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?

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!

DNR Job Classifications

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:

+ Permanent Employment, Job Class Descriptions


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[OPENING] Natural Resources Aide - Environmental Monitoring Field Technician [Jan 26]

Environmental Monitoring Field Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assist with water quality and biological sampling. Position will be based in Des Moines, IA, with travel statewide. Start date is somewhat flexible, but is expected to begin in early April and continue through early October.

For more information and how to apply:

+ Environmental Monitoring Field Technician


[OPENING] Water Monitoring Summer Field Technicians Seasonal Opportunity [Jan 26]

The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) is seeking three summer field sampling technicians. Technicians will earn an hourly wage based on experience and skill level.

Technicians will have the opportunity to work directly with the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring and Harmful Algae Bloom programs. The Beach Monitoring program was developed to assess water quality conditions at swimming areas at Iowa DNR managed parks throughout the state to promote the health and safety of beachgoers.

For more information and how to apply:

+ Water Monitoring Summer Field Technicians


[OPENING] Wetland & Shallow Lake Monitoring Seasonal Opportunity [Jan 26]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section is seeking two summer wetland monitoring assistants. Assistants will work with wetland monitoring biologists to identify, measure, collect, and record various types of biological, chemical and physical data from wetlands and shallow lakes located in Iowa. The objectives of this project are to assess the ecological condition of these systems related to statewide and federal initiatives to understand and improve water quality.

Work will be performed primarily from late May to late August, with potentially flexible start / finish dates. This work will require extensive travel and overnight stays throughout Iowa most of the summer. Pay will be $12 per hour. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed per State of Iowa travel rules. Successful candidates will be based out of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information and how to apply:

+ Wetland Monitoring Assistants

Seasonal Patrol Officers
+ Seasonal Patrol Officers, General information
+ Water Patrol Officers [OPEN, Deadline 02/12/18]
+ ATV Patrol Officers [CLOSED]