Monitoring Program Specialist (Office of Great Waters)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Madison, WI, US

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Office of Great Waters – Monitoring Program Specialist
Type of Employment:Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Salary:Starting salary is between $26.00 – $34.00 per hour ($54,080 – $70,720 annually). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03.
Contact:Kelsey Scholtens, Human Resources Specialist, 608-266-8173, [email protected]
Bargaining Unit:Non-Represented
Area of Competition:Open
Deadline to Apply:3/20/2018
Applications must be complete and finalized before 11:59PM CST on the deadline date. Once you finalize, you cannot make changes to your application.
Assessment Information:55973 –  020  WATER RESOURCES MGT SPEC-ADV  
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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently filling a Water Resources Management Specialist – Advanced within the Division of Environmental Management. This position is stationed in the Central Office 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. There are tons of nearby restaurants and shopping venues. Madison is consistently ranked highest among the Top 100 Best Places to Live

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 serves as a Great Waters Program Specialist for the Office of Great Waters. The position’s primary role will be responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and coordination of the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River (UMR) monitoring and data development. The position will advise, coordinate and develop implementation strategies related to Great Lakes and Mississippi River monitoring needs for large aquatic ecosystems. It will also serve as the centralized lead for strategy, policy, and implementation of other multi-state efforts. This position will also coordinate implementation of ecosystem management efforts for these two large aquatic systems with other DNR programs. 

The position will manage the development of an annual monitoring work plan to meet the various monitoring objectives in the Wisconsin portion of the Great Lakes basin and Upper Mississippi River mainstem. Manage the budget for monitoring activities and set up contracts for sample collection and sample analysis in close coordination with the region staff. The position will assist resource managers throughout the Department in developing monitoring plans designed to address sources of Beneficial Use Impairments in Wisconsin’s Areas of Concern (AOCs) and to support Lakewide Action and Management Plans (LAMP) initiatives, Great Lakes nearshore monitoring plan, Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Strategy and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), and the UMRBA’s UMR CWA Recommended Monitoring Plan. 

This position will be responsible for the Beach monitoring program and coordination with the Department of Health and local county governments that sample beaches and post beach health advisories. This includes coordinating with county Health Departments in establishing annual monitoring plans at designated beaches, allocating BEACH Act funding to cover sample analysis, and preparing the annual Beach Act report. 

The position will assist the Great Lakes Quality Assurance Coordinator in development and the review of Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) or other quality documentation for monitoring projects and plans. This position will work on data sharing needs within the Great Lakes basin and Mississippi River with Federal programs and other states.

Please click here to view the full position description.

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.


Minimum qualifications for this position include education, training, or experience in:
– Project / program management, specifically in a Natural Resources related project;
– Design of studies in a Natural Resources environment; and
– Statistical analysis and use of statistical packages for environmental data review

Preferred experience includes:
– Design and implementation of studies in water resources or large aquatic ecosystems
– Management of complex or controversial Natural Resources projects

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 18-00519 
· 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.