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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Careers Careers

Employees in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife work in many different fields and have different background and training. If you are interested in a career in fish and wildlife, here are a few general guidelines: 

In high school, focus on:

  • Science courses, such as biology, chemistry and physiology
  • Math courses
  • Other important courses include composition and public speaking, ecology, natural resources, or conservation biology.

In college, major in: 

About Fish & Wildlife positions

Fisheries Management and Research Biologists

fisheries biologist

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s fisheries section employs about 20 full-time fisheries management and research biologists. 

What fisheries biologists do 
  • Lake, river and stream surveys using both nets and electrofishing gear.
  • Collect data such as length and weight, and take scales, otoliths or spines for aging.
  • Maintain field equipment, give presentations, manage aquatic habitat.
  • Conduct research projects on fish and their habitat.
  • Analyze data using statistics.
What degree do I need to become a fisheries biologist 

Fish hatchery managers and biologists operate and maintain Indiana’s eight fish hatcheries. The fish hatcheries provide fish to be stocked in public waters across the state, providing more fishing opportunities for Indiana anglers. Fish hatchery managers have a background in fish culture and some universities or colleges have fish culture majors or courses.

Fish Hatchery Managers

Fish hatchery managers and biologists operate and maintain Indiana’s eight fish hatcheries. The fish hatcheries provide fish to be stocked in public waters across the state, providing more fishing opportunities for Indiana anglers. Fish hatchery managers have a background in fish culture and some universities or colleges have fish culture majors or courses.

Wildlife Management and Research Biologists Dove banding by wildlife biologist

What wildlife biologists do 
  • Manage public lands (DFW's Fish & Wildlife Areas) to provide hunting opportunities.
  • Consult with private landowners to enhance or protect wildlife on private land.
  • Conduct research projects on various species and habitats on both game and nongame species.
What degree do I need to be a wildlife biologist 
  • Most of our wildlife biologist have B.S. degrees in wildlife biology or a related field.
  • Many of our research biologists have M.S. degrees with a strong background in statistics.

Wildlife Information & Education

What information and education staff do:
  • Teach the public about DFW programs.
  • Communicate with radio, television and newspaper media.
  • Update websites and social media.
  • Work with teachers and other educators to spread natural resources information and messages.
  • Public relations and speaking.
  • Coordinate volunteer programs.
What degree do I need:
  • B.S. degree wildlife/fisheries biology or natural resources, education or related field.
  • Many of our information and education staff have expensive public speaking experience and often hold degrees in higher education such as M.S. degrees.

Law Enforcement

Conservation officers enforce the rules and regulations associated with fish and wildlife. The Indiana DNR’s Law Enforcement Division’s mission is to protect, as well as, encourage the wise use of all our natural resources, and to serve the citizenry of the State of Indiana through an aggressive educational campaign and a highly visible law enforcement presence. A person wanting to apply to the Conservation Officers Recruit Training School must have an associate’s degree or have completed at least two years of a four year program.