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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.
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.
Each summer, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hires individuals to serve as Seasonal Water Patrol (WP) and ATV Patrol (ATVP). They patrol Iowa's waterways and shores, and ATV parks and riding areas, respectively, ensuring the safety of recreationists and the protection of resources.
Seasonal Patrol 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. This is where Water Patrol spend the majority of their time. ATV Patrol duties include patrolling Iowa’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks and riding areas by ATV, motor vehicle and foot; checking for compliance with Iowa's ATV regulations; and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. This is where ATV Patrol spend the majority of their time.
Seasonal Patrol work a 40-hour work week, with two days off per week during the week. The exact schedule varies by location and is assigned by the supervisor, but entails working weekends (including all the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day and in all types of weather. Pay for Summer 2016 will be $12.00 per hour.
Seasonal Patrol are issued the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Boats and machines vary in size and type, depending on the duty station. They are issued all the required safety equipment for their boats and vehicles, binoculars, warning and citation books, and a radio and cell phone for communicating with DNR officers, other law enforcement agencies and the recreating public.
This training includes an intense introduction to defensive tactics, approach skills and tactics, professional communications, administrative responsibilities, and understanding, interpreting and enforcing the Code of Iowa, especially in relation to navigation, fishing, ATVs, and parks.
SAYLORVILLE LAKE (Polk County) (C IOWA)
The application period is open for Water Patrol Officers
Application for Temporary, Summer 2016 Employment: Water Patrol Officer
Gypsum City and Nicholson-Ford OHV Parks - (in Webster and Marshall Counties) (NC IOWA)
Rathbun and Bluff Creek OHV Parks (in Appanoose and Mahaska Counties) (SC IOWA)
River Valley OHV Park - Council Bluffs (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
Riverview and Tama County OHV Parks (in Black Hawk and Tama Counties) (NE IOWA)
The application period is currently closed for ATV Patrol Officers.
The purpose of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is to assure that in participating states, non-resident violators will receive the same treatment as resident violators. The IWVC member states reciprocate regarding the suspension or revocation of licenses and permits resulting from violation of hunting, fishing, or trapping laws. If an individual's license or permit privileges are revoked in one compact member state, they are subject to suspension or revocation in all other member states. For example, if an Iowa resident has their hunting privileges suspended in Minnesota, their privileges may also be suspended in Iowa and in all other compact states. This helps prevent habitual violators from relocating their illegal activities to other member's states.
The IWVC also has established procedures that cause a non-resident violator who fails to comply with the terms of a citation issued in a participating state to face the possibility of the suspension of his wildlife license privileges in their home state until the terms of the citation are met.
The goal of the IWVC is to facilitate improved enforcement of hunting, fishing, and trapping laws through the cooperation of law enforcement units in member states.
The topic of an interstate violator compact was first broached in the 1980s. Law enforcement agencies were looking for a way to deal with individuals who violated wildlife and resource laws outside their home state or in multiple states. Their work came to fruition in 1989 when the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact was passed into law in Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. Iowa became an active member of the compact in 2003.
Currently, there are 35 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. They include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact - Membership Map
Member States: Yes (35) No (15)
Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact - Membership List
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Law Enforcement Bureau
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
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Iowa DNR, NW Regional Office
Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery
122 - 252nd AvenueSpirit Lake, IA 51360
Office number: (712) 336-1840
Iowa DNR, NC Regional Office
1203 N. Shore DriveClear Lake, IA 50428
Office number: (641) 357-3517
Iowa DNR, NE Regional Office
Manchester Fish Hatchery
22693 - 205th AvenueManchester, IA 52057
Office number: (563) 927-3276
Iowa DNR, SW Regional Office
Cold Springs State Park
57744 Lewis RoadLewis, IA 51544
Office number: (712) 769-2587
Iowa DNR, SE Regional Office
Lake Darling State Park
110 Lake Darling RoadBrighton, IA 52540
Office number: (319) 694-2430
Iowa DNR, SC Regional Office
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319
Office number: 515-725-8200