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!

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.


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[OCT 25] Position: Secretary 2 – Customer & Employee Services Bureau
The Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Secretary 2 position within the Customer and Employee Services Bureau. This position provides primary phone reception services for the Department of Natural Resources' main office (Wallace State Office Building). Duties include: respond to incoming telephone calls to the Department's main line from the public requesting information or services; provide timely and accurate information to customers; provide professional and polite service; serve in the capacity of webmaster for IDNR. 
REQ ID Number: 18-00538
Location: Director's Office, Customer & Employee Services Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: Normal business hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, M-F
Closing Date: October 25, 2017 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search the position name.


[OCT 27] Position: Program Planner 3– Forestry Section

The Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Program Planner 3 position within the Forestry Section. The position provides Administration and coordination of the statewide Operation Releaf program for the Department of Natural Resources' main office (Wallace State Office Building). Additional duties include creating, coordinating, and administrating federally funded grants, administering Trees for Kids Grant and Environmental Education programs and other statewide marketing, as well as developing publications for partners, staff, web and media.

REQ ID Number: 18-00555
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Forestry Section, Des Moines, IA
Hours: Normal business hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, M-F
Closing Date: October 27, 2017 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search the position name.


[OCT 31] Position: Right of Way Agent 2 – Land, Water, and Realty Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources has an external vacancy opening for a Right of Way Agent 2 in the Land, Water, and Realty Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. This position is the point person for land management and property issues; including land agreements, access agreements, leases, general and utility easements, boundary, title, and fencing agreements, and provides solutions to boundary conflicts, and encroachments.

REQ ID Number: 18-00574
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Land, Water, and Realty Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M-F, some travel
Closing Date: October 31, 2017 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search the position name.


Vacancy Announcement: Range Safety Officers

The Department of Natural Resources has one (1) openings at Banner Shooting Range and two (2) openings at Olofson Shooting Range for Range Safety Officers.  This position works under the general direction of the Chief Range Safety Officer/Range Manager and the Shooting Sports Coordinator and performs a variety of tasks ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the shooting ranges.

For more information and how to apply:

+ Vacancy: Range Safety Officer