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State seeks to hire new foresters

Jan. 4, 2008, is the deadline to apply for entry-level forestry positions with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR Division of Forestry is planning to hire eight to 12 entry-level foresters.

Successful candidates will have an opportunity to "turn their passion for forestry into their life's work," according to Wendy McCown, director of the Bureau of Forestry Services.

Top candidates will be contacted the week of Jan. 21 for mid-February interviews in Rhinelander. June 9 is the anticipated starting date for the Forestry Class of 2008.

McCown said the individuals hired for these forester positions should have a wide range of duties and responsibilities.

More information as well as information on submitting an application may be found on the employment page of the DNR Web site.

Candidates who are invited to join the department will participate in a nine-month training program. During the 18-month probationary period, the new forester will work with a mentor who will help guide their initial assignments.

Freshmen foresters will also have an opportunity to travel throughout Wisconsin and will receive an in-depth orientation to programs and services provided by Forestry Division staff.

Forestry Division staff is responsible for developing and implementing programs to protect and manage Wisconsin's 16 million acres of forest land, 70 percent of which are privately owned.