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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?
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!
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:
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
Accounting Technician 3 (1)
Administrative Assistant 1 (8)
Administrative Assistant 2
Administrative Sec (1)
Architectual Technician 1
Assistant Survey Party Chief (1)
Budget Analyst 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
Environmental Program Supervisor (23)
Environmental Specialist (102)
Environmental Specialist Senior (64)
Executive Officer 1 (6)
Executive Officer 2 (25)
Executive Officer 3
Executive Sec (1)
Facilities Engineer 1
Facilities Engineer 2 (4)
Facilities Engineer Associate (1)
Facilities Main Coordinator (1)
Forester 3 (4)
Geologist Technician (1)
Human Resources Associate
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)
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
Public Service Executive 3
Public Service Executive 4
Public Service Executive 5
Public Service Executive 6 (1)
Public Service Supervisor 2 (1)
Purchasing Agent 3
Purchasing Assistant (1)
Right of Way Agent 2 (1)
Right of Way Agent 3
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.
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For DNR specific listings:
Position: Information Technology Specialist 5 – Information Technology Bureau
The Department of Natural Resources has an opening for an Information Technology Specialist 5 position within the Information Technology Bureau. This position serves as Application Development Team Lead, provides expertise in web application and database development, mentors and directs the work of Agile SCRUM teams, consults with non-technical staff and DNR management on application development needs and design.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.
Position: Environmental Specialist – Field Services & Compliance Bureau
The Department of Natural Resources has an opening for an Environmental Specialist position within the Field Services & Compliance Bureau. The position is responsible for preparing and conducting on-site inspections of animal feeding operations, public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, air pollution sources and control equipment, storm water control, sanitary disposal projects, regulated underground storage tank systems, emergency response, or flood plains as directed. Inspection duties will require familiarity, knowledge and review of applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, geographic information, and physical inspections of facilities. Inspections include sampling for environmental contaminants and interpretation of scientific data.
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.
Both Water and ATV Patrol also provide public assistance and safety education through personal contacts and by sometimes participating in DNR's educational programs.
Often, Seasonal Patrol are the first to respond to the scene of emergency situations such as accidents, missing persons or other calls for assistance. After assessing the situation and alerting officers and/or other agencies, they continue to assist investigating officers and rescue personnel.
When not patrolling, Seasonal Patrol must maintain their issued patrol vehicles and/or vessels, safety equipment and gear, and storage facilities in accordance with directives.
A final component of the job is the completion of required administrative duties, such as activity reports, case information narratives, timesheets, citations, and vehicle/vessel usage records. This type of activity is usually done at the patrol station; in some areas such as northwest Iowa's West Lake Okoboji, that station may be on the water's edge; in others, it may be where equipment is stored.
Work Schedule and Pay:
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 2017 will be $12.00 per hour.
Seasonal Patrol have issued the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Boats and machines vary in size and type, depending on the duty station. They have 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.
Before beginning patrol duties at their assigned areas, Seasonal Patrol attends formal training, usually held at Camp Dodge near Des Moines. While attending this training, lodging and meals are provided by the DNR. This training is provided by the Conservation Officer Instructor/Trainers within the DNR and by personnel from other state and local law enforcement agencies.
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.
See listings for Water Patrol Officers and ATV Patrol Officers for position specific information and applications.
The application period is currently open. [Deadline Feb 12, 2018]
Temporary, Summer 2018 Employment: Water Patrol Officer
Water Patrol Information Sheet
The following are POTENTIAL positions that MAY be available. Only indicate on your application those that you are willing and able to work; i.e. only those areas that you would accept employment if offered. Some locations have minimal housing available included at no cost as a condition of working those stations. Those locations are not yet determined. Applicants can indicate if housing is preferred or needed.
IOWA LAKES/DICKINSON COUNTY (NW IOWA)
STORM LAKE (in Buena Vista County) (NW IOWA)
BLACK HAWK LAKE (in Sac County) (NW IOWA)
NORTH TWIN LAKE (in Calhoun County) (NW IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 10 @ MARQUETTE/MACGREGOR (Clayton County) (NE IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 9 @ HARPER'S FERRY (Allamakee County) (NE IOWA)
MANCHESTER AREA (in Delaware County) (NE IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 11 @ DUBUQUE (Dubuque County) (NE IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 12 @ BELLEVUE (Jackson County) (NE IOWA)
CLEAR LAKE @ (in Cerro Gordo County) (NC IOWA)
MISSOURI RIVER/LAKE MANAWA (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
MISSOURI RIVER/CARTER LAKE (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ MONTROSE (in Des Moines and Lee Counties) (SE IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ PRINCETON/CLINTON (Scott and Clinton Counties) (SE IOWA)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ FAIRPORT (Muscatine and Louisa Counties) (SE IOWA)
CORALVILLE RESERVOIR (in Johnson County) (SE IOWA)
LAKE RATHBUN (in Appanoose County) (SC IOWA)
LAKE REDROCK (in Marion County) (SC IOWA)
SAYLORVILLE LAKE (Polk County) (C IOWA)
The application period is currently closed for ATV Patrol Officers.
Lakeview OHV Park - Ely (Johnson County)
North Central Iowa:
Gypsum City and Nicholson-Ford OHV Parks - (Webster and Marshall Counties)
South Central Iowa:
Rathbun and Bluff Creek OHV Parks (Appanoose and Mahaska Counties)
River Valley OHV Park - Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County)
Riverview and Tama County OHV Parks (Black Hawk and Tama Counties)