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 complete the application and interview process, as well as 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.


Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance; and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $85,020.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

Role Overview:

This is a Branch Chief position in the Office of Water Quality. This Branch Chief oversees three sections including OWQ Operations, Stormwater, and Wetlands.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve program-specific goals, measures, and milestones based on the agency priorities, program objectives, and feedback from internal and external customers.
  • Develop policy guidelines, technical procedures, and administrative procedures as needed to ensure consistent, efficient, and coordinated operations of the sections within the branch.
  • Anticipate the resources needed of the program and ensure that those resources are available in a timely, efficient, and effective manner.
  • Strive to promote effective and constructive communication among agency staff to build trust and a cooperative team spirit.
  • Establish a synergistic relationship as necessary with federal, state, and local agencies, other offices within the agency, the regulated community, the environmental community, and the general public.
  • Serve as an agency resource regarding technical policy issues.

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 requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Seven (7) years of experience in environmental health, environmental management, public administration, public health, or related experience; plus, one (1) additional year of supervisory or managerial experience in these areas.
    • A combination of experience and accredited college and/or graduate training (concentration in Agriculture, Agronomy, Air Resources Management, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Physics, Environmental Affairs, Public Health, and Water Resources Management preferred) may be considered.
  • Broad knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of environmental sciences.
  • Thorough knowledge of the federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to the cleanup of properties throughout the state.
  • Thorough knowledge of managerial theories and principles and ability to apply knowledge to manage multiple programs through subordinate supervisors.
  • Ability to represent the Assistant Commissioner on important issues and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective work relationship with individuals at all levels of state government, US EPA representatives, and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.

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 Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • 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 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at jobs@spd.IN.gov.


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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