Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

To satisfy such a broad and diverse responsibility, the Department is divided into two distinct areas of responsibility: the Regulatory Management Team; and, the Land Management Team. The Regulatory Management Team consists of the Divisions of Water; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Historic Preservation and Archeology; Reclamation; and Oil and Gas. Outdoor recreation and land management programs are housed within the Land Management Team. That unit consists of State Parks and Reservoirs; Nature Preserves; Land Acquisition; Fish and Wildlife; Outdoor Recreation and Forestry.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Indianapolis, IN, USA
Aug 14, 2018
Full time
About the Job: The Aquatic Outreach Specialist develops and administers education and outreach products and programs for the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Through the creation and dissemination of information and tools, the Education Specialist will convey complicated fish and wildlife information in an understandable manner to the the public, DNR staff, educators and students.  The position will also be responsible for the development and implementation of assigned Division of Fish & Wildlife communication strategies as it relates to outreach and education programs. A Day in the Life: Write, develop and implement communication strategies promoting Division of Fish & Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources mission and goals.  Provide direction for outreach program development to other Division staff. Write detailed plans to simplify and explain complex, technical concepts in an understandable and attractive method. Design and implement methods for program and product review and evaluation, using results and data to inform decisions and recommendations for the program. Consult with subject matter experts during program and product development. Assess needs for new fish and wildlife outreach programs from immerging issues and Division communication strategies. Review documents for content, spelling and grammar. Participate on Department and Division workgroups as the advisor on fish and wildlife outreach, education and communication issues. Identify activities and events to promote Division achievements and messaging. Coordinate Division participation in shows and events statewide. Develop show displays, themes and messages as appropriate to target audiences. Work with the Outreach and Education team to develop and promote Division and Department messages. Act as a Division liaison with Divison of Communications staff to ensure accurate fish and wildlife related information is shared on websites, social media, electronic newsletters, news releases and other communication channels.  What we're looking for: A specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological concepts and life histories of fish and wildlife species, as well as a knowledge of teaching methods and educational theory- developed through education, on the job training, and related experience. A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with two years’ experience of a Master's Degree from an accredited college in zoology, wildlife management, environmental education or a related field. Knowledge of department and division program policy, rules and procedures required to relate volunteer programs in a manner consistent with agency goals. Excellent computer skills including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation design, social media, web design, and desktop publishing. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal. Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize variable workloads. Ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others. Ability to organize and conduct meetings, classes and seminars of varying size and complexity. Ability to prepare and present educational/informational materials to various types of audiences. Ability of problem solving required initiating and implementing creative options that address many differing points of views. Benefits The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes Choose from four medical plans (including RX coverage), vision and dental Wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan Health savings account, offered for most medical plans, includes state contributions Deferred compensation account (similar to a private sector’s 401 K plan) with employer match, as well as a choice between two fully funded pension plans  Group life insurance Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits Paid vacation, personal and sick time off The State of Indiana offers other generous 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  To Apply: Click Apply Now and search Job ID 617753 Remember to say you found this opportunity at