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Water Planner - DNR

Date Posted:  Dec 1, 2022
Requisition ID:  401462

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 Indiana Department of Natural Resources protects, enhances, preserves, and wisely uses natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.


About the DNR Division of Water:


The Division of Water collects, maintains, and provides water resource information.  This includes administering surface and groundwater resource assessments, alleviating flood disaster damages, regulating floodplain areas, reviewing dam and levee projects, and educating the community about water efforts and conservation.


Role Overview:


The Water Planner supports initiatives of the DNR Floodplain Management team by assisting in coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Indiana.   You will work with DNR staff and FEMA staff to evaluate communities for compliance with the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP.  You will also assist communities through training and outreach to successfully meet NFIP requirements.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:  

  • Assist with non-structural floodplain management and flood damage abatement to local governmental units, other state governmental units and the general public. 
  • Ensure that local governmental units are complying with the federal and state floodplain regulations. 
  • Conduct meetings with local government to explain federal and state programs for floodplain management and flood damage abatement. 
  • Disseminate information to the general public in both written and oral form and through public presentations, including training workshops. 
  • Assist local government in the development of flood plain management ordinances and programs. 
  • Provide post-flood assistance to communities that have experienced floods. 
  • Review local floodplain management ordinances for conformance with federal and state minimum standards. 
  • Coordinate activities with Department of Homeland Security in flood hazard mitigation planning, training and education in the field of natural hazard management. 
  • Respond to inquiries, comments and/or questions from citizens, regulated communities, environmental groups, attorneys, engineers, and government officials. 


The job profile 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:


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

  • Specialized knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program. 
  • Broad knowledge of, and ability to apply, planning principles, theories, practices and concepts to water planning. 
  • Broad knowledge of the State and Federal laws, rules, regulations and policies relative to flood control, water resources, other natural resources and flood insurance. 
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of maps including United States Geological Survey topographic maps, floodplain maps, state and county road maps and county plat books. 
  • Ability to perform in a professional manner and make sound recommendations under stressful situations. 
  • Ability to travel overnight to attend and conduct meetings, occasionally working beyond normal workday hours. 
  • Ability to utilize computers for tasks such as tracking, research, presentations, composition and using Global Information Systems (GIS) software. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, officials, or Federal, State and local agencies, the general public, local groups and organizations.​ 

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




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $42,900.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis