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Indiana State ConservationistJane Headshot 2014

Jane Hardisty
Indiana State Office
6013 Lakeside Drive Indianapolis, IN 46278
Phone: 317-290-3200   
Fax: 855-458-8767


NRCS employees work in every county in Indiana. District conservationists, resource conservationists, wetland conservationists, soil conservationists, soil conservation technicians, engineers, biologists, agronomists, and soil scientists work hand-in-hand with land users to conserve natural resources on private lands. We are committed to providing high quality technical assistance, conservation planning and program information support to private land users. Together we can meet the changing challenges in managing Indiana's natural resources.

Visit USAJobs to learn more about employment opportunities with NRCS.

Civil Rights

Equal opportunity is the law of the land that applies to employment activities in both the Federal and private sectors. It is fair to say that EEO and civil rights began with the Constitution and Bill of Rights; however, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights did not mention employment discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had the greatest impact on employment by providing protection and enforcement under the law against discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for any employer to deny anyone a job because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII also prohibited discrimination in firing, promoting, training, salary, and all other privileges of employment. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC was given the responsibility to investigate EEO complaints and to attempt to resolve those complaints through conciliation and mediation.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no person in the United States shall, on the "grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Please visit Indiana's Civil Rights webpage for more information about filing complaints and more.

Outreach and Advocacy

The Mission of NRCS Outreach is to conduct business to ensure that NRCS programs and services are made accessible to all customers, with emphasis on the underserved.  Historically, underserved audiences have included tribes, minorities, women, the disabled, limited resource farmers and small-scale farmers.  Underserved audiences can also include other groups of customers, such as the Amish or organic producers.

Outreach is a way of conducting business to ensure that underserved individuals and groups throughout the United States and its territories are made aware of, understand and have a working knowledge of USDA programs and services. Outreach will ensure that these programs and services are equitable and made accessible to all.

Please visit Indiana's Outreach webpage to find definitions, publications and additional information.