Join Our Team: Employment Opportunities

Do you care about the environment and want to make a difference in the world? Do you like to work in an action-oriented, exciting, diverse, high-energy and challenging workplace?

The DNR is a diverse organization with many different job classifications and are listed in the drop down below.

If you are a team player, highly productive, accountable with an eye for customer service, then the DNR is the right place for you.

Looking for something short term? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

Current Openings:

For current job openings at the DNR:
https://das.iowa.gov/human-resources/state-employment

  • Click on:
    "Job Openings for all applicants"

  • Followed by: "Search Openings"

  • You can then search for DNR listings using Department #542

The DNR is a diverse organization with 75 different job classifications. The Department estimates that 21 of those classifications* will have turnover of 30% or more in the next three years due to projected retirements. The number following each job title represents the total number of full-time positions in that classification.

Job Descriptions:
For detailed information regarding these positions, please refer to the job class descriptions found on the DAS website.

Accountant 2 (2)
Accountant 3 (1)
Accounting Clerk 2 (2)
Accounting Technician 2 * (4)
Accounting Technician 3 (1)
Administrative Assistant 1 (8)
Administrative Assistant 2 * (16)
Administrative Sec (1)
Architectual Technician 1 * (1)
Assistant Survey Party Chief (1)
Attorney 2 * (7)
Biometrician (1)
Budget Analyst 3 * (3)
Carpenter 1 (1)
Carpenter 2 (1)
Clerk Advanced (5)
Clerk Specialist (6)
Conservation Officer (80)
Construction Technician (3)
Construction Technician Senior (1)
Construction Technician Supervisor (1)
Custodial Worker (1)
Environmental Engineer (35)
Environmental Engineer Senior * (18)
Environmental Program Supervisor (23)
Environmental Specialist (102)
Environmental Specialist Senior (64)
Executive Officer 1 (6)
Executive Officer 2 (25)
Executive Officer 3 * (4)
Executive Sec (1)
Facilities Engineer 1 * (7)
Facilities Engineer 2 (4)
Facilities Engineer Associate (1)
Facilities Main Coordinator (1)
Forester 2 * (18)
Forester 3 (4)
Geologist Technician (1)
Geologist 2 * (5)
Geologist 3 * (26)
Human Resources Associate * (2)
Information Specialist 1 (1)
Information Specialist 2 (9)
Information Specialist 3 (4)

Information Technology Administrator 2 (1)
Information Technology Administrator 3 (1)
Information Technology Specialist 2 (7)
Information Technology Specialist 3 (3)
Information Technology Specialist 4 (6)
Information Technology Specialist 5 (5)
Information Technology Support Worker 2 (3)
Information Technology Support Worker 3 (3)
Mail Clerk 1 (1)
Maintenance Repairer (1)
Microbiologist (1)
Museum Technician (1)
Natural Resources Biologist (68)
Natural Resources Technician 1 (53)
Natural Resources Technician 2 (75)
Park Manager (34)
Park Ranger (30)
Program Planner 1 (1)
Program Planner 2 (6)
Program Planner 3 (9)
Public Service Executive 2 * (25)
Public Service Executive 3 * (8)
Public Service Executive 4 * (14)
Public Service Executive 5 * (2)
Public Service Executive 6 (1)
Public Service Supervisor 2 (1)
Purchasing Agent 3 * (1)
Purchasing Assistant (1)
Receptionist (2)
Right of Way Agent 2 (1)
Right of Way Agent 3 * (2)
Secretary 1 (6)
Secretary 2 (11)
Statistical Research Analyst 2 (1)
Statistical Research Analyst 3 (2)
Training Specialist 1 (4)
Training Specialist 2 (1)
Typist Advanced (1)
Word Processor 3 (1)

For current permanent job openings at the DNR, visit the State of Iowa Department of Administrative Services and then click on "Job Openings for all applicants," followed by "Search Openings" and then you can then search for DNR listings using Department #542.

Seasonal Position: Recreational Aide - Interpreter

Job Title: Recreational Aide - Interpreter (full posting/application)
Location: Bellevue State Park or Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

Overview:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau is looking for job applicants for summer recreational aide openings in parks around the state, including openings at Bellevue State Park and Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. Bellevue State Park sits on high bluffs with beautiful scenic views of the Mississippi River, just south of the town of Bellevue. Approximately 20 miles north on HWY 52, is Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, a park rich in cultural and natural history. The Mines of Spain State Recreation Area is located along the southern edge of the City of Dubuque and borders the Mississippi River.

Role and Responsibilities:
Specific duties for Interpreters include presenting programs that encourage connections between the park and the visitor. You will develop programs to include research, promotion and presentation. Presented programs can include formal (guided hikes, night hikes, campfire programs, family programs, recreational activities, and special events) or informal (roving, kiosk development, weekly park newsletter advertising upcoming interpretive opportunities). Interpreters encourage active/participatory learning by visitors while ensuring visitor safety in development of programs. Programs will be presented mostly within the park boundaries; however some programs might take place in the local community. Minimum of 40 programs during the term of service with at least 1 program on Friday evening, 2 on Saturday and 1 during the remaining week. Other duties include aquarium care, and general maintenance of the interpretive center.

Applicants must be available for various shifts including weekends, evenings, and holidays. This position is restricted to 40 hours a week with no overtime or compensatory time available. Limited housing may be available at Bellevue State Park in the Dyas Unit. Each park has individual positions open for hire but the interviews will be conducted together. These positions generally run from May-September, but can be flexible with student schedules.

Preferred Skills:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or GED and some college.
  2. Ability to work as a team & on your own and keep on task with minimal supervision.
  3. Experience canoeing and kayaking (Mines of Spain SRA) is a plus.
  4. Possess public relations skills to assist park visitors with a variety of information requests.

Deadline for application: February 10, 2017

For more information:
Recreational Aide - Interpreter (full posting/application)
or contact: Jennifer.Stromberg@dnr.iowa.gov, 563-258-2239

Seasonal Position: Recreational Aide - Maintenance

Job Title: Recreational Aide - Maintenance (full posting/application)
Location: Bellevue State Park or Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

Overview:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau is looking for job applicants for summer recreational aide openings in parks around the state, including openings at Bellevue State Park and Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. Bellevue State Park sits on high bluffs with beautiful scenic views of the Mississippi River, just south of the town of Bellevue. Approximately 20 miles north on HWY 52, is Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, a park rich in cultural and natural history. The Mines of Spain State Recreation Area is located along the southern edge of the City of Dubuque and borders the Mississippi River.

Role and Responsibilities:
Specific duties include assisting with building & grounds maintenance, cleaning of restrooms & park facilities, trail repair & maintenance, invasive species and resource (prairie & woodland) management, litter removal & minor facility repair, public relations & assisting with interpretive programs (as needed), campground & shelter reservations (Bellevue SP), aquarium care, equipment operation & maintenance; safely operate power & hand tools, and ensuring the safety of park visitors.

Applicants must be available for various shifts including weekends, evenings, and holidays. This position is restricted to 40 hours a week with no overtime or compensatory time available. Limited housing may be available at Bellevue State Park in the Dyas Unit. Each park has individual positions open for hire but the interviews will be conducted together. These positions generally run from May-September, but can be flexible with student schedules.

Preferred Skills:

  1. Building/construction skills (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, concrete, etc.)
  2. Experience with outdoor power equipment (mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers, etc.)
  3. Experience with indoor power tools and hand tools (sanders, circular saws, hammers, drills, sockets, etc.)
  4. Ability to work as a team & on your own and keep on task with minimal supervision
  5. Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions (wind, heat, rain)
  6. Possess public relations skills to assist park visitors with a variety of information requests and occasionally assist naturalists with interpretive programs.
  7. Experience canoeing and kayaking (Mines of Spain SRA) is a plus.

Deadline for application: February 10, 2017

For more information:
Recreational Aide - Maintenance (full posting/application)
or contact: Jennifer.Stromberg@dnr.iowa.gov, 563-258-2239