Turn your passion for forestry into your life's work and be part of a nationally-recognized forestry program!

Now is the time to take advantage of this great opportunity. We want you to excel at your job, so we'll provide you with plenty of in-depth training as long as you meet the minimum education requirement and have at least some basic forest land management experience, basic fire training, "soft" skills such as communication and interpersonal sensitivity, and lots of motivation and enthusiasm!

Current employment opportunities are located in:

  • Black River Falls
  • Lakewood
  • Grantsburg
  • Necedah
  • Whitehall
  • Montello
  • and other great places yet to be determined.

Don't see a location that interests you? Foresters hired as part of this recruitment are eligible to apply for transfer to any location across the state when future vacancies occur. (Hint: Get your foot in the door now, and then re-locate later to your dream location).

Apply at

Application Deadline: April 8

Interviews are anticipated to be held via Zoom during the week of May 3. Successful candidates will begin working on Monday, June 21. Mark your calendars now!

Position Summary:

Foresters direct and provide forest management assistance on private lands, state lands and county forests, providing advice and assistance to landowners, property managers and other partners. Forest land management includes forest reconnaissance, management plans, prescriptions, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.

Most Foresters are also responsible for fire management, which includes fire preparedness, fire suppression, and fire prevention. These positions include fire-line responsibilities such as initial attack; suppression; and various command roles. These positions also provide expert training to Fire Department personnel and other partners. These positions are responsible for planning and conducting prescribed burning activities to achieve habitat and property management objectives.

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

Special Notes:

Successful candidates must pass a background check prior to hire.

Candidates for most positions must also meet medical and physical fitness standards. Complete details on requirements and testing procedures will be provided to candidates who are invited to interview.

Candidates for most positions must be able to obtain and maintain a valid WI driver's license and meet the requirements to operate a state vehicle.

Many positions have fire-line responsibilities that require the incumbent to respond within 30 minutes to the work station. Specific information will be provided prior to the interview.

Candidates for most positions must be able to obtain and maintain Forest Ranger credentials via in-house training. Credentialed staff will then be expected to enforce basic forestry laws through public contacts and the issuance of citations.

Some positions require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License within six (6) months of hire. Pre-employment drug testing and subsequent random drug testing are required for these positions.

Wildland fire qualifications/certifications may be required within 18 months to five years after hire.

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 for this position:

  • Bachelor's or higher degree in forestry, or the equivalent as determined by the State Forester. Click "Preview Assessment" (above) for specific information.
  • Experience performing forest land management activities, which may be gained through an academic training course or camp; internship; temporary summer employment; volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment
  • Training or education related to fire management, prescribed fire or fire suppression, including structural or wildland fire

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Related work experience, as typically gained through full-time/on-going employment
  • Master's degree in forestry or natural resources in combination with an undergraduate degree in forestry
  • Qualified/Certified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) or Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) based on National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards
  • Experience as an Incident Commander on a wildland fire
  • Experience training others on fire management techniques and equipment

It's 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. Applicants who do not possess or clearly identify the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply:

Apply at

Application Deadline: April 8

  • Log in and view Job Announcement 21-00768
  • Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create your resume & letter specifically for this position. When creating your documents, please use a PDF or Microsoft Word format. Newer document formats like Google Docs are not compatible with Wisc.Jobs.
  • Upload both documents and your transcripts to your Job Cart using the applicable "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 and cover letter (from your Job Cart) when indicated
  • Read the Instructions page carefully and then answer the questions that follow
  • 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 Wisc.Jobs.

Click here for general information about employment with the State of Wisconsin.

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.

posted: 25 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.