Forestry Technicians play a vital role in DNR and work side-by-side
with Foresters to protect and manage our forests so that they last
for years to come. It's an important job, and it takes a special
kind of person to do it. A love of forests, physical work
heavy equipment operation and maintenance, and firefighting are essential!
Yes, you need some basic knowledge or experience in each of the
components of the job, but we'll provide significant on-the-job training and mentoring to help you succeed.
Forestry Technicians play a vital role in DNR and work side-by-side with Foresters to protect and manage our forests so that they last for years to come. It's an important job, and it takes a special kind of person to do it. A love of forests, physical work, heavy equipment operation and maintenance, and firefighting are essential! Yes, you need some basic knowledge or experience in each of the components of the job, but we'll provide significant on-the-job training and mentoring to help you succeed.
We currently have job opportunities in the following locations:
• Winter Ranger Station
• Medford Ranger Station
• Keshena Forestry Center
• Prentice Ranger Station
• Barnes Ranger Station
• Rhinelander Ranger Station
• Wisconsin Rapids Service Center
• Cornell Ranger Station
• Boulder Junction (Trout Lake)
The best-qualified applicants will be contacted shortly after the deadline to schedule interviews that will be conducted using Skype or Zoom. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 22. Mark your calendars now!
Are you ready for the greatest job of your life?! Apply now!
Forestry Technicians are responsible for fire management activities (i.e., fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention); serving as a certified forest fire equipment operator; operating specialized/complex forest fire control equipment including tractor/plows and engines; issuing permits; implementing forest fire prevent projects; and assisting in performing fire inspections.
Forestry Technicians also assist with all aspects of the forest management program, which may include forest reconnaissance, management plans, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.
We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here.
Successful candidates must pass a background check prior to hire.
Candidates must also meet medical and physical fitness standards. Drug and/or alcohol screening is a condition of employment. Complete details on requirements and testing procedures will be provided to candidates who are invited to interview.
All candidates must meet the requirements to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License within 6 months. In addition, certifications related to firefighting and equipment operation must be attained within one to five years.
Due to fire-line responsibilities, candidates hired into these positions must be able to respond within 30 minutes to the work station and travel independently.
DNR does not sponsor work visas. 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 eligible:
• Training (with certificate of completion) or experience related to any type of fire
suppression, including wildland, structural or prescribed fire
• Field experience performing field forestry practices, which may be gained
through an academic training course or camp; internship; temporary summer employment;
volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment.
• Experience operating heavy equipment; OR work experience or degree/diploma
as a mechanic; OR Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
• Field experience with wildland fires
• Wildland fire or prescribed fire qualification/certification
• Experience operating a tractor, dozer, skidsteer, logging equipment, backhoe, & excavator
• Work experience or degree/diploma in auto mechanics, small engine mechanics,
diesel mechanics, or industrial mechanics; completion of a union apprenticeship program;
or Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification
• Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
• Field experience performing a full array of field forestry practices, preferably gained
through full-time/on-going employment
• Experience using maps and identifying legal descriptions
It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your education, training and experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate judgment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not possess or clearly identify the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.
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 WiscJobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:
- Log in and view Job Announcement 20-01354
- Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create answers to the three questions
- Upload your resume to your Job Cart using the Resume "Document Type"
- Click “Apply Now”
- Review your Job Application, make any necessary updates and then click “Continue”
- Complete the Job Preferences screen and then click “Continue”
- Attach your resume (from your Job Cart) when indicated
- Insert your answers to the three questions using the information in the "Saving Your Responses" section of the Instructions
- Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application. Applications that are not finalized will not be considered.
It is important to provide an accurate e-mail address when you create your Wisc.Jobs account. You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. This e-mail address will also be used when contacting you about possible interviews.
Former state employees and current employees working for other state agencies who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.
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The WI 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.