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Assistant Manager LaSalle FWA

Date Posted:  Jan 12, 2022
Requisition ID:  288801
Location: 

Lake Village, IN, US, 46349

 

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 LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area:
LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining 4,511 acres of hardwood forests, cropland and fallow fields, marshes, brush, and open water. Divided by the Kankakee River, LaSalle is an ideal stopover for migratory birds.


The area around LaSalle was once part of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. Acquisition of the land began in 1952. About 1,800 acres were purchased and became Kankakee River State Park. In 1963, after additional acreage was acquired, it was determined that the land was better suited for use as a fish & wildlife area. It was then renamed LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA).

 

Salary:

The starting salary for this position is $36,478 and may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

The Property Assistant Manager has supervisory responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of a small Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property and related grounds and facilities.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Responsible for overseeing daily operations of a small DNR property in the absence of and in coordination with the property manager.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and directs the activities of a smaller team of staff, interns, and volunteers.   
  • Assists with planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing the natural resource management, cultural/historic resource management, fish & wildlife management, fish culture, and/or forest management practices and procedures.
  • Assists with the planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing public use activities on the property which may include: hunting, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, swimming, boating, biking, off road vehicle driving, etc.
  • Assists in the development, implementation and tracking of a biennial budget and administrates operating, preventive maintenance and rehabilitation funds to facilitate operations under direction of the property manager. 
  • Directs and monitors construction, maintenance and repair projects using both in-house, temporary and contract labor.
  • May be responsible for, upon receiving direction from the property manager or other division management, reporting, directing, monitoring, reconciling and reporting revenue and fee collection(s), donations, change funds, resale accounts, etc.
  • May assist the property manager or other division management with operation of a camping program that might include multiple types of camping, campgrounds and / or a large number of camp sites.  Responsibilities include sales, revenue collection, central reservation system operation and troubleshooting, customer service, entrance control, and visitor services.
  • Represent the property and department with local partnerships and organizations by attending meetings and events that benefit the facility both in cooperation with the property manager and as the manager’s proxy.
  • Assist with overseeing and evaluating interpretive services including naturalist, educational programming and general programming for visitors, school groups and off-site locations on natural and cultural history, display development and maintenance of interpretive signage, and operations of a visitor center.
  • Required to serve in on call status for emergency response.
  • Monitors security and safety operations provided by property personnel and makes decisions on when law enforcement and/or other emergency services are required in conjunction with or in the absence of the property manager.
  • Ensures the safe operation and maintenance of heavy vehicles, heavy equipment, light trucks and cars, commercial mowing equipment, farm equipment, power equipment and hand tools.
  • May assist with the operation of a concession or monitor the operation of concession by a state concessionaire. This may include maintenance of equipment and concession facilities. 

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:

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry, Biology, Business Administration, Recreation, or a closely related field.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Required to live onsite when housing is available
  • Required to be “on call” 24 hours a day
  • Working knowledge of best practices in regards to resource management.
  • Ability to hire, direct, train, develop, motivate, discipline and evaluate a diverse range of employees with varying levels of skill to meet operational demands.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with superiors, staff, visitors, customers, media, special interest groups, vendors and other governmental agencies to promote department and division goals, satisfy needs of the organization, and to present a positive public image.
  • Working knowledge of current and historical construction methods, construction management and construction industry standards to include: excavating, aggregate, concrete, carpentry (framing through finish), electrical, plumbing, HVAC, code compliance and safety, etc.
  • Working knowledge and ability to supervise the operation, maintenance and repair of construction equipment, commercial mowing equipment, light trucks and sedans, power and hand tools.
  • Working knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of recreation management, forestry, and fish & wildlife science to meet goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in directing property operations according to established guidelines.
  • Possess organizational skills in planning and coordinating a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to maintain strict adherence to confidential requests, especially when dealing with personnel issues.

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) 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

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