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:

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.


Position-specific Information:

The Natural Sciences Manager handles all real estate and land actions for the Division of Fish and Wildlife.  Tasks include securing land appraisals, title insurance, title research, land surveys, right of entry, recording easements and deeds, managing and staying current of various real estate leases involving the Division, contacting and staying in touch with potential sellers, handling surplus property disposal, and many other land actions.



The starting salary for this position is traditionally $38,064 annually and may be commensurate with education and experience.


About the Job:

This position serves in the capacity of negotiator/buyer of real property and is responsible for all real estate activities for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife.  Incumbent reports to the Assistant Director, Public Lands, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and works closely with the Director of Land Acquisition, Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this job are as follows:

  • Appraisal-Determine what type of appraisal is needed (USPAP or UASFLA, narrative, summary, limited etc.) for each tract of land DNR may be purchasing.  Contract with and manage the appraiser in this process. Ensure the appraisals are fair, logical and of sound judgement as to value. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that careful selection and coordination with contract appraisers is paramount in successful negotiation of an interest in real estate. It is important to obtain the services of the most qualified and available appraisers; and to guide and direct them to provide the most suitable appraisal for the subject property.
  • Survey-Contract for any boundary survey work needed for acquisition. Review legal descriptions and plats for compliance with state requirements.
  • Title Insurance- Order title insurance to assure the State receives equitable title. Review title policy to ensure quality of title. This means understanding the effect various liens, mortgages, easements, etc. have on title to real property.
  • Negotiation- Negotiations may range from a few thousand to several million dollars. Properties can be rural or urban and range from less than one acre to several thousand acres. Negotiations involve property owners of all types: farmers, corporate executives, land trusts, estates, bankruptcies, other government units, urban homeowners, developers, and individuals.  Incumbent must be able to communicate and effectively negotiate the purchase of property. Negotiations often require weighing different expert opinions from brokers, appraisers, and attorneys. Incumbent must always try to resolve these differences to ensure a successful closing.  Sometimes differences in opinion of value may be from a few thousand to several hundred thousand dollars. Incumbent must be able to clearly look at all facts and decisively negotiate a fair settlement. It is also the incumbent’s responsibility to determine when negotiations are no longer in the State’s best interest.
  • Closing- Ensure that the State receives clear title, free of any liens or encumbrances. Follow the signature process through to make sure the seller is paid in a timely manner.
  • Facilitator- These projects often involve working with and bringing together efforts of several conservation groups, corporations, private citizens, local, State and Federal agencies.  Incumbent’s contacts in the projects include mayors, county commissioners, State Senators and Representatives, Governor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Budget Agency, Auditor Office, Dept. of Administration, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, IDNR, INDOT, IDEM, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, land trusts, Heritage Trust Project & Trust Committees, just to name a few.
  • Easements-Incumbent is responsible for preparing easements from/to the State of Indiana.  The easements may be for ingress-egress or conservation purposes.  Incumbent must determine if the easements are necessary and/or in the State’s best interest, prepare legal descriptions and determine the appropriate compensation.

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:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, real estate or natural resources management or the equivalent experience is preferred.  A valid Indiana Real Estate Broker or Certified General Appraiser License is required.
  • A thorough knowledge of Indiana real estate practice.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to negotiate and make sound decisions that may obligate the State financially.
  • Ability to facilitate between various individuals, groups, organizations and State agencies to ensure a successful transaction.
  • Familiarity with State government operations.
  • The ability to concurrently manage several dozen real estate transactions.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

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 premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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.