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.


About Sugar Ridge Fish & 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 habitate 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:

  • Conducts field investigations to gather data on fish & wildlife habitat and population status, resource utilization, and management needs;
  • Provides technical assistance and verbal/written management recommendations to private landowners, other state and federal agencies, and local units of government regarding the development, enhancement, restoration, and management and recreational values of fish & wildlife habitat and fish & wildlife populations;
  • Investigates fish & wildlife damage complaints, provides suggestions for alleviating problems, and issues permit for the trapping, removal, destruction, or relocation of specific fish & wildlife according to state/federal laws and policies;
  • Administers financial incentive programs for the development, enhancement, or restoration of fish & wildlife habitats on private lands, and for recreational access to private lands.
  • Provides technical assistance to District Foresters for the implementation of the Classified Forest and Wildlands Act;
  • Conducts environmental reviews and provides recommendations to the Department for the mitigation of fish & wildlife losses resulting from construction projects in floodways and wetlands;
  • Assists other biologists on large-scale research and management projects;
  • Performs general administrative and clerical office duties such as answering mail and telephone requests, writing reports, recording data on various forms and other operational paperwork;
  • Reviews technical bulletins, research, and management reports, and attends professional meetings to keep abreast of new developments;
  • Maintains working relationships with other biologists, various state and federal agencies, accredited academic agencies and communities, and the general public utilizing public speaking, mass media and written communication, and professional communication techniques;
  • Prepares and presents evidence exhibits in court and performs as an expert witness in courts of law and/or hearings;


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:

  • Specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological variables and interactions, and life histories of fish & wildlife species developed through on the job training and relevant experience with a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college in fish or wildlife management or a closely related field;
  • Specialized knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories and the ability to apply them in the management and study of fish & wildlife populations;
  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of work, shop, and office equipment such as trucks, trailers, boats, farm machinery, power tools, hand tools, typewriter, calculator, GPS units, fax machine, copiers, and computer;
  • Ability to prepare and present evidence; or combine with the following requirement.  Ability 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;
  • Knowledge of general administrative and clerical procedures;
  • Ability to communicate in proper written and oral form including the use of audio-visual equipment;
  • Ability to communicate and influence landowners, other state and federal agencies, the general public, and local units of government concerning the management of species and their habitats and their recreational values;
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to the environment and the management of fish & wildlife;
  • Ability to budget and allocate cost-share funds;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a commercial pesticide applicator’s license;
  • Ability to obtain and possess a valid 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 


This position traditionally starts at $42,692 – $46,961 per year and is commensurate with education and experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.