Conservation Law Enforcement
Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Law Enforcement Bureau to protect the State's natural resources, to provide public safety and to educate and serve the public. We enhance, promote, and protect the natural resources of this state through public relations, education, and law enforcement, thus ensuring for future generations the rights, privileges and benefits we now enjoy.

Conservation Law Enforcement

Natural resources law enforcement is one responsibility of the Iowa DNR, which is the state government agency that protects and enhances Iowa's natural resources.  The department also oversees fisheries, wildlife, parks, forestry, and environmental protection.

The Law Enforcement Bureau has 90 conservation officers including six supervisors, six recreational safety officers, and 78 field officers.  All are fully certified state peace officers with the authority to enforce all Iowa laws.  As U.S. federal deputy game wardens, they also may cross state lines when violations of federal wildlife laws have been committed.

State Map with Contact information by County [PDF]


+ What do Conservation Officers do?
+ What does it take to be an officer?
+ Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact


Seasonal Patrol Officers
+ Seasonal Patrol Officers, General information
+ ATV Patrol Officers [CLOSED]
Position: Water Patrol Officer [Dec 17]

Seasonal Water Patrol Officers are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. These are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties for Water Patrol include checking for compliance with Iowa's navigation and fishing regulations and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. More: Water Patrol Information Sheet

Job Number: 19-00736
Location: State of Iowa - See Job Description
Hours: 40hr work week, two weekdays off per week. Schedule varies by location.
Closing Date: December 17, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Contact Information

State Map with Contacts

District One
Iowa DNR, NW Regional Office
Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery
122 - 252nd Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Office number: (712) 336-1840

District Two
Iowa DNR, NC Regional Office
1203 N. Shore Drive
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Office number: (641) 357-3517

Iowa DNR, NE Regional Office
Manchester Fish Hatchery
22693 - 205th Avenue
Manchester, IA 52057
Office number: (563) 927-3276

District Three
Iowa DNR, SW Regional Office
Cold Springs State Park
57744 Lewis Road
Lewis, IA 51544
Office number: (712) 769-2587

District Four
Iowa DNR, SE Regional Office
Lake Darling State Park
110 Lake Darling Road
Brighton, IA 52540
Office number: (319) 694-2430

Central Office
Iowa DNR, SC Regional Office
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Office number: 515-725-8200