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LTE - CWD Wildlife Biologist (Dodgeville)

We are 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 Wisconsin DNR is hiring an LTE – CWD Wildlife Biologist located at our DNR Service Center in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

The CWD Wildlife Biologist will perform lymph node collection from harvested deer and work with cooperators around southern Wisconsin to collect samples and delivery them to the CWD processing center. This position will perform some habitat work on public lands and some pheasant stocking as time allows. The selected candidate must be able to drive a state vehicle. Candidates with three (3) or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents in the past two (2) years, or who have an OWI/DUI violation within the past year are barred from driving state vehicles.

75% - CWD sample collection. Lymph node collection from harvested deer, gather samples collected by cooperators, work with cooperators to support their CWD sample collection efforts. 

10% - Perform habitat work on public lands. Working to control the spread of invasive species through mechanical and chemical control methods. Implementing the habitat management plans for a given property. Some heavy equipment operation will be required.

10% - Pheasant stocking. Release farm raised pheasants a onto public land for public hunting.

5% - Other duties as assigned

Pay rate is between $15.00 - $16.00 per hour depending on experience and training.

This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. LTE positions do not automatically lead to permanent state employment or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees; however, these positions do offer valuable work experience and an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities with the Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin.  

LTE employees are limited to working 1039 hours per position within a twelve-month period.

In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. 

The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID. Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus - COVID-19 ( for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change. The Department of Natural Resources conducts criminal background checks on final applicants before they can be offered a position. Please note that a criminal charge or conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from state employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire. The 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.

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.

Required Qualifications: 
- Possess a valid Driver's License and meet the requirements to drive a state vehicle
- Ability to work outside in any weather condition, as well as independently and on a team
- Excellent organization and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications: 
- Knowledge of Chronic Wasting Disease
- Knowledge of native plant communities of southern Wisconsin
- Experience with basic Microsoft office programs

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For any position-related questions, please feel free to contact Michael Dampf at

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