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.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources protects, enhances, and preserves natural, cultural, and recreational resources for Indiana residents.  This extends to reclaiming former mining areas, evaluating the impact of land development on waterways and wildlife, and sustaining gaming areas.  DNR is also a leader in providing educational programming about environmental issues in Indiana.


Role Overview:

The Associate Deer Biologist works in the Bloomington field office of the Division of Fish and Wildlife.  You will coordinate and implement a statewide deer population estimation survey that utilizes camera trap data, volunteer-supplied data, and aerial flights with remote cameras.  You will also assist in designing and implementing a comprehensive deer database.


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:

You must meet the following requirement 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.
  • You must satisfy the following requirement 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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access 


Salary for this position traditionally starts at $45,396 – $49,935 per year and is commensurate with education and experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.