Water Planner

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indianapolis, IN, USA 🇺🇸

Date Posted:  Apr 16, 2022

Requisition ID:  325045

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

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 interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR):

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.


The starting salary for this position is $35,646 and may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

The Water Planner serves as a senior level worker in the Floodplain Management Section or the Project Development Section of the Division of Water with the general purpose of assisting in the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serves as water resource project leader for teams to find and implement solutions to water resource problems;
  • Understands and interprets relevant federal and state water resource laws, rules, procedures and policies;
  • Reviews construction plans, specifications, deeds, permits and data for technical elements relevant to conservancy districts, flood control revolving fund matters and state water resource projects;
  • Reviews submitted materials and prepares technical recommendations for action regarding Conservancy District and Flood Control Revolving Fund;
  • Acts as technical advisor for Conservancy Districts;
  • Acts as a liaison and technical advisor for steering committees and River Basin Commissions; including coordination with the general public, lake associations, environmental groups, consultants, and local, state and federal agencies and officials, regarding the programs of the Division of Water;
  • Prepares documentation, reports, letters and memos and permit applications regarding the functions of the section;
  • Maintains and provides general district and flood control revolving loan fund information for public use;
  • Coordinates activities regarding the flood control revolving loan fund.

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.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs, natural resource management water resource planning, or environmental science, and/or three or more years of relevant experience to be effective in this position.  Certification as a Floodplain Manager (CFM) would be evidence of capability and continued professional improvement;
  • Broad knowledge of and ability to apply planning principles, theories, practices and concepts;
  • Broad knowledge of water and natural resource disciplines;
  • Broad knowledge of the State and Federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies relative to water resource projects;
  • Ability to apply organizational skills to prioritize multiple projects and to complete assignments within limited time schedules;
  • Ability to plan, develop, critique and coordinate cooperative projects and programs;
  • Ability to create and develop policies, ideas, scope and plan elements relative to areas of responsibility;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates, consultants, governmental representatives and the general public;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Must possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

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 premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards) 
  • 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 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.