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Natural Resource Project Manager - Reclamation

Date Posted:  Jul 9, 2024
Requisition ID:  442367

Jasonville, IN, US, 47438


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About DNR Reclamation

The Division of Reclamation oversees active coal mining, restoration of land disturbed for coal extraction, and restoration of land mined for coal, but abandoned without full or proper reclamation. Relcamation's programs are a cooperative effort between Indiana and the Federal Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement (OSM). Reclamation also administers the state laws pertaining to the mining of clay, shale, and oil shale. These are typically small operations for which post-mining land is reclaimed for wildlife habitat and water.


Role Overview

The Natural Resources Project Manager performs a wide variety of project management tasks utilizing the knowledge and expertise of architecture and engineering principles, construction technology, budgeting, planning, regulatory requirements, environmental science, natural resource management, or real estate as it relates to the comprehensive management of projects or land actions for DNR properties. Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Develops and maintains an inventory of all passive treatment systems constructed by the AML program
  • Conducts routine inspections of all passive treatment systems and designs, develops and manages all aspects of any required maintenance projects
  • Monitors and maintains proper hydrology through all passive treatment systems
  • Conducts water quality improvement assessments for all existing passive treatment systems
  • Manages the collection of quarterly water sampling program and analyzes all associated data
  • Prepares and submits all required water-related construction permits including NPDES, CWA Section 401 & 404, Construction in a Floodway, Underground Injection, etc.
  • Develops and maintains AMD impaired waters inventory in conjunction with GIS Specialist
  • Works with the Indiana Geological Survey on all water quality assessment projects that they conduct for the --AML program
  • Performs investigations of citizen complaint issues relating to acid mine drainage or other environmental water-related issues


This position will work in the Division of Reclamation's main office, located in Jasonville, IN. 


Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $59,800.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Manages assigned design and construction projects.
  • Coordinates with the Engineering Team to manage and monitor project design progress; 
  • Performs construction contract inspection on an almost daily basis;
  • Works with landowners to secure rights of entry, prepares project designs, prepares scopes of work and construction cost estimates, maintains construction activity records, verifies pay requests and reconciles contract cost; 
  • Maintains an inventory of facilities and maintenance needs for budget development.
  • Provides technical support on reopening and plugging leaking wells and remediating contaminated sites;
  • Prepares contracts for services to clean up Orphan Well program projects.  Ensures contract conditions are followed;
  • Manages grant programs and assist with grant applications and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates permitting activity related to the Indiana Flood Control Act, the Indiana Floodplain Management Act, and the Indiana Dam Safety Act, including provisions for low-head dams.  
  • Assists Division leaders and staff on database development and maintenance and other project management systems.
  • Coordinates with permit applicants, external stakeholders, dam owners and other interested citizens regarding the Division’s programs.
  • Creates construction record of all activity and pay quantities and pay estimates on the project.  
  • Creates and negotiate change orders.  
  • Prepares documentation related to contractor claims for additional payment.  
  • Attends meetings, workshops and/or conferences related to construction.  
  • Completes additional tasks as they relate to the position.

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:

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

  • Knowledge and skill acquired through a Baccalaureate degree or related experience in natural resources, physical/biological/geological/environmental sciences, project management, public affairs, public administration, civil engineering or construction management
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of engineering, construction technology, agronomy, forestry, water and wastewater operations, geology and hydrology
  • Working knowledge of state and federal laws regulating restoration and the health and safety requirements for active construction areas and environmental hazards 
  • Broad knowledge of environmental protection principles, practices, theories, and regulations
  • Specialized knowledge of passive treatment wetland systems, surface and groundwater chemistry, and of applicable laws and regulations;
  • Broad knowledge of engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, geology, and hydrology principles as they relate to the construction site
  • Basic knowledge of sample analysis and interpretation as it relates to program area
  • Working knowledge of well field testing and well operating specifications
  • Working knowledge of reclamation techniques
  • Knowledge and expertise in GIS software
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively both orally and in writing to non professionals, and create professional quality reports and publications
  • Ability to interpret engineering plans and specifications and apply to field conditions
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively both orally and in writing and create professional quality reports and publications
  • Ability to deal with the public, perform in a professional manner, and make sound recommendations under stressful conditions
  • Ability to organize quantitative information, including financial and scientific data
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license to complete assigned duties and responsibilities

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


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 Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • 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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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