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Date Posted:  Jan 6, 2022
Requisition ID:  236682

Ferdinand, IN, US, 47532

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.  This position will be with the Classified Forest & Wildlands Program.

Salary Information:

This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $38,792; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

As the Forester, you will serve as an administrator of a multi-county district in the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and provide forestry management assistance and technical guidance to owners of private forest land and timber operators.

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) 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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