This is a managerial, supervisory, and administrative position that directs and leads the management and operation of the Winamac Fish and Wildlife Area located in Pulaski County for the Wildlife Section of the Division of Fish and Wildlife of the Department of Natural Resources. Work includes responsibility for the long and short range planning, implementation of policy and procedures, budget preparation and tracking, recruitment of personnel, training, development, and hiring and disciplining employees of the assigned fish and wildlife property to meet Division strategic goals and objectives. Duties include working with other managers within the Wildlife Section, other sections within the division of fish and wildlife, other divisions within the Department of Natural Resources, other governmental agencies, local, state, and federal, and private vendors to manage and operate the fish and wildlife property in order to provide recreational opportunities and access to the property for hunters, fishermen, trappers, and wildlife viewers. This access must be provided for the convenience of the public, regardless of their physical ability, but without endangering the natural resources of the area.
Plan, coordinate, implement, and direct the wildlife management practices and procedures, and maintenance practices on the assigned fish and wildlife property owned by the DFW, and on various assigned satellite properties.
Management activities include, but are not limited to, habitat manipulation using heavy construction equipment, farm equipment, hand tools (e.g. chainsaws, etc.), prescribed fire, chemicals, tenant farming, tenant grazing, etc.
Maintenance activities include, but are not limited to, maintenance of all fiscal facilities such as office/check station complex, shop and storage buildings, residences, public use facilities (e.g. shooting ranges, campgrounds, fishing facilities, picnic areas, restroom facilities, boat ramps, access roads, parking lots, etc.), vehicles, equipment, tools, etc.
Plan, coordinate, implement, and direct public use activities on the property
Patrol property to observe users, is often necessary to ensure user compliance with state and federal wildlife laws, and state and local property regulations.
Oversee the daily operation and activities of the property laborers and support staff.
Oversee required periodic preventative maintenance and repairs to all fish and wildlife property buildings, facilities, equipment, tools, and vehicles.
Carry out administrative duties that are necessary for the operation, management, and maintenance of the fish and wildlife property, its facilities, buildings, fixed assets, equipment, vehicles, and tools, and the same for satellite properties.
Hire, supervise, train, resolve personnel disputes, evaluate, and discipline
Prepare operational management work plans and budgets for the fish and wildlife property to help achieve the objectives set forth in the Division of Fish and Wildlife strategic plans for public lands.
Evaluate management work plans to determine if objectives were met and if projects remained within budget.
Resolve problems or complaints from the general public or landowners that own land or live adjacent to the assigned property. Resolve disputes between property users, or property user and general public or adjacent landowners.
Work with other federal, state, and local government agencies when necessary to accomplish division objectives.
Prepare reports, evaluations, and answer letters as necessary for division or department executives, the governor's office, or legislators.
Full-time benefits package includes:
Eligibility for medical, dental, vision, life, and short/long term disability insurance coverage
12 Paid State Holidays / yr.
12 Vacation Days / yr.
9 Sick Days / yr.
3 Personal Days / yr.
Public Employee’s Retirement Fund
This position requires a minimum of a B.S. degree in wildlife biology / management, or a related field and knowledge and experience in wildlife management practices and procedures, administrative procedures, and personnel management procedures.
Must be able to possess a valid Indiana State Operators License or valid CDL.
Thorough and specialized knowledge of established wildlife management practices and procedures and the ability to discuss these with other property manager biologists, private lands biologist, and research biologists in order to plan for and accomplish division objectives. The incumbent should also have the ability to explain these practices and procedures to the general public and property users.
Thorough and specialized knowledge in the use and behavior of prescribed fire for wildlife habitat manipulation. Ability to train others in its use.
Thorough knowledge of equipment and materials necessary to manage and maintain State wildlife management properties.
Extensive and thorough knowledge and skills in personnel supervision and management.
All applicants must apply for this position through the State of Indiana Job Bank website: http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/ Use the advanced search tool and enter the Job Posting ID to access the position listing.
Additional information or questions may be directed to:
Thomas A. Despot
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife
North Region Public Lands Supervisor
4320 W. Toto Road
North, Judson, IN 46366
574-896-3522, Ext. 234