WI DNR Now Hiring Foresters in Northeast Wisconsin!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry is recruiting to fill 4 Forester vacancies. The Foresters will be stationed in Northeast Wisconsin with one position in Lakewood, one in Peshtigo, and two in Pembine. The DNR is committed to hiring the best candidate for these positions and is offering a $2000 sign-on bonus for new State employees. The deadline to apply is December 11th, 2022.

These positions direct and provides forest management assistance on private lands, state lands and county forests, to include advice and services to private landowners and property managers; advice and services on state-owned lands; advice and services as the single point of contact or liaison to the assigned County Forest; advice and services on County Forest lands; and advice, services and administration of the Good Neighbor Authority agreement with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Within the assigned area, these positions may be responsible for fire management, which includes fire preparedness, fire suppression, and fire prevention on federal, state, county, and private lands within the assigned area. Implementing and developing the fire suppression, prevention, and forestry law enforcement in the assigned fire response unit and ensures the completion of all fire management activities. This position may include fire line responsibilities such as initial attack, suppression and serves as the Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, or as a Division Group Supervisor/Task Force/Strike Team Leader during fire suppression operations. This position also provides expert training to Fire Department personnel and other partners. This position may be responsible for planning and conducting prescribed burning activities to achieve habitat and property management objectives.

These positions are 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.


A minimally qualified candidate will have knowledge and experience with the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a four-year program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, or equivalent. (Please upload a copy of your transcripts when applying)
  • Training related to fire management, prescribed fire or fire suppression, including structural or wildland fire

Additionally, candidates will have experience or academic experience performing at least two of the following forest land management activities:

  • Implementing forest management plans by marking stands for harvest and setting up timber sales
  • Creating timber sale bid packets and administering timber sales
  • Preparing forest management plans
  • Implementing a reforestation plan, including site preparation
  • Evaluating forest land (including both water & soil resources) and modifying forestry practices to protect areas of special concern, such as wetlands, waterways, endangered species habitat, etc.
  • Developing commercial harvest or non-commercial timber stand improvement prescriptions based on stand assessment
  • Addressing forest health issues, such as insect or disease outbreaks and invasive species infestations

A highly qualified applicant will have experience in one of the following, in addition to the above qualifications:

  • Forest management field experience in the Great Lakes region
  • Master’s degree in forestry or natural resources
  • Field experience managing or suppressing wildland fires or experience as an Incident Commander on a wildland fire
  • Experience training others on fire management techniques and equipment
  • Qualified/Certified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) based on National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards
  • Qualified/Certified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) based on National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards

For more information on how to apply, please see the links below:

Lakewood: https://wj.wi.gov/8364  Pembine 1: https://wj.wi.gov/8367  
Peshtigo: https://wj.wi.gov/8366  Pembine 2: https://wj.wi.gov/8369