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Forester - Green-Sullivan SF

Date Posted:  Jun 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  236682

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.  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.


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.


About Greene-Sullivan State Forest:

Greene-Sullivan was founded in 1936 when various coal companies donated more than 3,000 acres of property to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.  Now the forest boasts almost 9,000 acres of beautiful woodland and rolling hills dotted with more than 120 lakes, making it one of the most unique areas in Indiana.  Popular activities include fishing, camping, hunting, picnicking, mushroom hunting, horseback riding, photography, and wildlife viewing.


Position Overview:

As the Forester in Greene-Sullivan State Forest you will provide forestry management for conservation, recreational, and economic purposes.  You will inventory forest stands, administer timber sales, improve forest health by treating invasive species, and provide technical guidance to forest operators. You will also assist in conserving wildlife habitats, water quality, and soil stability in coordination with other DNR departments.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Develop tree management plans including timber harvesting, timber marketing, tree planting, forest inventory, and forest protection.
  • Collect technical forest resource data for state and federal programs.
  • Estimate current and potential woodland growth rates.
  • Establish and maintain public relations with landowners, communities, organizations, wood-using industries, and the public by providing forestry expertise.
  • Provide consulting services to federal, regional, county, and community planning efforts.
  • Write reports on work efforts and record pertinent data.
  • Research new and existing resource information.
  • Administer federal incentive grants for forest and tree management practices.


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 You'll Need for Success:

  • Specialized knowledge of forestry and forest management.
  • Specialized knowledge of forest management, current changes and innovations.
  • Ability to obtain a pesticide applicator license.
  • Ability to manage and prescribe treatment for forest lands and urban trees.
  • Ability to perform various forestry techniques and principals such as measuring forest land and growth rates.
  • Basic knowledge of land surveying.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships with the pubic and other governmental units.
  • 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) 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



Salary Information:


This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $38,792 - $42,131 and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.



Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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