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 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.


About Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area:

The Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area is composed of six areas, totaling approximately 8,500 acres.  Much of area was strip-mined and then donated to the state.  It features about 100 pits and lakes, along with rows of overburden from the mining operation. The land that has not been mined is mostly rough and rolling.  Most revenues are derived from hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses sales. Sugar Ridge also receives federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson program fund to aid fish and wildlife restoration.



Role Overview:

The Biologist, identifies, conducts, and evaluates research projects and manages programs related to the status, ecology, distribution, and demographics of wildlife.  You will be involved in assessing how habitat responds to changing ecosystems, environmental conditions, land development activities, and regulated legal harvest.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plan and conduct scientific investigations to gather data on population status, resource utilization, or environmental conditions for management and research needs.
  • Survey and collect data and samples for process and analysis using standard techniques.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses utilizing a variety of technical equipment.
  • Assist with environmental permitting and reviews.
  • Assist in the evaluation and interpretation of data from analyses and investigations.
  • Classify environmental conditions according to established standards and biological guidelines.
  • Make recommendations for program objectives and policies dealing with routine problems.
  • Write and edit technical reports on daily operations, program implementation, results, and goals obtained.
  • Assist other biologists on large-scale research and management projects.
  • Assist with special programs, projects, and investigations.
  • Research, develop, and apply new methods of analyses and reviews current information.
  • Responsible for the protection and improvement of habitat for all land and aquatic life.
  • Assist with planning and conducting population investigations, compiling, and interpreting scientific data, and writing scientific reports.


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 discipline.
  • Advanced knowledge of botany, ecology, biology, and zoology.
  • Practical knowledge of legal guidelines as they apply to performance of duties.
  • Ability to interpret technical material in books, manuals, and journals; write and/or edit scientific documents.
  • Ability to plan and conduct investigations, surveys, and collection of data, including the ability to deal with unprecedented situations.
  • Ability to analyze samples using various types of equipment and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret data and apply interpretations.
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills.
  • Ability to learn to use statistical packages and other software (e.g., ArcGIS) for data analysis and data retrieval.
  • Possess great organizational skills with the ability to prioritize variable workloads and multiple projects.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships with other staff and external partners/cooperators.


You must satisfy the following requirement to continue employment:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain professional licenses.
  • Must be able to obtain an Indiana driver’s license.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


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. 



The traditional starting salary for this position is $38,792 – $42,671 per year and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.



Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.