These positions will be working in a partnership capacity with Dane County Parks and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) wildlife management program to perform a broad range of natural community restoration activities on county and state lands in Dane County Wisconsin.
Work will primarily involve invasive species management, prescribed burning, property management, maintenance and daily operations of equipment, biological monitoring of game species, and working with volunteers to restore lands. These positions work under the supervision of Dane County's Botanist/Naturalist and work closely with WI DNR Wildlife Management Staff.
The positions will represent the Parks Division in a public setting and must follow all county work rules and position requirements. Key responsibilities include restoration project implementation, prescribed burning, vegetation management using a variety of equipment (chainsaws, brush cutters, UTVs, sprayers, farm tractors, and other heavy equipment), seed collection, providing guidance and direction to volunteers, and communicating with adjacent landowners, Friends groups, and local units of government. A well-qualified applicant will have a genuine interest in natural community restoration.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Evaluate existing vegetation and site conditions.
Conduct invasive species removal through multiple methods including herbicide application, weed whacking/mowing, and chainsaw operation.
Serve as a prescribed burn crew member, including preparing units and post-burn mop-up/monitoring.
Monitor work through all phases of restoration.
Provide project communication through updates, personal contacts, notices and meetings with stakeholders.
Maintain work task logs and herbicide use reports
Collect, process/clean, and plant native seed
Work cooperatively with volunteers, park groups, adjacent landowners, and local municipalities.
Ensure project implementation remains compliant with local, state, and federal regulations
Assist in various wildlife surveys including summer deer observation and waterfowl banding activities
Operate and maintain land management equipment including chainsaws, powered cutters, mowers, ATVs, sprayers and drip torches.
Education, Experience & Special Requirements
Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in botany, wildlife ecology, biology, or related natural resources field or a combination of education and professional experience in natural resources management totaling four years.
Valid driver's license
Completion of DNR ATV/UTV safety training within one month of start date
Completion of a chainsaw safety course the meets OSHA standards within one month of start date
A willingness to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions, performing physically demanding work, day after day.
Background Check Statement:
Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job's responsibilities. Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position's responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant's criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.). Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Completion of NWCG wildfire training courses S-130/190 and I-100/700 and Work Capacity Test (MODERATE) preferred. This test involves completing a 2-mile walk while carrying a 25lb weighted vest in under 30 minutes.
Ability to read maps and navigate to work locations.
Ability to work well with others in a team and lead groups, when needed.
Knowledge of native plants, fauna and soils.
Knowledge of vegetation management and restoration principles and techniques.
Basic knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance including ATV's/UTV's, chainsaws, weed-wackers, mowers, and fire equipment such as pumps, engines, and hand tools.
Familiarity with basic environmental policies and regulations
Basic knowledge of integrated pest management
Knowledge of the safe and effective use of herbicides
Ability to operate a chainsaw safely
Ability to communicate effectively with project supervisors, co-workers, contractors, and partners.