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.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR):

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.



The starting salary for this position is $37,778 and may be commensurate with education and experience.


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.


Salary Information:

This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $47,476; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.


About the Job:

The hydraulic engineer works in dams and levees within the Department’s statutory jurisdiction (Indiana Code 14-27-7.5 & 14-27-7).  An employee in this position works at a professional, independent level to analyze and review data, perform hydraulic and hydrologic assessments, create dam failure modeling and other IEAP documentation, for the Indiana Regulation of Dams, Indiana Flood Control Act, and the Indiana Lakes Preservation Act. This would include activities associated with dam inspections, hydrolgy & hydraulic modeling for inundation mapping,  recommendations, schedules for upgrades, and follow-ups on high hazard dams within the state‘s jurisdiction. As a professional engineer, work performed includes inspection team participation for the State owned high hazard dams, review of inspection documents on non-state high hazard dams, development of recommendations for safety improvements, preparation of professional reports, participation in public meetings, and serving as an expert witness in legal proceedings.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:
•    Review, perform, and conduct hydraulic and hydrologic computer modeling using sound engineering judgment, following Division standards and procedures, for the dam and levee safety program associated with the performance of existing and proposed structures and the creation of dam failure modeling and other IEAP documentation.
•    Participating in team dam safety risk evaluations and in the new low head dam program.
•    Plan, specification, report, and technical data review, comprehension, and preparation.
Reviews, evaluates engineering inspections and field audits/follow up visits on non-state owned high hazard dams fo compliance with state statute, policies and Indiana’s Dam Safety Inspection Manual.
•    Participates in technical multi-disciplinary dam safety team engineering inspections on state owned high hazard dams.
•    Reviews engineering plans and technical documents for proposed work to ensure compliance with inspection recommendations.
•    Advising and, if necessary, directing during emergency conditions at dams and levees.
Addresses inquiries and educates customers about the dam/levee safety program.
•    Participates in field / office meetings related to dam and levee safety.
•    Prepares well-written reports, letters and memos on findings.
•    Stays current with rapidly changing field of dam safety.
•    Adapts to changing engineering practices and technologies in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, and dam and levee safety.
•    Perform related duties as required.
·    Helps prepare documents for testimony for legal and legislative initiatives.

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:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil or agricultural engineering (soil and water option) from a 4 year accredited engineering program at a college or university.
  • A minimum of 3 years of responsible appropriate technical work experience.  A Master’s Degree may substitute for 1 year of work experience. A Doctorate may substitute for 2 years of work experience
  • Appropriate technical work experience must include experience in hydrologic and hydraulic
    engineering, experience in regulatory review of engineering plans and knowledge of the principles,
    practices, theories and methodologies of water resources engineering, field inspection practice, skill in recognizing failure mechanisms of earthen embankments & concrete structures, practical understanding of material testing and performance, analytical modeling, and direct involvement with structures where public safety was paramount.
  • Registration as a professional engineer certified to conduct work in the State of Indiana is preferred. Licensure as EIT with prospect of getting PE within a year are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge in hydraulic modeling using HEC-RAS, as well as 2D models, for floodplain mapping, dam break analyses
  • Knowledge in hydrologic modeling using HEC-HMS to develop flows for hydraulic models and familiarity with hydrologic modeling software such as HEC-HMS, TR-55
  • Knowledge in ArcGIS, AutoCad and software related to database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software program
  • Knowledge and ability to apply the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of civil engineering.
  • Knowledge of Indiana laws pertaining to dam and levee safety.
  • Ability to deal with hostile dam and levee owners.
  • Ability to work outside under extreme weather conditions.
  • Abillty to establish and maintain professional working relationships with associates, consultants, governmental representatives and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with the public over the phone addressing inquiries.
  • Ability to express ideas orally and in writing, including technical writing.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse project team and possess strong teamworking skills.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and to maintain an Indiana driver’s license.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

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.