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Forester Specialist - Morgan Monroe State Forest

Date Posted:  Oct 13, 2021
Requisition ID:  271481

Martinsville, IN, US, 46151


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 Morgan-Monroe State Forest:
Morgan-Monroe State Forest encompasses more than 25,000 acres in Morgan and Monroe counties in south-central Indiana. The forest land encompasses many steep ridges and valleys and is forested with some of the state's finest hardwoods.
The original settlers of the area cleared and attempted to farm the ridges, but were frustrated by rocky soil unsuitable for agriculture. The state purchased the eroded, abandoned land to create Morgan-Monroe State Forest beginning in 1929.
The forest is located southwest of Indianapolis, 35 miles south from Interstate 465 via State Road 37 (five miles south of Martinsville or 16 miles northeast of Bloomington-follow signs eight miles east of State Road 37.)



The starting salary for this position is $42,692 and may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

As a Forester in this role, you will serve in the Division of Forestry within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), performing technical and professional functions in the area of forest resource and land management. Foresters collect and analyze data from both state and private forest lands and/or urban areas.  The data is used to recommend and implement forest management practices to promote forest health, forest products, wildlife, and water quality.  In this role, you will provide information and education programming to allow the transfer of this knowledge to landowners, industry, and other interested parties. You will also promote sound forest management for multiple uses on all Indiana forested lands.​​ 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plans, develops and administers forestry programs which frequently involve federal, state and local agencies and private individuals/businesses
  • Manages and assists in the collection of forest resource data for state and federal programs
  • Provides specialized guidance and coordination in area of expertise, making recommendations to division heads for program objectives
  • Lead in the training and employee development of lower level employees
  • Researches new and existing programs and literature for use in the program planning
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and presentations interpreting the results of inventory data
  • Assists with ancillary studies associated with the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.

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:

  • Thorough knowledge of forestry and forest management
  • Thorough knowledge of program area and program administration, including rules and regulations
  • Specialized knowledge of botany and tree identification
  • Specialized knowledge of forest mensuration and silviculture
  • Specialized knowledge of computer operations including Microsoft Office and GIS software
  • Extensive knowledge of new forestry programs and ability to incorporate this knowledge in program planning
  • Basic knowledge of land surveying
  • Ability to supervise and direct work of others
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

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) 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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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis