Due to agency reorganization and budgetary concerns, the law enforcement seasonal positions formally called Water Patrol and ATV Patrol are being changed beginning with this coming season. ATV Patrol positions will now be managed by the Parks Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; please contact the Parks Bureau for details. Therefore, the following information pertains to Water Patrol positions only.
Water Patrol (WP) are temporary, summer employees of the IDNR. These are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties include the patrolling of Iowa's lakes and rivers by boat and foot, 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.
Water Patrol also provide public assistance and safety education through personal contacts and by sometimes participating in the Department's educational programs.
Water 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 &/or other agencies, the WP continue to assist investigating officers and rescue personnel.
When not patrolling, Water Patrol must maintain their issued patrol vehicles &/or vessels, safety equipment & 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:
Water 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 Water Patrol work weekends (including all the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4th, & Labor Day) and in all types of weather. Pay for Summer 2015 will be $12.00 per hour.
Water Patrol are issued the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Boats and machines vary in size and type, depending on the duty station---WP are issued all the required safety equipment for their boats, binoculars, warning and citation books, and a radio and cell phone for communicating with DNR officers, other law enforcement agencies, and the recreating public.
Personal equipment issued includes uniforms, lifejackets, protective gloves, handcuffs and case, pepper spray & carrier, and Code Books.
Before beginning patrol duties at their assigned areas, Water Patrol attend training.
Minimum Requirements: (see also the downloadable information sheet
- Miminum Age: 18
- Valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License required.
- Submission to and clearance of a thorough background check.
- Graduated from or currently enrolled/on break between semesters of college, or about to enter first semester of college from high school.
- Ability to work alone, with the public, in a law enforcement capacity, in all conditions, on weekends, and including holidays, nights, and evenings.
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 now CLOSED. Specific details for Summer 2015 are yet to be determined, including when applications will be available.
Please refer back to this page for information, or contact Law Enforcement Chief Mark Sedlmayr: