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Urban Forestry Director - DNR

Date Posted:  Jun 15, 2022
Requisition ID:  343207

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 Urban Forestry Director manages and directs the statewide Community and Urban Forestry Program (CUF).  You will develop program initiatives that meet the needs of various communities while educating others about responsible use of natural resources.  Although you will serve in the Division of Forestry, you will collaborate with other divisions and agencies to ensure program success.


A Day in the Life:


​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provide assistance to cities, towns, and non-profit organizations to develop urban forestry programs through long-range management plans, inventories, ordinances, forestry emergency management plans, and other aspects of urban forest management.
  • Develop technical training sessions for urban forestry practitioners, planners, and volunteers in all aspects of urban forestry.  
  • Manage federal and state grant programs for urban forestry by awarding, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects new projects.  You will also inspect and review the financial accountability of close-out projects. 
  • Develop and deliver an effective public information program, advise urban forestry non-profit organizations, and educate groups about emerging technologies.  
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other state agencies, local agencies, and non-profit organizations.
  • Provide input to local, state, and national groups regarding urban forestry issues.  


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 You'll Need for Success:


This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry or related discipline with three to five years experience.   Ten years of field experience in urban forestry with an Arborist Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture may substitute for degree requirement.
  • Extensive knowledge of Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources programs.
  • Excellent administrative and managerial skills to effectively plan and direct the CUF program.
  • Thorough knowledge of urban forestry practices, technologies, and programs such as Tree City USA.
  • Ability to lead workshops and communicate the discipline of urban forestry.
  • General knowledge of pest and disease, silviculture practices, timber marketing, and utilization applications.
  • Thorough knowledge of audio-visual and social-media technologies.
  • Extensive grant writing capabilities.
  • Able to serve a wide variety of customers.
  • Thorough knowledge of political protocols on all levels of government including non-profit governmental boards.
  • Knowledge and ability to effectively adapt midstream to any situation and to transition smoothly without effecting customers.

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) 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.





This position traditionally starts at $37,778 - $41,555, but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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