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Biologist

Zoek Pin North Vernon, IN

Competitive

Permanent (Full time)

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 Indianas communities every day.

About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife:

The mission of the Division of Fish & Wildlife is to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations by balancing the biological, ecological, recreational, and economic benefits of Indianas fish, wildlife and their habitats.

Salary Information:

This role traditionally hires at a base salary of $42,692; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.
About the Job:
As a Biologist, you will apply professional biological knowledge and techniques in planning, formulating, implementing, and evaluating the Department's Fish & Wildlife Management Programs to develop, enhance, manage or restore fish & wildlife habitat and populations and to promote fish & wildlife related recreational opportunities in the State of Indiana.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conducts field investigations to gather data on fish & wildlife habitat and population status, resource utilization, and management needs;
  • Provides technical assistance and verbal/written management recommendations to private landowners, other state and federal agencies, and local units of government regarding the development, enhancement, restoration, and management and recreational values of fish & wildlife habitat and fish & wildlife populations;
  • Investigates fish & wildlife damage complaints, provides suggestions for alleviating problems, and issues permits for the trapping, removal, destruction or relocation of specific fish & wildlife according to state/federal laws and policies;
  • Administers financial incentive programs for the development, enhancement, or restoration of fish & wildlife habitat on private lands, and for recreational access to private lands.
  • Provides technical assistance to District Foresters for the implementation of the Classified Forest and Wildlands Act;
  • Conducts environmental reviews and provides recommendations to the Department for the mitigation of fish & wildlife losses resulting from construction projects in floodways and wetlands;
  • Assists other biologists on large-scale research and management projects;
  • Performs general administrative and clerical office duties such as answering mail and telephone requests, writing reports, recording data on various forms and other operational paperwork;
  • Reviews technical bulletins, research and management reports, and attends professional meetings to keep abreast of new developments;
  • Maintains working relationship with other biologists, various state and federal agencies, accredited academic agencies and communities, and the general public utilizing public speaking, mass media and written communication, and professional communication techniques;
  • Prepares and presents evidence exhibits in court and performs as an expert witness in courts of law and/or hearings;

The job profile 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 We're Looking For:

  • Specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological variables and interactions, and life histories of fish & wildlife species developed through on the job training and relevant experience with a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college in fish or wildlife management or a closely related field.
  • Specialized knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories and the ability to apply them in the management and study of fish & wildlife populations.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of work, shop, and office equipment such as trucks, trailers, boats, farm machinery, power tools, hand tools, typewriter, calculator, GPS units, fax machine, copiers, and computer.
  • Ability to prepare and present evidence; or combine with the following requirement. Ability to act as an expert witness in a court of law and /or hearing.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a commercial pesticide applicator's license.
  • Ability to obtain and possess a valid Indiana driver's license.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Ability to improvise and adapt methods and equipment for specialized tasks.
  • Ability to read, use and manipulate topographic maps, aerial photographs, wetland delineation maps, soils maps, and ArcGIS mapping systems.
  • Knowledge of general administrative and clerical procedures.
  • Ability to communicate in proper written and oral form including the use of audio-visual equipment.
  • Ability to communicate and influence landowners, other state and federal agencies, the general public, and local units of government concerning the management of species and their habitats and their recreational values.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to the environment and the management of fish & wildlife.
  • Ability to budget and allocate cost-share funds.

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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