Wisconsin Bureau of Fisheries Management Seeks Communications Specialist

Contact: Candy S. Schrank
Location: GEF2, 101 S Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703
Telephone Number: (608) 267-7614
Hourly Rate: $15.000 per hour. depending upon qualifications
Duration: Job starts approximately October 8, 2012

Job Description: This is a half-time, professional position in the Bureau of Fisheries Management. This position will develop and implement enhancements to Wisconsin’s advisory communication program based upon a good understanding of health, fisheries, and public communication sciences. The incumbent will work under the direction of the Fisheries Management Toxicologist in cooperation with Fisheries, Communication, and the Department of Health Services – Environmental Health programs. Job Duities: 45% – Improve outreach to anglers, people who eat fish, and communities interested in fisheries and Wisconsin’s areas of concern. Respond to public inquiries. Identify and participate in public involvement options. 25% – Develop information and education materials for the fisheries program related to consumption of fish including use of electronic media outreach tools. 10% – Assist, evaluate and implement results of the Great Lakes Consortium’s assessment of fish consumption health advisory communications (Cornell University GLRI project). 10% – Report quarterly on all efforts including success, obstacles, and effectiveness. 10% – Assist in data entry, sample processing, and other tasks as assigned by the Fisheries Toxicologist pertaining to the fish contaminant monitoring and advisory program.

Knowledge Required: Well qualified applicants will have a four-year degree in communication, science or another related field and general knowledge of fisheries, biology, and public health sciences. They will have experience in synthesizing scientific information into appropriate messages for the public and using Microsoft Office software. In addition, a well-qualified candidate will have knowledge of fish contaminants such as PCBs, mercury and factors affecting bioaccumulation. Experience with database design, data analysis and graphics software, Dreamweaver, CSS and HTML, and Adobe Creative Suite applications will be beneficial. They will have good organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills and a clear writing style.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2012

To Apply: Submit Form 9100-162 LTE Application (hard copy also available at most DNR offices) , resume, cover letter and references to:

Candy S. Schrank
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
RE: Job Code 7799

Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information: This position is half-time (50%) for one year, dependent upon funding. It is expected that the norm will consist of 20 hours per week but this amount will vary some weeks depending on travel or workload demand. ** In your Cover Letter, please state your interest in the position, highlighting your professional experience, training, and strengths in meeting the position requirements.