Local recruitment: Natural Resources Basin Supervisor

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 9629

Location: Statewide

Agency: Natural Resources

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Bureau of Waterways is recruiting to fill a Waterway and Wetland Field Supervisor. This position could be stationed out of Black River Falls, Wisconsin Rapids, Janesville, Madison, or other available space in Southwest Wisconsin Facilities.

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 is responsible for the management of the Waterway and Wetland regulatory programs including: waterways, dams, wetland permitting, shoreland zoning, compliance and enforcement, and floodplain oversight. This position ensures integration of the Waterways Bureau’s activities and policies with other programs. The position plays a key role in developing and implementing statewide policy by serving on the Waterways Leadership Team (WLT).

As a manager and supervisor, you will be responsible for the leadership of the Waterways Bureau regulatory program within a dynamic work area. Other important roles include development of program staff, contribution to the success of statewide waterway programs, developing and supporting a range of effective internal and external partnership relationships as a member of the management of waterways and wetlands on an integrated watershed approach. You will assist in setting statewide policy on program management issues and assure consistency and compliance with statewide policy in regional activities and operations. You will be expected to participate in regional supervisory meetings and promote cross program integration with other program supervisors and staff when needed.

This is one of four positions statewide with responsibility as a Waterways Program Field Supervisor. The position is located in the South Central or West Central Region and covers approximately 18 Counties. Travel within the assigned area will be frequent, with periodic travel to staff office locations.

For a detailed position description, click here

Salary Information

Starting pay is $43.00 – $48.00 per hour ($89,440 – $99,840 annually) in pay schedule and range 81-02.

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

This positions include an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. A two-year trial period may be required.

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.


Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications.

Required qualifications include experience in the following:

  • In a water resource field or similar experience in a natural resource field
  • Directly mentoring or supervising staff
  • Applying or using local, state or federal environmental laws

Best-qualified applicants will also have the following preferred qualifications:

  • Experience leading or facilitating multi-disciplinary teams working on state-wide or high-profile projects
  • Experience with preparing and implementing strategic plans including goals, objectives and priorities
  • Applied knowledge of the public trust doctrine related to navigable waters

How To Apply

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For questions regarding the application process, please contact Patricia Buchholz in Human Resources at patricia.buchholz@wisconsin.gov. 

Current state employees, including those with Career Executive status, 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 on Monday, March 20th, 2023.




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