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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. This position falls under the Division of Reclamation.
This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $41,600; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.
About the Job:
As the Natural Resource Inspector in this role, you will perform technical duties related to the compliance and enforcement of contacts and environmental laws. You will also provide information and technical service, and 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 contactors 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 makes 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 coordinates actions with other local, state and federal agencies and communicates 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.
What We’re Looking For:
- Valid Indiana driver’s license and ability to drive in varying weather conditions.
- Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a 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.
- 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.
- 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.
What You’ll Need for Success:
- Have the ability to use technical field equipment.
- Working knowledge of computers, databases, and common software.
- 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) 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.