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CRP Biologist

Date Posted:  Jul 31, 2021
Requisition ID:  227021

Huntington, IN, US, 47265

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 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.

Salary Information:

This role traditionally starts at a base salary of $38,792.

About the Job:

As the Biologist in this role, you will serve as a journeyman biologist in one or more areas implementing major programs. You will research and study plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions to develop effective management strategies.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Provide technical assistance based on sound and accepted wildlife management principles to CRP participants or prospective participants, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency, and others with vested interests participating in the CRP program in Indiana. 
  • Provide technical assistance and administrative and analytic support in the performance of CRP establishment certifications and maintenance (status review) for wildlife-based practices enrolled in CRP.
  • Provide technical assistance and administrative support in the performance of CRP re-enrollment planning, general CRP new offer planning, and continuous CRP new offer planning, including the development of a wildlife management plan for wildlife-based practices enrolled in CRP.  In addition, provide technical assistance and administrative support in the performance of CRP practice certification for wildlife-based practices enrolled in CRP.
  • Provide technical assistance in the development and comprehensive planning of “prescribed burn plans” for wildlife-based practices enrolled in CRP. 
  • Apply sound administrative and data management skills in routine form completion and reporting requirements in accordance with CRP guidelines.  
  • Participate in and/or provide training and workshops related to wildlife habitat conservation techniques and general land stewardship through USDA-NRCS and IDNR-DFW channels.
  • Participate in outreach and education efforts designed to increase appreciation for fish and wildlife resources and engage citizens in conservation.

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

What We're Looking For:

  • Advanced knowledge of botany, ecology, biology, zoology, and/or phytogeography.
  • Identification of both seedling and mature plants including common Indiana: native grasses, native wildflowers, native cool season grasses & legumes, weeds, un-approved Indiana CRP plan species, & trees and shrubs. 
  • Ability to operate computers and computer software including Word, Excel, Outlook, & GIS; printers, scanners, etc. as well as operate standard office equipment.
  • Certified (or can obtain certification) to write prescribed burn plans included within CRP practices in Indiana.  
  • Certified (or can obtain certification) for pesticide application through the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.
  • Ability to complete standardized forms and submit routine reports as required by the CRP program. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Ability to identify common erosion concerns and the typical solutions for such issues.
  • Ability to apply basic mathematic skills including addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, measurement of distances and calculations of average widths of CRP practices, calculating Pure Live Seed rates, etc. 
  • Ability to assess tracts enrolled in the CRP program and make determination such as:  if current site conditions of practices meet CRP requirements; determine site suitability for a given practice; whether a resource concern exists on a tract considered for CRP (terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates); whether a CRP practice would address resource concerns; ability to determine if an existing practice’s conditions is due to normal wear and tear vs. a lack of maintenance, etc.
  • Ability to assist producers and develop management plans, herbaceous maintenance plans, “management activity” plans, and prescribed burn plans for CRP participants.  Good cognitive writing and editing skills associated with the development of such plans.

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.

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