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About East Fork Fish Hatchery:
East Fork Hatchery is the newest cool and warm water hatchery to be constructed in Indiana since the 1940s. The hatchery takes its name from the nearby East Fork of the White River. Construction started in February 1982 and was completed in July 1983 at a cost of $2.7 million. The hatchery construction was financed from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The hatchery covers about 80 acres and contains 29 earthen ponds ranging from ½ to 6 acres in size. The ponds total 33 acres of water.
One of the unique characteristics of the East Fork Hatchery is that this facility was originally designed to be able to experiment with, and respond to, the various fish culture options that were emerging during the construction of this hatchery. Over time, pond configurations have changed here at East Fork, to meet the Indiana DNR’s fish production needs. For this reason, there are various aquaculture methods used on this property, including internal and external raceway systems, as well as a variety of pond configurations.
This role starts at a base salary of $39,780.
About the Job:
As the Property Assistant Manager, you will have supervisory responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of a mid-sized Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warm and cool water species hatchery and related grounds.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:
Responsible for overseeing daily operations of a mid-sized DNR warm and cool water species hatchery and related grounds in the absence of and in coordination with the Property Manager.
Hire, train, supervise, and direct the activities of a larger team of staff, interns, and volunteers.
Assist with planning, coordinating, implementing fish culture, fish health, and wastewater management practices and procedures.
Assist with the planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing public use activities on the property which may include wildlife viewing, public engagement events and hatchery tours
May direct, supervise, inspect, and monitor hatchery maintenance, construction projects and repair including ground, landscaping, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression and emergency systems, ADA compliance, and all things related to the physical plant operation at a state fish hatchery
Assist in the development, implementation and tracking of a biennial budget and administrates operating, preventive maintenance and rehabilitation funds to facilitate operations under direction of the Property Manager.
Direct and monitor construction, maintenance, and repair projects using both in-house, temporary, and contract labor.
Represent the property and department with local partnerships and organizations by attending meetings and events that benefit the facility both in cooperation with the Property Manager and as the manager’s proxy.
Assist with overseeing and evaluating interpretive services including general programming for visitors, school groups and off-site locations on fisheries management and fish culture topics, display development and maintenance of interpretive signage, and operations of a small visitor center.
Monitor security and safety operations provided by property personnel and make decisions on when law enforcement and/or other emergency services are required in conjunction with or in the absence of the Property Manager.
Ensure the safe operation and maintenance of fish transport vehicles, fish pump, light trucks and cars, commercial mowing equipment, power equipment, chain saws, and hand tools.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.
What We're Looking For:
Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Management, Fish Culture, Biology, or a closely related field.
At least two (2) years of experience working at a fish production facility with a working knowledge of warm and cool water species production—specifically muskie, catfish, walleye, striped bass, and others is preferred.
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Required to live onsite when housing is available
Required to be “on call” 24 hours a day
Must be willing to obtain an Indiana for-hire endorsement driving license.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.
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
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Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
What You'll Need for Success:
Ability to hire, direct, train, develop, motivate, discipline and evaluate a diverse range of employees with varying levels of skill to meet operational demands.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with superiors, staff, visitors, customers, media, special interest groups, vendors and other governmental agencies to promote department and division goals, satisfy needs of the organization, and to present a positive public image.
Working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, code compliance and safety, etc.
Working knowledge and ability to supervise the operation, maintenance and repair of medium duty fish transport trucks, commercial mowing equipment, light trucks and sedans, chain saws, power and hand tools.
Working knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of fish management, aquaculture science, fish health, and wastewater treatment plant operations to meet goals and objectives.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in directing property operations according to established guidelines.
Possess organizational skills in planning and coordinating a variety of projects simultaneously.
Ability to maintain strict adherence to confidential requests, especially when dealing with personnel issues