Natural Areas Steward

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The Department of Natural Resources s hiring nine (9) Natural Areas Stewards stationed throughout the state of Wisconsin! We are currently hiring in the following locations: 

- La Crosse
 - Driftless Work Area (2 Positions) 
- Fitchburg - Southwest Work Area (2 Positions) 
- Eagle - Southeast Work Area (2 Positions) 
- Friendship - Central Sands Work Area (1 Position) 
- Alma - West Central Work Area (1 Position) 
- Green Bay - Upper Lake Michigan Work Area (1 Position) 

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!

Position Summary:  
These positions help plan, schedule, and conduct work (independently or with a crew) on all aspects of on-going field projects related to stewardship of State Natural Areas across six possible work locations in Wisconsin. This position requires an ability to travel throughout assigned work area and work irregular hours, including occasional evenings week-ends, and occasional work away from home work area for up to 5 days (1-2 times/year). A willingness to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions is required. These positions will be responsible for habitat management and invasive species control on State Natural Areas, tracking and evaluating ongoing management, developing grant applications and reports, and burn plan development/assessment. Additionally, these positions will conduct inventory infrastructure, plants, animals, and natural communities on State Natural Areas; conduct site inspections, and Complete habitat assessment for rare and listed species, and submit reports to the Natural Heritage Inventory.

Special Notes:  

This is a limited term (LTE) position. Limited term positions do not automatically lead to or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employment, but this position does offer valuable work experience and an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities with the Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin. LTE employees are limited to working 1039 hours within a twelve-month period. In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

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.


Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of restoration ecology & management techniques, through prior experience or college level training
  • Effective communication skills ; the ability to communicate effectively with project supervisors, co-workers, contractors, and internal and external partners is important  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in botany, wildlife ecology, biology, or related natural resources field
  • Experience in the restoration of Wisconsin's remnant plant communities, and associated certifications (e.g., chainsaw, pesticide use, ATV/UTV, tractor, and prescribed burning)
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin's rare and listed plants and animals
  • Experience with MS office and GIS
  • Genuine interest in native plant community restoration

Each SNA Crew Member position is comprised of both a Conservation Biologist position (50%; 20 hours/week) and Wildlife Tech Advanced position (50%; 20 hours/week; posted separately as Job Announcement Code: 1802146). Therefore, a single candidate must meet the eligibility criteria/qualifications for both positions, and apply for both positions. Please apply via email to [email protected] , with subject line "RE: Job Code 12344"

You may submit a single application for all the locations you are interested in being considered, but you must indicate which location in your cover letter.

Currently, this position does not require prescribed fire but that may change in the future, therefore, applicants must annually meet and maintain physical fitness standards required by the Department for employees involved in prescribed fire. Known as the Work Capacity Test at the MODERATE (Field Test) level, this involves completing a 2-mile walk while carrying a 25lb weighted vest in under 30 minutes. 

To Apply:

Submit Form 9100-162 LTE Application , resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Nate Fayram
[email protected]
Subject - RE: Job Code 12444

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