Paid Positions

IN DNR Nature Preserves ECOLOGIST

The position is based out of Limberlost Field Office in Geneva, Indiana. The Division of Nature Preserves is seeking a qualified and dynamic individual for the position of Ecologist, East Central Indiana. This position requires the skills and passion for conservation science and public lands management. This includes coordinating property management, land and rare species protection, site monitoring, wildland fire, habitat restoration, contract management, visitor services for 32 dedicated nature preserves totaling over 2,500 acres. This is a Full-time Position, working 37.5 hours a week.

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ACRES Land Trust Summer Internships

ACRES has three, full-time, summer intern positions available for the 2018 summer season. Primary functions are land management and protection tasks such as trail maintenance, construction and
installation of visitor amenities such as benches, boardwalks, and small bridges, assisting with restoration activities, performing invasive species management, development of management plans for preserves, marking boundaries and various other tasks related to natural resource management. Pay is $12/hr.

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Entered February 22, 208

Multiple Summer Internships at Little River Wetlands Project

LRWP is hiring for Wetland Restoration Intern and Wetland Restoration Specialist positions. Pay ranges from $8-10/hr.

Entered February 20, 2018

ERC Intern

Opportunities to work or volunteer in the ERC over the summer are available. Please contact director Bruce Kingsbury to find out more.

Entered February 20, 2018. 

City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

For more information and to apply for this position, click here.

Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: Varies
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $9.25 to $11.00 per hour
Job Description: Summary
Under direction of the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, the incumbent creates and/or presents interpretative naturalist programs at Lindenwood Nature Preserve. Incumbent assists supervisor in land management, research and maintenance. Greets the public and answers questions.Essential duties and responsibilities
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned

  • Presents interpretive programs;
  • Assists with maintenance and construction projects;
  • Assists with research projects and with volunteer training;
  • Enforces park rules;
  • Opens and closes facility;
  • Presents hike/program;
  • Greets the public and answers questions;
  • Performs trail maintenance;
  • Supervises community service volunteers;
  • Maintains staff information booth;
  • Attends staff planning monthly meetings;
  • Maintains records.

Marinal Functions
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Incumbent has routine supervision of 10 to 24 community service volunteers.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Completion of a four year college degree or current enrollment in college/university studying biology, botany, environmental science, education, or related field;
  • Possesses ability to hike up to 4 miles per day;
  • Possesses knowledge and use of power and hand tools, construction skills, and outdoor skills such as fire building, lashing, cooking, and hiking;
  • Possesses ability to read and write;
  • Possesses ability to drive department vehicles;
  • Ability to understand moderately complex, relatively standardized tasks, processes or operations;
  • Ability to apply routine practices, rules, regulations, procedures or techniques that are relevant to assigned tasks. 

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak publicly effectively and efficiently. Problems during work causing questions about objectives and boundaries are discussed. Incumbent has contact with persons employed by other agencies, and with the public communicating routine information including the giving and receiving of factual information about work.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Incumbent makes choices and takes action performing a variety of relatively standardized assignments. Errors in decision or work are either readily detected or corrected through supervisory review. Work requires some analysis and judgment but is reviewed by supervisor upon conclusion.   Work may involve some spot checking for compliance of procedural requirements.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, and Bloodborne pathogen training;
  • Valid Indiana Driver’s License if City of Fort Wayne vehicle is used.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbent follows standardized practices and procedures or general work instructions. Incumbent’s work may have prolonged or frequent exposure to: heavy labor, poor working conditions, and/or extreme outdoor weather conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to hike up to four miles per day and the ability to lift 50 pounds and carry the weight a minimum of 25 feet.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Incumbent is normally standing or walking but on occasion will be required to lift light objects for short periods of time.

City of Fort Wayne Soil & Water- Watershed Project Manager


Full-time position under the direction of the Director of the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District. Watershed Project Manager adopts and implements agricultural and urban soil and water conservation practices and increases public awareness of local, state and federal programs.

Base pay is $21.36 per hour at 37.5 hours per week.

Qualifications include

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, or related field plus one year experience developing land use and/or natural resource management plant and public relations skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices, products, and terminology
  • Knowledge of urban water quality issues, trends, impairment sources and current and devleoping conservation practices
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and related suite
  • Ability to type 30 WPM
  • Working knowledge of GIS based software

To Apply

Please  click the following link to visit the Allen County Website and apply online: Watershed Project Manager Position. Position is open until filled.

Full information about the job opening can be found at the website linked above or at the document here: Watershed Project Manager – 8-10-2016.

Heartland Restoration Services, Inc.- Restoration Hydrologist


Full-time position in Fort Wayne needed to assist in ecosystem restoration and management projects. Projects may include environmental mitigation, lake and pond shoreline restoration, prairie, woodland, and wetland restoration, stream stabilization, and
general native landscaping. Management may consist of invasive species control utilizing techniques such as mechanical, chemical, and prescribed fire. Duties may also include assisting in all aspects of native plant and seed nursery production.

Qualifications include

  • Experience/interest in ecological restoration and native plants
  • Certified Pesticide Applicator/interest in attaining certification
  • College diploma preferred; High School diploma required
  • DOT certified/interest in obtaining certification
  • General knowledge of outdoor power equipment preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Flexible schedule

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to OR mail documents to:

Heartland Restoration Services, Inc.
c/o: Michael Van Laeken
14921 Hand Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Or fax: (260) 489-8607

For more information and a full description of position responsibilities , click the document link: Restoration Ecologist Job Description

USGS Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center- Hydrologist


Full-time position in the hydrologic investigations section at the USGS Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center in Indianapolis, IN. Some specific duties include measuring discharge of streams with a variety of depth and flow conditions, installing and maintaining in-field monitoring stations, and collecting and analyzing data from pumpage records, aquifer test and other geohydrologic data.

Recent Graduate positions lasts for 1 year with eligibility for a permanent or term appointment.

Some travel required, along with both office and field work.

Salary Range: $32,479.00 to $52,302.00 / Per Year

Qualifications include

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Recent graduate who has completed their degree within the past two years in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours of courses in relevant areas, including calculus and physics (or equivalents)
  • Active e-mail address

To Apply

Visit this website for more information and the application: USAJOBS.

Applications close midnight Eastern Time on July 22nd.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory of Michigan State University- Seasonal Ecologist/Stewardship Coordinator


Temporary position assisting the Michigan Dept of Natural Resources  conduct stewardship and restoration activities at parks throughout southeast Michigan, primarily Livingston and Oakland Counties. Position will also coordinate volunteer stewardship program implementing habitat restoration and protection by training, orienting, and leading volunteers.

Approximate start/end dates: June 29, 2016 – January 29, 2017.
40 hrs/week, Wednesday – Sunday
Salary range: $12 – $18 / hr, depending on training and experience

Qualifications include

  • BS in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, restoration, or closely related field preferred

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts, and three professional references to

Nancy Toben
Finance Officer
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
P.O. Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909-7944


email applications to

Include position number on all application materials, and earliest and latest work availability dates in cover letter

For more information and a full description of position responsibilities , click the document link: Parks Volunteer Coordinator – Position Description.

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Other places to look:

– Texas A&M Wildlife & Fisheries Job Board

– National Science Foundation REU Program

– Student Conservation Association

– Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC)

– Geological Society of America