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

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.

Current Openings:

For current job openings at the DNR:

  • Click on:
    "Job Openings for all applicants"

  • Followed by: "Search Openings"

  • You can then search for DNR listings using Department #542
Seasonal Positions | Recreational Aide

Performs a variety of recreational resource area tasks; performs related work as required.
The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.

Work Examples:
Assists a park manager, ranger and/or natural resource technician by: patrolling the park to ensure protection of natural resources, visitor safety and compliance with park rules and regulations; assisting park visitors with gaining a better understanding of the park and local area; registering campers, checking the park reservation system, printing and following-up on campsite, shelter, cabin and lodge reservations; assisting in building and grounds maintenance duties to include grass mowing and trimming, trail repair, cleaning of restrooms and shower buildings, litter removal and minor facility repair; responding to the phone, walk-in and mail inquiries.

Provides information about the park’s history, orients park visitors to major features located within the park, answers visitor questions, and assists in promoting and marketing the area.

Assists with equipment operation and maintenance by; sharpening mower blades; changing engine oil and performing other day to day maintenance of small power lawn equipment. Safely operates chainsaws, string trimmers, mowers, tractors and other power hand tools. Presents programs that encourage interaction between the park and the visitor. Provides educational and recreational activities with visitors including guided hikes, night hikes, campfire programs, and special events.

Competencies Required:

  • Ability to work out of doors under all types of weather conditions. Ability to withstand physically demanding work, i.e., lifting, bending, hauling.
  • Ability to use simple hand tools such as hammers, saws and gardening tools.
  • Ability to use simple power equipment; drills, saws, small mowers and small tractors.
  • Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and integrity. Refrains from theft-related, dishonest or unethical behavior.
  • Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.
  • Displays initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Responds appropriately to supervision. Follows policy and cooperates with supervisors.
  • Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
  • Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.
  • Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.

Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:
No specific education or experience is required.

Candidates for these positions must successfully pass a criminal background check and are subject to verification that the candidate is not included on a child abuse registry.

Below is a list of state parks, recreation areas and forest campgrounds with recreational aide openings. Number of openings range from 1 to 4 per park. Please contact each park directly for more information on how to apply.

Black Hawk (712) 657-8712
Prairie Rose (712) 773-2701
Lake Manawa (712) 366-0220
Lake Anita (712) 762-3564
Lake Ahquabi (515) 961-7101
Lake of Three Fires (712) 523-2700
Brushy Creek (515) 543-8298
Beeds Lake (641) 456-2047
Ledges (515) 432-1852
Springbrook (641) 747-3591
Pine Lake (641) 858-5832
Dolliver Memorial (515) 359-2539
Wildcat Den (563) 263-4337
Geode (319) 392-4601
Honey Creek St Park and Resort (641) 724-3739
Red Haw (641) 774-5632
Bellevue (563) 872-4019
Pleasant Creek (319) 436-7716
Mines of Spain (563) 556-0620
Cedar Rock (319) 934-3572
Yellow River (563) 586-2254
Backbone (563) 924-2000
Iowa DNR Summer Trail Crew - AmeriCorps Positions

Job Title: Iowa DNR Summer Trail Crew - AmeriCorps Positions
Location: Counties Across Iowa

Job Description
Become part of the national service corps and work as part of the Iowa DNR AmeriCorps Trail Crew helping to restore and maintain trails in Iowa’s state parks! Crew members perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks which may include the following activities; Restore and construct trails in Iowa’s state parks.

  • Build erosion control structures and devices such as pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases.
  • Restore native ecosystems and prairies.
  • Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Recruit and organize volunteers.
  • Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects.
  • Provide disaster relief assistance.

Trail Crew life both challenges and rewards. Our crew has the opportunity to job shadow with DNR specialists, camp in Iowa state parks, work outdoors, and build lasting friendships!

Twelve summer AmeriCorps positions are available. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and a financial education award upon successful completion of service. These positions are funded by an AmeriCorps grant and as such require the successful candidate to complete all of the required activities as outlined in the member handbook and member service agreement. More information about AmeriCorps can be found at

Contract start and end dates run from May 20 – August 11, 2015

Total Living Stipend $3,479. The living stipend is paid in two week increments during a

3 month term of service. At the end of successful completion of service, an education award of $1,515.55 is provided in the form of a certificate for an educational institution. This award can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training at eligible institutions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be available for all trainings as required.
  • Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens
  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
Additional Qualifications:
  • Capable of lifting loads up to 70 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • The ability to work cooperatively under stressful working conditions.
  • Must demonstrate teamwork and display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Willingness to learn preventive maintenance for machines and equipment used on the job. vWillingness and ability to commute and live at state parks across Iowa for the duration of the work week.
  • Regular, full time attendance is required.
  • Capacity to adjust to change.
  • Capable of using a variety of hand and/or power tools.
  • Ability to produce quality work in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to work extended hours and occasional weekends.

Post Close Date: April 4, 2016

To Apply:
To receive full consideration please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and two work, volunteer, or school references to