Local recruitment: Water Resource Specialist

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Green Bay, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Madison, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Superior, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Eau Claire, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Rhinelander, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Waukesha, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 9394

Location: Green Bay;Madison;Superior;Eau Claire;Rhinelander;Waukesha;Wisconsin Rapids

Agency: Transportation

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The WI Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) is seeking a Water Resource Specialist (Environmental Analysis & Review Specialist – Entry or Advanced) to join our Environmental Services Team within the Bureau of Technical Services. 

This full time permanent position may be headquartered in the following cities: Madison, Superior, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Wisconsin Rapids, Rhinelander and Waukesha.

WisDOT is a great place to work! In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:

  • Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and 130 hours of sick time that roll over each year.
  • Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits (health plan options start at just $35/month for single plans and $87/month for family plans after two months of employment)
  • A casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and telework options depending on the position’s requirements
  • An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
  • Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
  • A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being

In addition to our generous employee benefits, we strive for inclusivity and celebrate different religious holidays and cultural observances and provide flexibility for utilizing paid time off for such celebrations. For more information on WisDOT you can visit our website by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an organization dedicated to creating transportation solutions through innovation and exceptional service. We are committed to fostering an environment rooted in Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Accountability.  Click here to learn more about how we apply these values in our work.

Position Summary

Serve as WisDOT’s statewide technical expert in water resources and program manager for WisDOT’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program. Provide research, analysis, consultation and coordination services to Wisconsin Department of Transportation staff and management, and external partners on water resource topics and on proposed environmental laws and regulations. Administer WisDOT’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, including oversight on wetland bank site development, operation and maintenance, program budgets, system initiatives and land management. Synthesize state and federal environmental laws and their related regulations, and process into WisDOT operational policy.

Advise the Department’s operating units, project teams, and consultants by providing expert consultation and timely advice on environmental impacts focusing on water resources, including wetlands, waterways, groundwater, floodplains and hydrogeology. Participate in developing and implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects with other environmental staff. Maintain GIS layers for wetlands and water resources, and assist region project teams in the appropriate use of this data. Assist with the updating of environmental chapters of the Facilities Development Manual and other WisDOT policy and guidance documents. Participate on state and national committees on water regulation, guidance, policy and research. This position is also responsible for managing the ecological/biological services master contract.

To review the full position description, please email Sonam Lhanze at sonam1.lhanze@dot.wi.gov 

Salary Information

The Entry level position is in schedule-range (15-04) with an annual salary of $41,600- $51,126

The Advanced level position is in schedule-range (15-03) with an annual salary of $54,080-$74,880

All positions come have excellent benefits. A twelve month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan.

Job Details

Occasional travel may be required for this position.

WisDOT does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check which may include FBI fingerprinting.

Certain positions within this Department may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process. For permanent positions that allow remote work flexibility, Wisconsin residency is not required. However, it is not anticipated that working outside of Wisconsin (or bordering cities) will be allowed because positions may at times need to report to office locations in Wisconsin on short notice.

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.


Qualified applicants at the Entry level will have experience with all the following:

  • Interpreting, conveying and/or implementing environmental laws, rules, policies and/or procedures
  • Analyzing, evaluating and/or documenting areas of concern (e.g. wetlands, threatened and endangered species, natural systems, etc.)
  • Working with and developing relationships with external stakeholders, which may include activities such as participating on committees, developing collective guidance or outreach, policy development, networking, mutual resolution etc.

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants at the Entry will have experience with one or more of the following:

  • Interpreting, conveying and/or implementing environmental laws, rules, policies and/or procedures, such as the Clean Water Act, Compensatory Mitigation Rule,  and equivalent state or local laws, etc.
  • Managing or coordinating an ecological restoration project, such as restoring wetlands, streams and/or natural habitat.
  • Reviewing linear infrastructure projects (such as transportation or utility) for environmental concerns.

The Advanced level applicants will have experience with the following:

  • Experience managing consultant contracts
  • Experience managing an environmental restoration project (e.g. wetland mitigation, pollinators, etc.)
  • Experience with wetland mitigation banking
  • Experience implementing statewide policy and guidance

How To Apply

Apply online! To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process.  Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.

Your application materials 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 how to develop and what should be included in these materials, click here. For more information on the basics of the selection process and how the State of WI ensures fair and equitable treatment of all applicants, click here. The vast majority of applicants are able to outline their background and experience in their resume in 1-3 pages. Any resumes submitted with more than 10 pages will not be considered after page 10. If this job posting requires a letter of qualifications, the same limit applies.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer or voluntary demotion) should complete the application process as described above by the stated deadline.

Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of job experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Questions can be directed to Sonam Lhanze at Sonam1.lhanze@dot.wi.gov or 608-264-7230.

Deadline to Apply

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28th 2023 at 11:59pm CST. 




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