  • Experience with both watershed restoration plan development and implementation of watershed agricultural practices identified in eligible plans (e.g., EPA 9 Key Element, County Land & Water Plans, etc.)
  • Experience conducting public outreach on environmental or natural resources issues
  • Professional experience collecting, interpreting and summarizing surface water quality data
  • Experience using land-use and water quality models (e.g., SWAT, SNAPLUS, STEPL, EVAL, BATHTUB, etc.)

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your 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.

How To Apply

For Best Results, Please Follow the Instructions Carefully

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Department of Natural Resources. To begin your application, click the “Apply for Job” button and follow the directions. Make sure to save your application often since the system will automatically log you out after 30 minutes if you have not saved it recently.  You can save as many times as needed until you submit. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any updates to the application or any materials submitted.

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

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.

Deadline to Apply

The application deadline is Sunday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Don’t miss this career opportunity working with a great group of people!  

6 days remaining

Apply by 5 December, 2021