Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana’s citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.


Position-specific Information:

This position oversee our aquatic vegetation permit program and is responsible for issuing all aquatic vegetation permits. The position generates revenue through the fee required for permits.



This position traditionally starts at $45,396 per year and may be commensureate with education and experience.


About the Job:

As the Biologist, you will be responsible for serving within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and be responsible for the region wide application of professional biological knowledge and techniques to complete major programs. You will identify, conduct, and evaluate research projects and management programs related to the status, ecology, distribution, and demographics of wildlife, habitat associations, and response(s) to changing environmental conditions, management actions, acceptable levels of take, and regulated legal harvest. As a Biologist, you may work in both a management and research capacity and has interjurisdictional responsibilities.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develop, execute, and direct research or management of programs on a large resource or large geographic region that covers multiple districts.
  • Coordinate with other states and participate on multistate management teams for interjurisdictional resources.
  • Identify resource and research priorities through input, strategic plans, work plans, statewide surveys, and public input.
  • Coordinate university and multistate research projects.
  • Program administration of environmental and habitat projects including applying for and managing federal grants and managing environmental permitting processes.
  • Design, develop, and implement surveys for the purpose of analyzing and tracking data to present scientific findings.
  • Coordinate scientific investigations and research findings through internal and external forums.
  • Review technical materials and attend professional meetings to keep abreast of new developments.
  • Prepare and present evidence exhibits in court and act as an expert witness in courts of law and/or hearings.
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You’ll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree within a Natural Resource related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem-solving abilities.
  • Thorough knowledge of biological principles, ecological variables, and interactions of species.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to the environment and habitat management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories, and the ability to apply them.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of work, shop, and office equipment.
  • Ability to prepare and present evidence and to act as an expert witness in a court of law and /or hearing.
  • Ability to improvise and adapt methods and equipment for specialized tasks.
  • Ability to read, use, and manipulate topographic maps, aerial photographs, wetland delineation maps, soils maps, and ArcGIS mapping systems.
  • Ability to use R as a statistical package for data analysis.
  • Ability to communicate and influence stakeholders concerning the management of species, habitats, and recreational values.
  • Ability to budget and allocate resources effectively.
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow.
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets.

This person must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment:

  • Ability to obtain and hold an Indiana driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain professional licenses or certifications as required by the specific job duties such as pesticide applicators license, burn card, chemical immobilization certificate or similar specific licenses.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.