Water Resources Management Specialist (Lake and River Team Leader)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Madison, WI, US

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Water Resources Management Specialist- Advanced position (Working Title: Lake and River Team Leader) in the Division of Environmental Management, Bureau of Water Quality. 

Additionally, the DNR is hiring for another Water Resources Management Specialist with the Working Title of: Phosphorus Implementation Coordinator . Please see Job Announcement Code #1702694 for the Phosphorus Implementation Coordinator position.

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 fund raisers 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:   This position leads teams and work groups in the formulation, determination and implementation of Lake and River Management Program policies, rules and program guidance. This position will formulate, determine and implement statewide Lake and River Program work planning and project management and reporting, staff training and development, and program reviews. Additional duties including directing and managing Wisconsin’s Lake, River and Aquatic Invasive Species Grant programs.

Special Notes:   The successful candidate for this position will be required to pass a criminal background check prior to appointment.


Required Qualifications:

-Experience or Education in aquatic ecology, biology, or limnology.

-Experience in project planning and management; including grants management.

-Ability to facilitate, organize, and lead teams and workgroups.

-Experience developing and managing budgets.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience leading a significant watershed, lake or stream management or restoration project.

-Experience working with grants as a grantee and a grantor.

-Ability to effectively manage a high volume workload.

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: 1702721.

  • 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

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.