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Dispatcher - DNR 3rd Shift

Date Posted:  Nov 19, 2022
Requisition ID:  388286

Bloomington, IN, US, 47401


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 providing educational programming about environmental issues in Indiana.


About the Central Dispatch Center:


The Central Dispatch Center is located at Paynetown State Recreation Center near Bloomington. IN.  Central Dispatch maintains radio contact with Conservation Officers across the state and provides the means for the public, law enforcement agencies, and DNR properties to gain immediate assistance and response.  Central Dispatch also manages calls to report poaching and poluution in state parks, recreation, and gaming areas.


Role Overview:


The Communications Specialist works as a dispatcher at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the DNR Law Enforcement Division and provides statewide communications and information exchange for DNR Conservation Officers.  You will be receive, collate, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information statewide to Division personnel included in emergency situations. The dispatch center supports Conservation Officers in all 92 counties.


We are hiring for two third-shift positions.  Hours will be arranged with the supervisor.  This position will include weekends on a rotating schedule.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Maintain constant contact with field units to ensure officer safety and inform Post Command of all activities. 
  • Receive, analyze, and answer Turn in a Poacher (TIP) and other emergency calls and dispatch while maintaining an accurate radio log. 
  • Perform functions such as routing of correspondence and forwarding all reports. 
  • Relay radio traffic from other DNR properties and personnel. 
  • Compile and record daily attendance variations and schedule changes from the operational districts. 
  • Order and maintain various office supplies for Central Dispatch. 
  • Assist with the coordination of media contacts dealing with drowning, watercraft, Off-Road Vehicles, hunting, and automobile accidents, and personal injury accidents on department properties. 
  • Operate a computer for the purposes of Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) registration, retrieving, analyzing, and entering of Indiana Data and Communications System (IDACS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) information, as well as accessing hunting, fishing, and trapping license information.   
  • Coordinate a multitude of search and rescue efforts including those involving water rescues, K-9 searches, and lost individuals in state and national forests. 


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: 

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE) is required.  
  • Above average communication skills.  
  • Advanced skills in the operation and proper jargon utilized for multiple frequency police radio dispatch procedures.  
  • Advanced skills relative to the operation of various office equipment (typewriter, telephone, fax, alpha pager, 800MHz, calculator, copy machine, microfiche viewer, computer, etc.)  
  • Working knowledge of department programs, state statutes, administrative codes and standard operating procedures, and the ability to research them.  
  • Ability to reference department documents and source material.  
  • Ability to make decisions regarding appropriate action concerning correspondence.  
  • Ability to deal with the public and perform duties under extreme stress situations.  
  • Ability to follow procedures for all dispatch operations in emergencies.  
  • Ability to work alone without constant supervision.  


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 

  • Ability to successfully complete 450 hours of mentored training. 
  • Ability to obtain certificate for IS-700 NIMS introduction training.  
  • Ability to complete ICS-100 Incident Command System introduction training.    
  • Ability to pass IDACS operator and coordinator's test. 
  • Ability to become certified in Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Dispatching.
  • Ability to become certified in telephone CPR.  

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 starts at an annual salary of $42,900.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Bloomington Indiana