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Resource Specialist

Date Posted:  Jun 26, 2024
Requisition ID:  445778

Boonville, IN, US, 47601


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


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. Administratively, ISDA reports to the Lt. Governor, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state, and federal levels, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.


Role Overview

Incumbent serves at the senior level in a field location with the Division of Soil Conservation providing soil and water resource-related technical assistance to agricultural and urban land users within a regional team. In this position, the incumbent will assist and conduct engineering field surveys to determine structural and agronomic erosion and sediment control practices on agricultural lands. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with their assigned Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), actively encouraging the adoption of conservation best management practices. This collaborative approach ensures a unified effort towards conservation. The incumbent will be a key player in our Indiana Conservation Partners team, meeting with landowners to promote the continued pursuit of conservation efforts. Their role in encouraging the installation of planned practices and proper maintenance of previously applied practices is highly valued and essential to our mission.


This position will be located in a USDA Service Center serving Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. 


Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $53,222.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conduct engineering field surveys for the purpose of designing structural and agronomic erosion and sediment control practices on agricultural land.
  • Prepare the design and completes engineering field layout of erosion and sediment control practices.
  • Meet with land users to encourage continued pursuit of conservation efforts, installation of planned practices, and proper maintenance of previously applied practices.
  • Prepare time and progress reports and maintains field office records of ongoing projects.
  • Coordinate with other ISDA Resource Specialists to ensure that technical assistance requests are being adequately serviced.
  • Work closely with the regional partners to efficiently accomplish workload throughout the regional team.
  • Maintain 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 profile 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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • 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.
  • Be willing to travel with reasonable accommodation. 
  • Commitment to maintain standards and address issues in a timely, professional manner.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


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 Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • 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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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