Local recruitment: Lake and River Team Leader

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Madison, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Milwaukee, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 9020

Location: Madison; Milwaukee

Agency: Natural Resources

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Water Quality Program is recruiting a Lake and River Team Leader.  This position may be stationed at other DNR locations based on space availablity. 

State of Wisconsin benefits include excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote wellness. We offer a team-orientated atmosphere and a focus on work-life balance, flexible working schedules for most positions, and the ability to flex hours with supervisor approval.

The DNR excels at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry. Click here to see what working for the State of Wisconsin is all about!

Position Summary

This position leads teams and work groups in the formulation, determination and implementation of Lake and River Management Program policies, rules, and program guidance.  Direct and manage Wisconsin’s Surface Water Grant programs. Report directly to the Lakes and Rivers Section Chief in the Bureau of Water Quality. Formulate, determine, and implement statewide Lake and River Program work planning, project management and reporting, staff training and development, and program reviews.

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Salary Information

Starting pay is $36.00 – $41.78 per hour ($74,880 – $86,902 annually).

Pay on appointment for current or former state employees is based on the State Compensation Plan. 

This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03.

Job Details

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.

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.


To be considered, you must attach a customized job narrative letter of interest and resume; together should describe your education and experience in:

Limnology, aquatic science, Ecosystem ecology or related water resources field- including paid or unpaid experiences, courses taken, and degrees earned.

Environmental project planning and/or management

Preparing and communicating scientific information for management planning, policy reports, training programs and/or educational purposes for a scientifc or non-scientific audience

Team leadership and/or meeting facilitation.

Researching or writing policy, procedures, and/or legislation.

How To Apply

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Click the “Apply for Job” button and follow the directions. You will be able to save your application as many times as needed and make edits up until the point you submit your application. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any updates to the application or any materials submitted.

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.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Kris Dowse in Human Resources at kristine.dowse@wisconsin.gov.

Current state employees must apply through STAR ESS. Former permanent classified state employees must apply through Wisc.Jobs.

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: All applications must be received by 11:59 pm central time on 02/19/2023.




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