Water Quality & Aquatic Ecosystems Modeler

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI, United States
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Job Working Title: Water Quality and Aquatic Eco Systems Modeler

Type of Employment: Full Time (40 hrs/week)


Starting pay is between $62,400 and $79,040 annually ($30.00 - $38.00 per hour). depending on experience and qualifications. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary according to the applicable pay transaction provisions of the Compensation Plan. Current State employees applying as a transfer applicant will require DPM approval for pay on transfer increases. Please contact the HR Specialist for more information. This position is in Pay Schedule/ Range 15-03. 


Rebecca Rupnow, Human Resources Specialist, 608-261-6447,

Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented

Area of Competition:  Open

Deadline to Apply: 8/5/2019

Applications must be complete and finalized before 11:59PM central on the deadline date. Once you finalize, you cannot make changes to your application.

Assessment Information:


Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems Modeler position in the Water Resources Management Specialist- Advanced classification within the Division of Environmental Management, Bureau of Water Quality.  The location of this position will be at the central office in Madison. 

The Wisconsin DNR is located at 101 S. Webster Street in the heart of downtown Madison, near the state capitol, the Madison Metro bus route and the Capital City bike path. In addition, there are many nearby restaurants and shopping venues.  In partnership with individuals and organizations, the DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air, and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor activities. 

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community by participating in fundraisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   

The Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems Modeler position serves as a water resources modeler and technical consultant for the Water Quality Bureau. This is a highly technical position responsible for stressor-response modeling and statistical consultation, with a strategic focus on simulating impacts of pollution and other stressors on aquatic ecosystems, notably lakes. This position works in a small technical team, where individual roles and responsibilities may be adapted based on the distribution of skills and the needs of multiple concurrent projects. The Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems Modeler  position coordinates and implements technical aspects of water quality modeling for the successful development, planning, and implementation of water quality management efforts such as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) throughout the state. This position also provides scientific leadership in assessing ecological impacts of various stressors on Wisconsin waters and evaluating management solutions, adapting/applying ecological theory to these issues.  

To view the complete position description, click here. 

Special Notes:   

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.


In order to be minimally qualified for this position, Required qualifications include education and experience in: 

  • Applying statistical methods for assessing ecological impacts of stressors in freshwater ecosystems 
  • Limnology, biological science, or related field- including paid or unpaid experiences, courses taken, and degrees earned. 
  • Water quality modeling skills- including stressor-response and in-stream or in-lake models.  Skills including data collection and interpretation; features, strengths, weaknesses, and data requirements of commonly used models; methods for adapting existing models for new applications; and methods for summarizing model output for technical and non-technical audiences. 

In addition to the required qualifications, Preferred qualifications for this position include: 

  • Experience as a project lead for a team of scientists or engineers. 
  • An earned PhD in limnology, biological science, or related field.

How To Apply:   

If you have not already done so, create an account by clicking the green “Log In” button at the top of the main Wisc.Jobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account: 

  • Log in and view Job Announcement 1902111
  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to customize your job narrative cover letter & resume to the qualifications of this position 
  • Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen 
  • Review your job application, make any necessary updates and then click “Continue” 
  • Complete the Job Preferences screen and then click “Continue” 
  • Attach your job narrative cover letter and resume when prompted 
  • Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows 
  • Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application

Your cover letter and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and cover letter and what should be included in these materials, click here.

You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. We will also correspond via e-mail for assessment results and potentially interviews.

Current permanent classified state employees outside of the DNR or former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion, or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at the DNR. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.