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Seasonal Natural Resources Worker - Roush Lake FWA

Date Posted:  Jun 26, 2024
Requisition ID:  437631

Huntington, IN, US, 46750

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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 complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area:

The Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area (also known as "Huntington Lake") maintains 7,347 acres of land, 900 acres of lake, and 350 acres of impoundments. It was constructed in 1967 and is one of the three Upper Wabash Valley lakes operating as a unit with the Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes to control floodwaters along the Wabash River Basin. The benefits nearly 60,000 acres of agricultural lands and general recreational activities associated with hunting and fishing.  Activities include bird/wildlife watching, biking, camping, dog running, fishing, foraging, hunting, a shooting range, trapping, and water recreation.


Salary Information:
The pay for these seasonal positions may vary but traditionally starts at an hourly rate of $12.25.

A Day in the Life:

The Seasonal Natural Resources Workers perform duties related to the survey, biological monitoring, and/or control of property natural resources. Seasonal Natural Resources Worker positions and their essential functions are as follows:

  • Resource Management Techs: Assists 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.
  • Laborers: Work to maintain and repair property buildings, grounds, and facilities. Laborers perform various duties based on property needs. Possible duties may include landscaping, mowing, firewood processing, structure maintenance, sign creation, trail upkeep, carpentry, and plumbing, based on property needs.
  • Clerks: Perform a wide variety of tasks to support property staff. Duties may include inventory, stocking, reporting, budgeting, and assisting with other administrative duties.
  • Office Assistants: Answer inquiries about the property and provide quality customer service to the park visitors. This position also assists property management with operations and administrative functions. 
  • Nature Preserves Steward:  Assists Regional Ecologists to implement habitat restoration and management plans for native plant and animal communities, including endangered, threatened, or rare species.  Duties may include physical or chemical removal of invasive plant species, natural area restoration, controlled/prescribed burns, trail maintenance, brush and tree removal, signage, timber marking and/or timber stand improvement. 
  • 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.
    • Creel Clerk: interview anglers, collect biological information and tissues from various fish species, and enter data on relevant forms and/or systems.
  • Wildlife Science Tech: Assist Wildlife Science Biologists with research and management activities focused on a species or group of species. Duties may include developing and conducting surveys, building, and maintaining traps, equipment maintenance, coordinating volunteers, entering data, staffing check stations, and processing carcasses.
  • Disease Surveillance Coordinators: Assists State Health Biologists in conducting fish & wildlife response and surveillance activities. These duties can include a significant amount of in-state travel, working with potentially diseased and/or dead animals, data entry, database management, and volunteer management.  
  • Shooting Range Officers: Monitor the activities of visitors using the shooting range while providing quality customer service and education on safe gun handling. This role will enforce shooting range standard operating procedures and provide basic maintenance to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High school diploma, GED, or one (1) year of work experience.
  • Individuals may be expected to work afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Individuals may be required to wear a DNR-provided uniform.
  • Individuals may be required to travel to different properties.
  • Individuals may be required to have a valid driver’s license.
  • Individuals may experience working with DOC work release crews.
  • Individuals 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.).
  • Individuals may work around potentially dangerous heavy equipment (e.g. tractors, disks, mowers, planters, etc.).
  • Some positions may require:
    • Completion of some college coursework in wildlife management, natural resources, biology, ecology, forestry and/or related areas of study is required.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • May perform duties in a variety of different environments, including an office, field, rugged terrain, and various weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc)

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


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 and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel have you the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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