Gypsy Moth Trappers – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS!

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Gypsy Moth Trapper – Limited Term Employee
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Pay will be $14.09 per hour
Michael Falk, Plant Pest & Disease Specialist, (262)899-0199, [email protected]
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Deadline to Apply:
Complete Applicant Materials must be received by 11:59pm on the deadline date.
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Do you love being outdoors? Would you like to be part of State of Wisconsin’s efforts to slow the spread of invasive forest pests? If you answered yes, APPLY TODAY to become a Gypsy Moth Trapper-Limited Term Employee.

The Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is recruiting for Gypsy Moth Trappers (LTE) for multiple locations in Western Wisconsin. The DATCP works hard to serve the people of Wisconsin to assure: safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; animal and plant health; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce.

These positions require excellent math skills, attention to detail, frequent travel, effective communication skills, and the ability to work with little direct supervision. The Gypsy Moth Trapper LTE positions are field based, require varying degrees of activity outdoors every day and will be headquartered in and service one or more counties in Western Wisconsin. 

Position Summary: 

These positions will work up 40 hours per week (during peak season – 10 hour days/ work hours between 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Monday – Thursday only) These seasonal positions will work between mid May and early October 2021, and must work the entire season. Mileage will be reimbursed at $0.51 per mile for use of private vehicles (50 – 250 miles/day). These positions will assist with insect trapping by setting, checking and removing approximately 700 Gypsy Moth traps in predetermined areas. During the season this position will record trap catch data and upload data daily, identify male Gypsy Moths, and communicate daily progress to the lead worker. The trapper will also educate the public about Gypsy Moth and contact residents to gain access to private land. There may be 1-2 weeks of intermittent work between trap setting and checking, and again between trap checking and take-down.Special Notes: 

The ability to repeatedly walk/hike short to moderate distances in rugged/uneven terrain is required.

A background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

Applicant must be a resident of Wisconsin (18 years of age or older), possess a valid driver’s license (or provide one’s own transportation), a reliable vehicle, and proof of current auto insurance.

Applicant must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DATCP sponsorship) at the time of application.

Limited Term Employees are not civil service classified positions, do not have any rights to permanent civil service classified positions, and do not lead to permanent status.


A successful candidate should be comfortable reading maps/plat books and interpreting air photos. Experience with GPS units, smartphones/tablets, and use of computers is preferred but not required. Computer access is required to submit electronic paperwork. Willingness to work independently, including repeated moderate hikes, in isolated outdoor areas, under varying weather conditions is required. Ability to identify male gypsy moths and tree species, record trap placement, and compile and report data is desired. A general background in natural sciences is desired but not required. Excellent math skills, attention to detail, legible handwriting, and strong organizational skills are required for these positions

How To Apply: 

Interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter; which references the county(s) of interest and detailing qualifications for the job, a current resume and two references via email to: [email protected] OR via U.S. Mail to: Michael Falk – DATCP Agricultural Resource Management P.O. Box 8911 Madison, WI 53708

For questions about this job opportunity please email [email protected] or call: (262)899-0199

Complete applicant materials must be received by 11:59pm on March 26, 2021.

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