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.

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DNR Job Classifications

The DNR is a diverse organization with 75 different job classifications.

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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Seasonal: Recreation Aides [Apr 6]

The DNR's State Parks Bureau is hiring seasonal aides in most state parks for the 2018 summer season. Duties will include general park and trail maintenance, park rule enforcement, public programming, and invasive species control. These positions offer experience with lake, prairie, woodland, trail, and/or campground management. 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. Starting wage is $10.96 per hour. 

Preference will be given to individuals in a natural resource-related field of study. Applicants must be 18 years of age, able to communicate well with the public; work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; be willing to operate equipment such as mowers, tractors, and chainsaws; and must possess a valid driver’s license.

The downloadable parks directory provides a mailing address and email for each park hiring staff this summer. Please send your resume and cover letter to the park(s) in which you have an interest. You may also call the phone number listed with any questions.

Job Number: n/a - Seasonal
Location: Most State Parks - see the downloadable parks directory for listings.
Hours: May through September. Will work with student schedules.
Closing Date: April 6, 2018 – 11:59 p.m.

Position: Public Service Manager 1 [Mar 26]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Public Service Manager 1 position, within the Law Enforcement Bureau. This position serves as Law Enforcement Supervisor for District 2 (Covers 18 counties in North East Iowa). The position supervises 17 Conservation Officers and 4 seasonal officers. The successful candidate will be expected to reside in the territory and divide his/her time between offices in Clear Lake, IA and Manchester, IA.

Job Number: 18-01489 
Location: Clear Lake, Iowa ; Manchester, Iowa ; NE Iowa region
Hours: Non-standard work week to include some nights, any of three shifts, some weekend and holidays.
Closing Date: March 26, 2018 – 11:59 p.m.

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Seasonal Patrol Officers
+ Seasonal Patrol Officers, General information
+ Water Patrol Officers [CLOSED]
+ ATV Patrol Officers [CLOSED]