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Forester Specialist

Date Posted:  Sep 3, 2021
Requisition ID:  227061

Dugger, IN, US, 47848

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 and the Division of Forestry:

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 Division of Forestry supports multiple uses: recreation, timber production, watershed protection, hunting, and healthy fish and wildlife populations. District Foresters can assist landowners with inspections and management plans tailored to satisfy individual forest stewardship objectives. State nurseries provide stock for landscaping, windbreaks, fire control, and other uses.  This role oversees Greene-Sullivan State Forest and private lands.

Salary Information:

This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $42,692.

About the Job:

As the Forester Specialist, you will perform specialized technical work within the Division of Forestry in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Your general purpose will be to ensure proper development, maintenance, and utilization of forest areas in Indiana.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plan, develop, and administer forestry programs which frequently involve federal, state, and local agencies, and private individuals/businesses.
  • Manage and assist in the collection of forest resource data for state and federal programs.
  • Provide specialized guidance and coordination in area of expertise, making recommendations to division heads for program objectives.
  • Lead in the training and employee development of lower-level employees.
  • Research new and existing programs and literature for use in the program planning.
  • Prepare and deliver oral and written reports and presentations interpreting the results of inventory data.
  • Assist with ancillary studies associated with the Forest Inventory and Analysis 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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What We're Looking For:

  • Thorough knowledge of forestry and forest management.
  • Thorough knowledge of program area and program administration, including rules and regulations.
  • Specialized knowledge of botany and tree identification.
  • Specialized knowledge of forest mensuration and silviculture.
  • Specialized knowledge of computer operations including Microsoft Office and GIS software.
  • Extensive knowledge of new forestry programs and ability to incorporate this knowledge in program planning.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Basic knowledge of land surveying.
  • Ability to supervise and direct work of others.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

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) 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.

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