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Environmental Manager - Water

Date Posted:  May 21, 2022
Requisition ID:  331088

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


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.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


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.


Position Overview:


The Environmental Manager receives and reviews permit applications to ensure compliance of the federal, state, and local floodplain management programs.  You will conduct field inspections to determine and delineate jurisdiction and to assess a site for appropriate regulatory rules.  This includes determining and providing floodplain information as guidance for safe floodplain management, constructing in a flood zone, assessing flood insurance rates, assessing emergency response needs, and meeting state, federal, and local community laws associated with minimizing flood risk.

A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Administer and issue permits under the statutory requirements in accordance with the laws noted above by reviewing and making recommendations on permit applications, plans, and specifications for accuracy, completeness, and technical feasibility
  • Coordinate all Department reviews for the purpose of evaluating applications for permits under the above laws
  • Act as the Department’s “single-point-of-contact” for assigned applications, FARA’s and correspondence 
  • Track and troubleshoot assigned applications, FARA’s and correspondence
  • Assess, determine, and respond in writing to floodplain requests for general construction, establish the jurisdiction in accordance with the laws noted above, and/or flood insurance requirements 
  • Research, compile, and evaluate hydrologic information and data using the best available data to complete the floodplain requests for general construction, and/or to determine flood insurance requirements uses in enforcing local community ordinances
  • Transforms hydrologic and hydraulic data into forms which can be used by the engineering staff within the Division of Water 
  • Performs technical assessment using the best available hydraulic and hydrologic data to compute the effects on the waterway for the purpose of evaluating applications for permits under the above laws
  • As directed by management, conduct field inspections associated with assessing regulatory reviews under IC 14-26-2, IC 14-26-5, IC 14-27-7, IC 14-27-7.5,  IC 14-28-1, IC 14-29-1, IC 14-29-3, IC 14-29-4 and IC 14-25.5
  • Determine, manually delineate, and document, in CADD format, the legal or average normal shoreline on public freshwater lakes to establish the Department’s jurisdiction in accordance with IC 14-26-2
  • Verbally and in writing, report field conditions, lake classifications, and locations of proposed and existing man-made structures with respect to the legal or average normal shoreline of public freshwater lakes
  • Prepare accurate and through inspection reports
  • Sign Department actions and floodplain information responses as specified by management
  • Provide supporting documentation for assigned files in a neat and organized manner in accordance to Division policies
  • Maintain data in various databases used in tracking applications, violations, and general correspondence
  • Use and maintain reference materials in accordance with Division policies
  • Implement a common-sense approach when evaluating the degree of action necessary to assess a construction project
  • Meet with and disseminate administrative and technical information to the general public, other state agencies, county officials, and private consulting firms in relation to the permitting authority in accordance with the laws noted above, floodplain management, and associated Department policies
  • Drive and maintain a state vehicle in accordance with state requirements as needed
  • Use and maintain equipment, hardware, and software utilized and provided by the Division


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee, and some duties listed may vary based on your assigned role. Some duties listed may not fall under the full scope of this position. 

What You'll Need for Success:


You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, or a related field. 
  • At least two (2) years of experience in an environmental or environmental public health field. 
  • Broad knowledge of theories, environmental protection principles and practices, specialty area, and program area. 
  • Thorough knowledge of chemistry, biology, hydrology, mathematics, engineering, and other environmental sciences as they relate to program area. 
  • Thorough knowledge of soil, water, air sampling, laboratory analysis and interpretation as it relates to program area. 
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations of facilities and sites, review projects/situations, read plans, interpret findings, and make recommendations. 
  • Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action. 
  • Excellent research and writing skills for preparing accurate, precise, clear, and thorough reports. 
  • Ability to effectively interact and orally communicate with parties with diverse levels of environmental expertise particularly for purposes of meetings, hearings, and negotiating critically sensitive issues. 
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal terminology and practices, and the ability to apply these in a variety of conditions and situations. 

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;





The starting salary range for this position is $36,688 - $40,356 per year, commensurate with education and/or experience.



Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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