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 environmental education.


Role Overview:


The Natrual Resources Inspector is housed in the DNR Department of Water and provides field-contact and insprection activites associated with public freshwater lakes to ensure compliance and enforcement of environmental laws.  You will inspect outlet structures, recommend repairs and/or maintance of the outlet structures, monitor lake levels, and inspect construction at state-managed properties to ensure protection of natural resources.  You will also respond to citizens’ concerns about lake level issues and provide public outreach and coordination.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Perform field inspections, document findings, and prepare accurate inspection reports to determine compliance with contract documents and the environmental protection performance standards of state and federal laws.
  • Conduct inspections to ensure compliance with relevant contacts and permit requirements.
  • Conduct technical reviews of permit applications and permit revisions.
  • Communicate issues found in the field with contractors and agency personnel, clearly and objectively.
  • Gather evidence for investigations, initiate violation investigation files while cooperating with appropriate personnel, and prepare notices of violation.
  • Assess the impacts of violations and make recommendations needed to mitigate a violation.
  • Maintain and update investigation, compliance, and enforcement information databases.
  • Conduct field sampling, analyze data, and make recommendations for remediation strategies.
  • Aid in the development, design, and management of construction projects.
  • Prepare data and information on technical and administrative operations.
  • Seek coordination and cooperation on projects and programs.
  • Provide compliance assistance by reviewing proposed construction projects and explaining the applicable permitting requirements to property owners, consultants, and various government officials.
  • Interpret and enforce laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Assist in the review, revision, and development of standards, regulations, and procedures.
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and workshops to disseminate information, review procedures, and learn new methods and techniques.
  • Conduct liaison activities providing technical assistance, public outreach, and coordination.
  • Testify as an expert witness at administrative hearings and court proceedings.
  • Assist department legal staff in litigation.
  • Respond to requests from other agencies, industry, and the general public regarding compliance and technical objectives of the division.
  • Respond to emergency situations (i.e. spills, fires, blowouts) and coordinate actions with other local, state, and federal agencies and communicate orally and in writing with the central office.


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:

  • Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, agriculture, natural resources, environmental sciences, construction management/technology, or physical sciences from an accredited college or a degree in a related field plus comparable work experience.
  • Be willing to travel with reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to organize and conduct inspections in a professional manner, while applying regulations to the specific situation, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations.
  • Ability to document field inspections in an accurate, complete, and concise manner.
  • Ability to use technical field equipment.
  • Working knowledge of computers, databases, and common software.
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices, and principles as they relate to the position.
  • General knowledge of State and federal laws and regulations pertaining to area of responsibility and the ability to interpret and apply them.
  • Knowledge of agency policy, procedure, and objectives.
  • Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action.
  • Ability to coordinate and interpret complex construction documents, maps, plans, and technical data.
  • Specialized knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and other environmental sciences for the identification and mitigation of potential toxic materials and environmental impacts.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing, including technical writing and presentations.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective contributing member in a teamwork environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to mentor and supervise staff with less training.
  • Ability to work outside under extreme weather conditions.

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 $41,600 – $45,760 per year and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.