Forestry Team Leader

Website Department of Natural Resources

Job ID 4397

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) excels at protecting and managing Wisconsin’s 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 results of this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies that occur within the next six to twelve months. If you are interested in any Forestry Team Leader position located across the state, now is the time to apply!

The successful candidate for the current position may choose a work station in either WausauMedford or Tomahawk.

Interviews for the current position are tentatively scheduled for the week of February 7 or the week of February 14, so mark your calendars now! If you meet the minimum qualifications and are interested in positions in other locations, then your name will continue to be included on the employment list, and you will remain eligible for interviews for future vacancies.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to work with a great group of people and be part of a nationally-recognized forestry program!

Position Summary

The Forestry Team Leader is responsible for the supervision and implementation of the Forestry Division’s integrated programs for the assigned geographic area and for integration among those programs and all other DNR programs within the assigned area. Integrated forestry programs include public forest land management, private forest land management and forest fire management. The forest fire management responsibilities include initial attack duties and operational fire line assignments. Customer and partner groups may include DNR staff, cooperating and consulting foresters, individual citizens, citizen groups, tribal governments, industry leaders, and governmental and educational representatives.

This position is key to public safety and security and requires the incumbent to meet and maintain the physical fitness test standards required for all Department protective positions. The principal duties of the position require active fire suppression duties which require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning.  This position is available for fire suppression, pre-suppression, and prevention duties year-round.

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

Salary Information

Starting pay is $72,800 to $75,920 annually ($35.00/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 (including supplemental retirement for Protective status).

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

Job Details

Upon hire, the selected candidate must meet the physical fitness standards required for all Department initial-attack fire Protective positions.

Within 12 to 36 months after hire, the selected candidate must obtain and maintain multiple certifications as listed in the position description. See the Position Summary section in this job announcement for a copy of the position description.

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 reflected in your application materials) to be eligible for this position:

  • Forestry experience related to both forest fire management and forest land management
  • Certified upon hire as Engine Boss (ENGB), Heavy Equipment Boss (HEQB) or Firing Boss (FIRB) based on NWCG standards
  • Leadership experience, including several of the following activities:

– Assigning work to team members

– Evaluating team performance and progress towards goals

– Monitoring and coaching individual performance

– Conducting training for team members or other employees

– Ensuring team member compliance with policies or laws

– Addressing conflict within the team (e.g., examining issues/complaints, taking corrective action, etc.)


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

  • Integrated forestry experience in fire management, public lands management and private lands management
  • Broad leadership experience that includes most of the activities listed above.
  • Forestry program management experience, including several of the following:

– Developing program goals and objectives (i.e., annual work plans)

– Implementing established program goals and objectives (i.e., annual work plans)

– Identifying initiatives or work activities to enhance delivery of customer service and products

– Monitoring program effectiveness, efficiency and results

– Ensuring program integration with other natural resources programs


It’s critically important that your application materials (which must include a resume, letter and IQS Master Record) clearly describe your 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 “Apply for Job” 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 application materials must include a resume, letter of qualifications, and your IQS Master Record.  If necessary, please include any additional documentation needed to support your fire qualifications if the IQS Master Record does not adequately state it.

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. It’s 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 submit your application materials is Tuesday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Don’t miss this great career opportunity!

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