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Outreach Specialist

Date Posted:  Oct 8, 2021
Requisition ID:  267661

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. 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.

Salary Information:

This role starts at a base salary of $37,778; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

As the Outreach Specialist, you will develop and administer education and outreach products and programs for the Division of Fish & Wildlife. This involves conveying complicated fish and wildlife information in an understandable manner to the public, representing the Department and Division through its various customer service channels, and collaborating closely with staff. You will be responsible for a portfolio of duties while at the same time sharing generalist duties on a team of several members. The role of the public engagement team is to advance the mission and goals of the Division of Fish & Wildlife.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Write, develop and implement communication strategies promoting Division of Fish & Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources mission and goals.
  • Provide direction for outreach program development to other Division staff.
  • Write detailed communication plans to simplify and explain complex, technical concepts in an understandable and attractive method.
  • Assist with the creation of digital content for social media, videos, and webinars. 
  • Respond to customer service inquiries via phone, email, and social media. 
  • Serve as project manager on special projects.  
  • Design and implement evaluation methods, using results and data to inform decisions and recommendations for future outreach efforts. 
  • Consult with subject matter experts during program and product development.
  • Assess needs for new fish and wildlife outreach products and programs from emerging issues and Division communication strategies.
  • Review documents for content, spelling, and grammar.
  • Participate on Department and Division workgroups as the advisor on fish and wildlife outreach, education and communication issues.
  • Identify activities and events to promote Division achievements and messaging.
  • Coordinate Division participation in shows and events statewide.
  • Develop show displays, themes and messages as appropriate to target audiences.
  • Act as a Division liaison with Division of Communications staff to ensure accurate fish and wildlife related information is shared on websites, social media, electronic newsletters, news releases and other communication channels.

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:

  • A specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological concepts and life histories of fish and wildlife species, as well as experience engaging the public about natural resources developed through education, on the job training, and related experience.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor degree with two years’ experience or a master's degree from an accredited college in biology, wildlife management, environmental education or communications, public relations, marketing or a related field.
  • Knowledge or experience in social media, video development, website content development, and digital newsletters and emails a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to own and lead projects end to end. 
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation design, social media, web design, and desktop publishing.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize variable workloads.
  • Ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to organize and conduct meetings, classes and seminars of varying size and complexity.
  • Ability to prepare and present educational/informational materials to various types of audiences.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems and  implement creative solutions  that address many differing points of views.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

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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