Overview

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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

About the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA): 

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. The Director of ISDA is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. The ISDA vision is to be a global leader in innovation and commercialization for food, fuel, and fiber production.  For more info click this link: http://www.in.gov/isda/3240.htm

Salary: 

The starting salary for this position may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture – Division of Soil Conservation Resource Specialist provides soil and water resource-related technical assistance to agricultural and urban land users within a regional team.  The assistance consists of facilitating the application of measures that protect and enhance the quality of soil and water and other natural resources. The Resource Specialist will work cooperatively with conservation partners to finish assigned work and serve as a member of the regional team.

This position will also serve as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) leader for the Lower East Fork White River Watershed. This position will be located in the Salem, IN USDA Service Center and serve Brown, Jackson, Jennings, Scott, and Washington counties.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conducts engineering field surveys for the purpose of designing structural and agronomic erosion and sediment control practices on agricultural land.
  • Prepares the design and completes engineering field layout of erosion and sediment control practices.
  • Meets with land users to encourage continued pursuit of conservation efforts, installation of planned practices, and proper maintenance of previously applied practices.
  • Prepares time and progress reports and maintains field office records of ongoing projects.
  • Coordinates with other ISDA Resource Specialists to ensure that technical assistance requests are being adequately serviced.
  • Works closely with the regional partners to efficiently accomplish workload throughout the regional team.
  • Maintains close working relations with personnel of other divisions in the Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.

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 of Science degree from an accredited university or college in physical or earth sciences, natural resources, biology, or agriculture. Three years of applicable work experience may substitute for the required degree.
  • Advanced knowledge of soil and water conservation theories, principles, techniques, and practices, and expertise in the design, application, installation, and maintenance of those practices.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively, and excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Advanced knowledge in surveying and layout of conservation practices.
  • Effective understanding of modern farm equipment, practices, and specific knowledge of equipment, application, and operation.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Commitment to maintain standards and address issues in a timely, professional manner.

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.

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