Water Use Program Advanced Hydrogeologist

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Madison, WI, US

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Water Use Program Advanced Hydrogeologist in the Hydrogeologist – Advanced classification within the Bureau of Drinking Water and Ground Water.  This position will be stationed in Madison.

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 tons of 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:   

The Water Use Program Advanced Hydrogeologist works under the general supervision of the Chief of the Water Use Section in the Bureau of Drinking Water & Groundwater. This position deals with complex and often highly sensitive hydrogeological issues that require a high level of interpretation and judgment and have a major impact on department actions and future decisions.

This position implements the department’s high capacity well impact assessment and groundwater quantity program on a statewide basis, assessing aquifer sustainability and high capacity well impacts. The position provides hydrogeologic expertise related to groundwater/surface water interaction and trends, including state-of-the-art groundwater flow and quality modeling. The position serves as a key department contact for high capacity well applicants and their consultants.

Special Notes:   

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.


Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be at least minimally qualified for this position:

  • Technical expertise as it relates to hydrogeologic interpretation, groundwater and surface water interaction, and statistical trends.

  • Experience with analysis of groundwater and surface water interaction and trends- including experience with hydrogeologic interpretation, numerical groundwater flow models, GIS systems and statistical analysis.

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, highly qualified applicants for this position will possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience with Python or similar programming language.

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin law related to water withdrawals and use.

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin geology.

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:

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  • 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.