Local recruitment: LTE Water Resources Management Specialist -Advanced

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Madison, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 8749

Location: Madison

Agency: Natural Resources

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


We are dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. 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.

The Wisconsin DNR is hiring an LTE – Water Resources Management Specialist – Advanced in Madison, WI.

At this time we are recruiting for the Crew Leader, with a tentative start date of April 10th.  We will also be using this recruitment to identify potential candidates for the remaining 3 Crew Member positions, with a tentative start date of May 22nd.  We will also be posting these positions separately in late February.

Position Summary

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collaborates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA). Approximately 50 wadeable stream sites located across Wisconsin will be surveyed in 2023. At each survey site, physical, chemical, and biological, data are collected. Site locations are randomly-selected and are often significant distances from roadways, requiring heavy equipment to be carried to and from the sites. Workdays are long (up to 10 hours), often in challenging weather and working conditions.

The person hired for the Crew Leader position will be responsible for preparing for and directing a four-person crew to complete all field and sample collection activities. This position will serve as the subject matter expert. The crew will be based in Madison but spend the majority of the work week traveling to statewide survey locations. Typically three days per week will require hotel stays distant from Madison. Crew member training and office work begins approximately the first week of May. Field work begins June 1st and is typically completed by September 30th.

80% – The primary duties will be coordinating and leading collection of field data and water and biological samples from June – September, assuring the quality of the samples and data collected, working with EPA contractors on data capture and submission, shipping samples to state and federal labs, and planning and revising sampling plans to respond to various field, weather, and schedule challenges.

10% – Attend field procedures and first aid trainings and become proficient in using the various field methods used to collect field samples and field data.

10% – Map sampling sites, make landowner contacts, acquire and prep field gear and supplies, and coordinate travel plans.

Salary Information

This position pays between $22.00 and $24.00 per hour and is in pay schedule and range 15-03. For current and eligible former State employees, compensation will be set in accordance with the State Compensation Plan. 

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.

In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID.  Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus – COVID-19 (wi.gov) for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change.

The Department of Natural Resources conducts criminal background checks on final applicants before they can be offered a position.  Please note that a criminal charge or conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from state employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

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.


– Ability to understand and execute detailed field sampling protocols 
– Willingness to spend significant time traveling across the state working long hours, and dealing with the challenges of transporting sampling gear to and from surveys sites that are often distant from roads
– Ability to work closely on a team with a focus on collecting quality field samples and data under physically demanding conditions
– Strong interest in aquatic ecology, and natural resources assessment and management 
– 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.

– Familiarity with principals of, and equipment used ,in aquatic resource surveys
– Strong communication skills
– Demonstrated training and interest in potential careers in natural resources management.

How To Apply

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For any position-related questions, please feel free to contact Tim.Asplund@wisconsin.gov.

If you have any difficulty applying (for example: signing in or uploading a resume), please reach out to Wisc.Jobs Help, available Monday-Friday, 7:45am – 4:30pm – 608-267-1012 or at wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov.  

Your resume and letter of qualifications 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 letter of qualifications and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Deadline to Apply

Applications must be received by 11:59pm, Central Time, on February 2, 2023 in order to be considered.




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