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Resource Mgmt - Sugar Ridge

Date Posted:  Jul 27, 2022
Requisition ID:  314561
Location: 

Winslow, IN, US, 47598

 

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.

 

About Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area:

 

Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) is unique in that much of the land has been strip-mined. Sugar Ridge FWA is made up of six separate areas, totaling approximately 8,500 acres. The strip-mined land now features about 100 pits and lakes, along with rows of overburden from the mining operation. The land that has not been mined is mostly rough and rolling.

 

A large part of the land which is now Sugar Ridge FWA (Areas I, II and III) was once leased from Amax Coal Company. The leasing began in 1964 and continued until 1980 when most of the land was donated to the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Currently, only Area VI is still leased through Gray Farms, Inc. Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance of Sugar Ridge FWA are derived from the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Funds are also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs to aid fish and wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting, shooting, and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters and anglers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

 

Role Overview:

 

The Seasonal Resource Management Technician performs duties related to the survey, biological monitoring, and/or control of property natural resources. This role will also assist in the maintenance of property facilities and equipment.

 

A Day in the Life:

 

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • General Resource Management Technicians assist with the control of invasive plant species natural area restoration trail maintenance, brush and tree removal, signage, timber marking and/or timber stand improvement based on the property.
  • Nature Preserves Stewards assists Regional Ecologists to implement habitat restoration and management plans for native plant and animal communities, including endangered, threatened, or rare species.  Further, this role assists with the control of invasive plant species through physical or chemical removal, and natural area restoration (including controlled/prescribed burns).  Stewards also assist with trail maintenance, brush and tree removal, signage, timber marking and/or timber stand improvement based on the property.
  • Biological Naturalist Aides assist District Biologists with future succession control, food plot plans, fish, wildlife and vegetation surveys.  Duties may include data collection, species monitoring, mowing, planting and managing habitats for wildlife. 
  • Wildlife Science Technicians assist Wildlife Science Biologists with research and management activities focused on a species or group of species. Duties may include developing and/or conducting surveys, building and maintaining traps and other equipment, coordinating volunteers, entering data, staffing check stations, processing biological samples or carcasses, trapping and handling live animals, and hiking 5 miles over rough terrain. 
  • Entomology and Taxonomy Identifiers sort through samples of exotic forest or tree pests of specific concern.  Survey samples are collected from high risk sites to determine locations of exotic insects and pathogens in Indiana.  Samples of concern are processed and forwarded to a certified taxonomist for further identification and classification.
  • Nursery Workers collect, weigh, test, bail and grade seedlings for quality and use.  This role also packages tree seedlings and fulfills customer orders.
  • Creel Clerks interview anglers, collect biological information and tissues from various fish species, and enter data on relevant forms and/or systems.
  • Classified Forest Program Interns primarily conduct field inspections of forestlands and complete associated reports.  Duties may include assisting with forest inventories, timber marking, educational programs, and timber stand improvement.

 

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:

 

Candidates shall have a high school diploma or GED or one (1) year of work experience.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Completion of some college coursework in wildlife management, natural resources, biology, ecology, forestry and/or related areas of study is required for some roles.

 

Additional Skill and Ability Preferred:

  • Ability to understand and apply through on the job training and using previous, relevant experience basic biological principals, ecological variables and interactions, plant identification, herbicide application, invasive plant management techniques (of conservation biology, the management. of forests, wetlands, and prairie habitats), and life histories of invasive plants.
  • Basic knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories applicable to the management of invasive plant populations.
  • Ability to lift equipment, tools, or materials up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to sustain periods of strenuous physical activity.
  • Ability to carry out assignments with general instruction and limited supervision.

 

Additional Comments:

  • This role may be required to work afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Individuals may experience working in potentially inclement weather.
  • Individual may be required to wear a DNR provided uniform.
  • Individuals may experience working directly with offenders.
  • May be required to travel to additional properties.
  • May perform duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.). 
  • May be required to work around potentially dangerous heavy equipment (e.g. tractors, disks, mowers, planters, etc.). 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

 

Salary:

 

This position starts at a minimum rate of $10.25 per hour and may be commensurate with education and experience.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

 

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period  

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

 

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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