Mississippi River Science Lead

State of Wisconsin
WI, United States
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The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Mississippi River Science Lead in the Division of Environmental Management, Office of Great Waters.  This position will be stationed in our La Crosse, WI office.

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 activities.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   The person in this role will be responsible for leading development, advancement, and transfer of scientific knowledge for restoration and management actions on the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) and other large ecosystems. Provides operational and administrative oversight and support for Wisconsin’s UMR Restoration (UMRR) Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) field station. Oversees and implements environmental data collection by five or more professional staff.

Additionally, this person will help advance initiatives and projects identified in the UMRR Strategic Plan, the annual UMRR Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) Scopes of Work and contributes to longer-term UMRR program priorities and projects. Provides direct oversight and implementation of environmental data collection and analyses to assess and detect changes in ecological status and trends, and in system response to stressors and management actions.

A detailed position description can be found here.

Special Notes:   Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check. DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, 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 upon hire.

Additionally this position is located in a federal office building, therefore employment is contingent on passing a federal background check (fingerprinting) and obtaining and retaining credentials from the federal government.

Qualifications:   Required skills for this position include experience with:
   - Analyzing scientific data to develop knowledge for application to aquatic ecosystem restoration and management actions
   - Scientific proposal development and technical writing
   - Collecting and translating scientific data and findings to both technical and non-technical audiences

Additionally, best qualified applicants will have the following preferred experiences:
   - Degree(s) in aquatic ecology, biology, limnology, water resources engineering, fisheries, or similar related field
   - Project management experience, including having led or guided the work of others
   - Analyzing scientific data to develop knowledge specifically related to the aquatic ecology of the Mississippi River

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