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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.