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Floodplain Mapping Program Manager

Wisconsin DNR

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Location: Madison, WI
Type: Full Time
Posted: 02/17/2022
Deadline to Apply: 03/26/2023
Payrate: $72,800 - $93,600 annually

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Bureau of Technology Services is recruiting to fill a Floodplain Mapping Program Manager (IS Data Services Specialist, Senior or Specialist) vacancy. This position will be stationed out of the Department of Natural Resources Central Office building located in Madison, Wisconsin with telework availability for a portion of the workweek. This position will have occasional travel throughout Wisconsin and occasionally out of the state but is typically infrequent.

State of Wisconsin benefits include excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote wellness. We offer a team-orientated atmosphere and a focus on work-life balance, flexible working schedules for most positions, and the ability to flex hours with supervisor approval.

The DNR excels at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry. Click here to see what working for the State of Wisconsin is all about!

Position Summary

If you have strong project or program management skills and are interested in GIS, water resources, terrain analysis and cartography, this position may be for you! In addition to assisting Wisconsinites and partnering with a federal agency and local communities, this position is responsible for the overall management of Wisconsin’s Floodplain Mapping projects. This position will coordinate all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff assignments, track project schedules, manage budgets, and coordinate grant application materials. Coordination of all GIS-related aspects of cooperative floodplain mapping efforts with FEMA, which are needed to develop Wisconsin specific flood maps, is required. This includes preparation, submittal and management of detailed federal project grants related to digital map production. The position also serves as the Floodplain Mapping Program GIS technical lead and makes recommendations with minimal supervisor review.

The position will also support development of appropriate systems to allow for automation of map production and reporting and is responsible for ensuring compliance with FEMA’s floodplain mapping process. The position will develop advanced GIS databases and technical tools to improve efficiency of automated mapping and be responsible for review of data production by GIS staff. The position will also serve as a project lead for assigned projects.

For a detailed position description, click the following links: Senior or Specialist 

Salary Information

Starting pay is $35.00 – $45.00 per hour ($72,800 – $93,600 annually), depending on level and qualifications.

Pay on appointment for current or former state employees is based on the State Compensation Plan.

The IS Data Services Senior is in pay schedule/range of 07-34 and the IS Data Services Specialist is in pay schedule/range 07-33. A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Job Details

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.

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.


Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications to be considered for this position:

A minimally qualified applicant will have all of the following:

  • Experience facilitating or coordinating complex project teams with multiple contributing members including task delegation, prioritization, tracking, communication, and calibration.
  • Experience in project and/or grant management to include tasks such as cost estimating, bidding and bid document creation, writing or reviewing requests for proposal (RFPs), grant application, tracking and communicating project scope, schedule, and budget to necessary stakeholders.
  • Professional experience performing GIS data management including conversion and transformation, GIS data editing, quality control, metadata management and creating maps to defined specifications using Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcGIS Desktop software (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro).

In addition to the above qualifications, well qualified applicants will have one or more of the following:

  • Professional experience with GIS scripting and/or development of automation routines for complex geospatial data processing or mapping tasks. Such experience would include tasks such as development of ESRI Model Builder geoprocessing tasks, automation with Python or other scripting/coding language, or development of other add-ins or enhancements for GIS-related processes or software. Extra consideration will be given to candidates that have GIS support of water resources, water resource engineering, flood modeling, and/or flood mapping.
  • Knowledge of FEMA’s GIS data structure requirements and mapping processes for creation or modification of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and professional experience in the use of GIS and FEMA software tools for developing and updating FIRMS, preferably including the use of the FEMA Mapping Information Platform (MIP) for project tracking.
  • Experience working independently or as a primary lead in applying for and concurrently managing multiple grants at the state or federal level, FEMA-related grant experience a plus.

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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.