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Season Resource Tech - Dunes

Date Posted:  Jun 21, 2022
Requisition ID:  310721
Location: 

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 Indiana Dunes State Park:
Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic, and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists, and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.


Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides a habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.

 

Salary:

This position starts at a minimum rate of $10.25 per hour and may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

The Seasonal Resource Management Technician performs duties related to the survey, biological monitoring, and/or control of property natural resources. This role will also assist in the maintenance of property facilities and equipment.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

 

General Resource Management Technicians assist with the control of invasive plant species natural area restoration trail maintenance, brush and tree removal, signage, timber marking and/or timber stand improvement based on the property.

Nature Preserves Stewards assists Regional Ecologists to implement habitat restoration and management plans for native plant and animal communities, including endangered, threatened, or rare species.  Further, this role assists with the control of invasive plant species through physical or chemical removal, and natural area restoration (including controlled/prescribed burns).  Stewards also assist with trail maintenance, brush and tree removal, signage, timber marking and/or timber stand improvement based on the property.

Biological Naturalist Aides assist District Biologists with future succession control, food plot plans, fish, wildlife and vegetation surveys.  Duties may include data collection, species monitoring, mowing, planting and managing habitats for wildlife. 

Wildlife Science Technicians assist Wildlife Science Biologists with research and management activities focused on a species or group of species. Duties may include developing and/or conducting surveys, building and maintaining traps and other equipment, coordinating volunteers, entering data, staffing check stations, and processing carcasses.

Entomology and Taxonomy Identifiers sort through samples of exotic forest or tree pests of specific concern.  Survey samples are collected from high risk sites to determine locations of exotic insects and pathogens in Indiana.  Samples of concern are processed and forwarded to a certified taxonomist for further identification and classification.

Nursery Workers collect, weigh, test, bail and grade seedlings for quality and use.  This role also packages tree seedlings and fulfills customer orders.

Creel Clerks interview anglers, collect biological information and tissues from various fish species, and enter data on relevant forms and/or systems.

Classified Forest Program Interns primarily conduct field inspections of forestlands and complete associated reports.  Duties may include assisting with forest inventories, timber marking, educational programs, and timber stand improvement.

 

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:

Candidates shall have a high school diploma or GED or one (1) year of work experience.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Completion of some college coursework in wildlife management, natural resources, biology, ecology, forestry and/or related areas of study is required for some roles.

 

Additional Skill and Ability Preferred:

Ability to understand and apply through on the job training and using previous, relevant experience basic biological principals, ecological variables and interactions, plant identification, herbicide application, invasive plant management techniques (of conservation biology, the management of forests, wetlands, and prairie habitats), and life histories of invasive plants.

Basic knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories applicable to the management of invasive plant populations

Ability to lift equipment, tools, or materials up to 50lbs

Ability to sustain periods of strenuous physical activity

Ability to carry out assignments with general instruction and limited supervision.

 

Additional Comments:

This role may be required to work afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Individuals may experience working in potentially inclement weather.

Individual may be required to wear a DNR provided uniform.

Individuals may experience working directly with offenders.

May be required to travel to additional properties.

May perform duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.). 

May be required to work around potentially dangerous heavy equipment (e.g. tractors, disks, mowers, planters, etc.). 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period  

 

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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