Stormwater Specialist (Entry or Senior

State of Wisconsin
WI, Wisconsin, US
Jun 09, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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The Wisconsin DNR is dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

The results of this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies that may occur within the next six to twelve months. Please apply now if you're interested in working as a Stormwater Specialist in any location statewide. The location for the current job opportunity is primarily Black River Falls or possibly La Crosse. The successful candidate may choose either location based on space availability and managerial approval.
Position Summary
The Stormwater Specialist will implement the Department of Natural Resources' Stormwater Permit program, the urban nonpoint pollution control program, and watershed management activities in an assigned geographic area. Activities will also include issuance of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit coverage for stormwater discharges from municipal , industrial and construction sites; review and approval of stormwater management plans; monitoring of permit requirements; providing guidance and training to permittees ; conducting compliance inspections; and initiating enforcement actions when necessary .

Urban nonpoint pollution control activities will include providing guidance to municipal officials; assistance with grant applications; review of plans for nonpoint pollution and approval of these plans. Watershed management activities include implementation of programmatic objectives and participation on appropriate teams. This position may be required to respond to emergency situations such as spills , fish-kills and other disasters.

Starting pay for the Senior level is $55,120 to $66,560 annually ($26.50/hour to $32.00/hour). Starting pay for the Entry level is $54,080 to $59,280 annually ($26.00/hour to $28.50/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.

The Senior position is included in Pay Schedule/Range 15/03, and the Entry position is included in Pay Schedule/Range 15/04.

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.

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 .

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the successful candidate will be required to work remotely for an indefinite period of time upon hire. A laptop will be provided; however, a high-speed internet connection is essential for this position. Once we are able to return to normal office operations, it is expected that this person will work out of the assigned Service Center with an option to telecommute occasionally.
Applicants must possess the following required qualification to be eligible for this position:

For Entry level:

Experience * related to stormwater management, watershed management, water resources management or a related science field (e.g., environmental science, geology, chemistry, soil science, etc.)

* NOTE: Experience may be gained through an academic training course; internship; temporary summer employment; volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment

More than one year of professional work experience managing major environmental or regulatory projects related to stormwater or other water-related fields

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
  • Experience developing or revising regulatory policies, standards or guidance
  • Experience submitting or reviewing stormwater or other permit applications or environmental reports
  • Experience designing or reviewing environmental plans or projects
  • Experience mentoring or training internal and/or external stakeholders

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. 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 15 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 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 pre-determined 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 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 apply is 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, June 13. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 28, so mark your calendars now!

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