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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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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.

Though this position is listed at the Bloomington office, the office location is flexible and attempts will be made to accommodate the successful applicant.

Salary Information:

This role starts at a base salary of $52,208.

About the Job:

In this role as a Deer Biologist, you will function at a professional level in the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife and be responsible for the administration and implementation of all facets of Indiana’s statewide white-tailed deer program. You will design, coordinate, and conduct scientific investigations to address the population ecology and management of white-tailed deer in Indiana. You will also serve as Indiana’s technical representative to local, state, regional, and national resource agencies, working groups, private conservation organizations, and professional societies. You will routinely provide information to the general public, hunters, agency administrators, media, and academic institutions.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serve as Department and Division expert on white-tailed deer and liaison to local, state, regional, and national resource management agencies or groups such as the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) Deer and Wild Turkey Group, Indiana CWD Task Force, and Urban Deer Advisory Group.
  • Design, budget, initiate, and conduct or administer studies to determine the population status, demographics, distribution, and relative abundance of white-tailed deer; their habitat associations and resource utilization; their population response to changing environmental conditions, harvest, and pathogens; and the public’s attitudes and opinions related to the statewide deer management plan, deer hunting, nuisance control efforts, and disease management.
  • Critically analyze relevant data (e.g., deer-vehicle collisions, control permits, harvest demographics, public opinion, hunter effort and satisfaction) to develop science-based harvest recommendations that balance the biological, ecological, recreational, and economical benefits that white-tailed deer bring to the citizens of Indiana.
  • Attend professional meetings and review technical literature needed to keep abreast of advances in the science-based management of deer populations and deer/human interactions with implications to the resource and public health and safety.
  • Draft correspondence that require the signature of the Governor, Department Director, Division Director, Assistant Director of Science and Research, or Wildlife Research Supervisor.
  • As required, appear before the Natural Resources Advisory Council, Commission, or Legislative Study committees to present technical information regarding deer management in Indiana.
  • Prepare and review proposals to develop or modify Indiana Administrative Code, Department non-rule policies, Division policies, or other legal instruments pertaining to wildlife resources.
  • Prepare written reports and related documents to communicate project results including internal reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, popular articles, press releases, newsletters, symposia & workshop proceedings, and documentation needed to meet grant-specific reporting requirements.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information regarding white-tailed deer management.
  • Prepare documents to obtain funding for projects that benefit Indiana white-tailed deer, their habitats, and constituent user groups.
  • Collaborate with other resource professionals and university faculty on cooperative research and management efforts.
  • Supervise and coordinate field and office-based activities of assistant biologists and intermittent employees.
  • Prepare work profiles and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Follow agency procedures to acquire supplies, materials, equipment or labor for the completion of assigned duties.  Maintain all required documentation regarding purchasing, vehicle use, travel, and inventory.

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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D) in wildlife science, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or a comparable natural sciences degree. Relevant experience in the management of white-tailed deer or similar ungulate is desirable. Education and experience should meet or exceed The Wildlife Society’s certification requirements of an Associate Wildlife Biologist.
  • Specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological variables and interactions, water and land management, and the life history/population dynamics of fish and wildlife species.
  • Specialized knowledge of wildlife management and field techniques, scientific methods, procedures and theories, flora and fauna identification, and the ability to apply them in the management and study of fish and wildlife populations.
  • Exceptional communication skills that demonstrate the ability to present the rationale behind science-based management strategies to diverse audiences including agency administrators, legislators, hunters, and the general public.
  • Specialized knowledge of personal computers and relevant software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistical packages, GIS, population modeling, and other pertinent applications).
  • Working knowledge of sporting firearms, weaponry, and other methods used to harvest wildlife.
  • Working knowledge of animal care protocols, wildlife capture, handling, and immobilization techniques.
  • Ability to operate and maintain research equipment and sampling devices such as radio-telemetry equipment, nets, traps, tagging and banding equipment, chemical immobilization equipment, microscopes, quantitative scales, and dial calipers.
  • Understanding of basic remote sensing information, topographic maps, other planimetric and watershed maps, plat books, aerial photos, other cartographic products, and land survey descriptions.
  • Experience operating and maintaining a variety of work, shop, office, and motorized equipment including trucks, trailers, boats, outboard motors, power tools, directional compasses, and hand tools.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to fish and wildlife.
  • Administrative management including ability to budget and allocate existing funding and personnel resources.
  • Skills to supervise staff and organize volunteers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and leadership talents.

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 premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • 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.