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Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) Grant Specialist

Date Posted:  Nov 18, 2021
Requisition ID:  283541

Chesterton, IN, US, 46304


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 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.



The starting salary for this position is $37,778 and may be commensurate with education and experience.


About the Job:

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) Grant Specialist position functions as part of a team to perform professional and administrative duties required to implement the Lake Michigan Coastal Grant Program. Housed within the DNR’s Division of Nature Preserves, the Lake Michigan Coastal Program works to enhance the State’s role in planning for and managing natural and cultural resources in the coastal region and to support partnerships between federal, state and local agencies and organizations. The Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program relies upon existing laws and programs as the basis for achieving its purposes.


In this role as a Grant Specialist, you will be responsible for administering the Coastal Grants Program, which is essential to the LMCP. You will also provide support for the Coastal Advisory Board, technical assistance on coastal management issues, and maintains an ongoing relationship with coastal communities and other state agencies. In addition, this role works with other state, federal, and charitable foundation programs to seek out further funding opportunities for local agencies and organizations. 

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 


Annual Grant Cycle:

  • Develop draft grant program guidance for advisory group review;
  • Incorporate Coastal Advisory Board comments into draft grant program guidance for public comment;
  • Announce, coordinate, and prepare necessary information for annual public meetings to collect comments on grant program guidance;
  • Prepare a summary and record of public comments on the grant program guidance for the Coastal Advisory Board;
  • Incorporate Coastal Advisory Board and public comments on grant program guidance and prepare final guidance for Board approval;
  • Coordinate review and final approval of project review criteria;
  • Coordinate all public Coastal Advisory Board regular meetings, special meetings, and any public open house or hearings that might be necessary; and
  • Develop news releases as necessary to inform the public of upcoming events;
  • Develop and maintain up to date information to be included on the website;
  • Prepare documents and reports required by the federal grant award;
  • Participate in and present information at meetings, committees, conferences, seminars, and workshops.


Grant Project Development/Support:

  • Develop efficient, comprehensive granting processes and materials for the Coastal Grants Program in compliance with state regulations and federal grant guidance;
  • Maintain comprehensive database with geographically referenced data for the Coastal Grants Program;
  • Prepare and present grant workshops for eligible applicants;
  • Working with applicants, ensure complete applications are submitted to the Lake Michigan Coastal Program with all required state and federal documentation;
  • Help grant applicants prepare necessary documentation to seek State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) clearance;
  • Help grant applicants coordinate projects with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Nongame Section to ensure that projects do not adversely impact state or federally endangered species;
  • Prepare complete state review packet, including project summaries, for all eligible applications for state review and selection;
  • Help the Operations Specialist coordinate financial reporting requirements and project start up with DNR Grants Management Section
  • Compile project information necessary for grant reports to NOAA Office for Coastal Management according to federal guidance;
  • Conduct on-site inspections and meet with municipal, county, and state agencies to discuss development and or planning activities, resolve conflicts, identify sensitive and hazardous areas, and present resource protection and management concepts;
  • Contribute to the development of an annual report on the Coastal Grants Program.


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 We're Looking For:

  • Bachelors degree in natural resources science field
  • Three or more years of grant management experience preferred

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Organizational skills with the ability to manage many responsibilities and duties
  • Skill in preparing and conducting public presentations and meetings
  • Ability to work well on contentious issues with a diverse public
  • Knowledge of Great Lakes physical and biological systems and coastal processes
  • Broad knowledge of coastal resources and means available to protect them, including dunes, natural areas, wetlands, endangered species and their habitat, surface and ground water quality, recreational areas and fisheries
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental statutes and federal, state, and local government functions 
  • Broad knowledge of state regulations, which agencies have jurisdiction over them, and knowledge about  state processes, operating procedures, and policies which may apply to the LMCP

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


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