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Forester - Inventory Program

Date Posted:  May 6, 2022
Requisition ID:  344881

Terre Haute, IN, US, 47802


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 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.


Position Overview:


The Forester works in the Division of Forestry to perform technical and professional functions in the area of forest resource and land management.  This position is assigned to the Terre Haute office to assist with forest management duties in western Indiana.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Collect technical forest resource data on state managed lands, private property, and/or urban areas. 
  • Analyze resource data an develop plans and reports including inventory summaries, resource management guides, plans for invasive control, timber stand improvement, tree planting, and prescribed burns. 
  • Implement forestry practices and  programs  which may involve federal, state, and local agencies and private businesses. 
  • Establish and maintain public relations with landowners, communities, organizations, wood-using industries, and the public. 
  • Conduct educational programs and develop educational materials for public. 


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: 

  • Working knowledge of forestry tools and equipment (data recorder, laser, increment borer, compass, clinometer, etc. 
  • Working knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of forest resources management. 
  • Working knowledge of tree and herbaceous plant identification, fire behavior and suppression. 
  • Ability to inspect and develop management recommendations for rural and urban forests. 
  • Basic knowledge of surveying. 
  • Basic knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance. 
  • Basic knowledge of computer operation, Microsoft Office Suite, and ArcGIS.


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 

  • Obtain and retain pesticide applicator's license within the first year of employment and maintain. 
  • Obtain and retain a valid Indiana driver's license 
  • Successfully complete chainsaw training course within the first year of employment. 
  • Successfully complete basic wildland fire courses (red card certified) and prescribed burning course within the first two years of employment. 

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 begins at $38,792 - $42,671 per year and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Terre Haute