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 State Forest Property Resource Manager is a senior-level position in the Division of Forestry.  You will provide leadership in managing all aspects of the 160,000-acre State Forest system.  You will guide the direction, planning, and assistance to property foresters in the sustainable management of forest and closely-allied natural resources.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Administration of the State Forest Resources Management Program.
  • Administration of the State Forest Land Acquisition Program.
  • Administration of the State Forest Boundaries/Survey Program.
  • Assist with the State Forest inventory System.
  • Assist with the State Forest Certification Program.
  • Manage Land Use Easement and Permitting Program.
  • Direct and manage the Natural Areas program on the State Forests.
  • Prepare time and progress reports and maintain office records of ongoing projects.
  • Coordinate the efforts of Resource Foresters to ensure that management goals and objectives are meet in coordination with the assistant state forester for properties.
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.


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:


To be consider for employment:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university or college in forest management. Five years of applicable work experience is preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of forest management and 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.
  • Knowledge in surveying and property ownership records is important.
  • Be willing to travel with reasonable accommodation.
  • Commitment to maintain standards and address issues in a timely, professional manner.
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow.
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, and programs pertaining to forest management.
  • Working knowledge of computer operations, Microsoft Office Suite, and ArcGIS.


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment:

  • Obtain and retain an Indiana driver’s license.
  • Obtain a pesticide applicator license and appropriate category within the first year of employment and retain.
  • Successfully complete basic wildland fire courses (red card certified) and prescribed burning course within the first two years of employment.

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) 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;



Salary for this position is commensurate with education and/or experience.



Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.