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Heritage Coordinator - DNR

Date Posted:  May 6, 2022
Requisition ID:  308086

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.


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 Heritage Coordinator is a senior-level administrator who oversees the Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center in the Division of Nature Preserves.  You will maintain information on natural resource inventory, biological conservations data, conservation biology, and endagerd species conservation.  Also, you will track the progress of five federally-funded grant projects.


A day in the life:


The essential functions of this role are:

  • Plans, coordinates, supervises, and conducts natural resources inventories for significant elements of conservation including significant natural areas, high quality natural communities and endangered, threatened and rare species;
  • Works with the Division Director to coordinate the endangered, threatened and rare species activities for the Division, and the development of endangered, threatened and rare species lists;
  • Makes land protection and management recommendations;
  • Reviews and approves data gathered by field biologists and coordinates maintenance and updates of natural resources conservation data management systems;
  • Develops, submits, secures, and implements grants for natural resources inventories, land acquisition, nature preserve restoration and management;
  • Actively participates in the international network of natural heritage programs and conservation data centers, including serving as a member of the governing body for the U.S. Section Council of the network association, NatureServe;
  • Advocates use of Natural Heritage data with private citizens, consultants, private conservation organizations, and State and Federal agencies in setting land conservation priorities;
  • Writes contracts and coordinates natural resource conservation projects with consultants and contractors;
  • Coordinates environmental reviews to ensure consistency with department laws, regulations and policies;
  • Assists the Division Director in the planning and implementation of overall division goals and objectives, including budgetary considerations;
  • Conducts interviews, hires, trains, and evaluates subordinate personnel as needed;
  • Reviews technical bulletins and professional journals and attends workshops to keep abreast of new developments;
  • Represents the Nature Preserves Division with various private and governmental entities interested in natural resource data and conservation;
  • Supervises the staff within the Natural Heritage Section of the Division of Nature Preserves.


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 we're looking for:


Required credentials:

  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and methodology of administrative management;
  • Thorough knowledge of department charge and programs;
  • Specialized knowledge of state government administrative structures;
  • Ability to coordinate and motivate diverse, professional and support personnel;
  • Ability to be creative in developing alternatives to meet department’s needs;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships.


Preferred credentials:

  • Master's degree physical, biological, environmental, or earth science, OR, a combination of a Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of applicable experience

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


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 for this position traditionally starts at $47,476 - $52,223 per year 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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