Forest Hydrologist

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) excels at protecting and managing Wisconsinís natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of the citizenry. Within DNR, the DNR Division of Forestry works in partnership to administer programs that protect and sustain our forested lands throughout the state, combining technical and financial assistance, planning, research, technology, education, and policy to help meet the many demands on the forest both today and for many years to come.

Working for the DNR is a great life experience! You will be involved in rewarding, challenging work; interact with a variety of people in a team-oriented atmosphere; and make a positive impact on our environment and valuable natural resources. We offer a generous benefit package that includes excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules for most positions, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote health and wellness. Click here to see what working for the State of Wisconsin is all about!

The successful candidate may choose a work station in one of the following locations:

  • Rhinelander Service Center (Forestry Headquarters)
  • GEF2 (Madison; DNR Central Office)
  • Spooner Service Center
  • Green Bay Service Center

This is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference to Wisconsinís environment while working with a great group of people! Apply now!

Position Summary

The Forest Hydrologist provides comprehensive technical expertise of hydrology as it relates to forestry applications to ensure forest water quality protection requirements are met and are consistent with DNR policies. This position serves as the Divisionís expert on water quality issues pertaining to forestry, including the implementation, monitoring, and enhancement of forestry best management practices (BMPs) for water quality through applied field and research techniques.

This position integrates applied knowledge of forest management activities into best management practice recommendations, guidance, and policy for sustaining forest water quality. This position is a valued resource both within the Department of Natural Resources and with a wide variety of external partners for guidance regarding the sustainable management of forest resources featuring a variety of water resources.

We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here.

Salary Information

Starting pay is $70,720 to $75,920 annually ($34.00/hour to $36.50/hour). Pay for current State employees may vary based on the State of WI Compensation Plan, which requires additional DPM approval to offer a pay increase to transfer candidates.

This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits.

This position is included in Pay Schedule/Range 15-03. A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Job Details

The selected candidate must meet the requirements for traveling and operating a State vehicle, including the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver's license.

The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check prior to an offer of employment.

Based on an assessment of the goals and work activities, this position may be eligible for telework. Telework approval is based on individual circumstances and is subject to supervisor approval and DNR telework policies. Approval is subject to change without notice based on business needs.

All State employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

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.


Applicants must possess the following required qualifications (which must be specified in detail in your application materials) to be eligible for this position:

  • Professional experience related to water quality protection

  • **OR**
  • Masterís degree or PhD related to hydrology or similar field

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications (which must be specified in detail in your application materials):

  • Experience leading a program or project, including all of the following:
    • policy or strategy development or implementation
    • goal setting and prioritization
    • program evaluation and reports
    • consensus building with multiple stakeholders
    • Professional experience related forest land management
  • Applied field experience or research related to forestry best management practices (BMPs) for water quality

Itís critically important that your application materials clearly describe your education 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. When possible, use specific examples to clearly demonstrate the extent of your expertise. Applicants who do not possess or clearly identify the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply

For Best Results, Please Follow the Instructions Carefully

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Department of Natural Resources. To begin your application, click the ďApply for JobĒ button and follow the directions. Make sure to save your application often since the system will automatically log you out after 30 minutes if you have not saved it recently. You can save as many times as needed until you submit. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any updates to the application or any materials submitted.

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during the evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. Itís critically important that you clearly address the stated required and preferred qualifications in your application materials. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications, click here.

Although there are no page limits, it is recommended that your resume and letter of qualifications be limited to two pages each. Please do not include references in your application materials. Finalists will be contacted by e-mail to provide this information after the initial interview.

Your application materials will be evaluated by job experts based on predetermined criteria. The best-qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Please monitor your e-mail account (including the Junk folder) for updates to the assessment process.

Current State employees must apply through STAR Employee Self Service (ESS). Former State employees must apply through Wisc.Jobs.

For help with technical issues, please contact the Wisc.Jobs Help Desk or (608) 267-1012. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Julie Jaksa.

The 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.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply for this position is Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Don't miss this great career opportunity!

posted: 16 December 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.