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Wisconsin seeks to fill more than 15 wildlife biologist positions


MADISON (Press Release) – People interested in applying to become a wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources have until Feb. 18 to complete an online application and exam.

"We currently we have more than 15 vacancies, and we expect that number to grow in the next year," says JoAnne Farnsworth, management systems chief for DNR's Bureau of Wildlife Management. "The register from this exam will be used to fill positions for at least a year."

Wildlife biologists develop and implement wildlife management programs using an integrated ecosystem management approach. This includes habitat improvement and coordinating and conducting wildlife monitoring surveys. Biologists' responsibilities include establishing and maintaining partnerships with both public and private wildlife interest organizations.

Incumbents also will implement a public outreach and education program promoting outdoor skills and the future of hunting and trapping in Wisconsin. Wildlife biologists also oversee and conduct property management activities such as land acquisition, infrastructure development and maintenance, and wildlife habitat protection and enhancement for assigned properties.

Farnsworth said DNR cannot provide exact locations where biologists would be stationed at this time because there is a lateral transfer process going on for existing vacancies.

"I'd suggest any candidates able and willing to work anywhere in the state mark "statewide" on their county selections. If not, only choose the counties of interest."

As DNR proceeds to the interview and recruitment exercises there will be more information on position locations.

The goal is to begin interviews in May and have job offers occurring in the second half of the calendar year.

People interested in applying for the positions should visit the Wisc.jobs website and search for wildlife biologist.

The exam closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb 18, 2013, with no exceptions to this deadline.

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