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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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Position: Park Ranger (2) – Parks Bureau [Mar 1]
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two (2) job vacancies for Park Ranger positions, within the Parks Bureau. The two (2) vacancies are at Dolliver State Park and Wildcat Den State Park.  The purpose of these positions is to provide enforcement of the Code of Iowa within the assigned area to ensure visitor safety, ensure security of state property and facilities and to ensure orderliness within the public-use areas as a peace officer.  These positions are responsible for park operations, maintenance, and administration.  Additionally job duties include engaging in public appearances both on and off the area to promote the state park system, ATV programs, recreational safety, and natural resource management. 

Job Number: 18-01313
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Otho, IA and Muscatine IA 
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, hours will vary during recreation season
Closing Date: March 1, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

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


Position: Park Ranger – Parks Bureau [Mar 1]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Park Ranger position, within the Parks Bureau located at Stone State Park in Sioux City, Iowa.  The purpose of this position is to provide enforcement of the Code of Iowa within the assigned area to ensure visitor safety, ensure security of state property and facilities and to ensure orderliness within the public-use areas as a peace officer.  This position is responsible for park operations, maintenance, and administration.  Additionally job duties include engaging in public appearances both on and off the area to promote the state park system, ATV programs, recreational safety, and natural resource management. 

Job Number: 18-01317
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Sioux City, IA 
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, hours will vary during recreation season
Closing Date: March 1, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Parks Bureau [Feb 26]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau, in southwest Iowa at Waubonsie State Park. This position is responsible for facility, equipment and ground maintenance such as service buildings, offices, shelters, lodges, docks, and heating and cooling systems. Other duties include public relations activities, administrative support, and patrol assigned areas to ensure visitor safety and security of state property and facilities.

Job Number: 18-01269
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Hamburg, IA 
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, hours will vary during recreation season
Closing Date: February 26, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

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


Position: Facilities Maintenance Coordinator – Fisheries Bureau [Feb 26]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Facilities Maintenance Coordinator position, within the Fisheries Bureau, in Spirit Lake, Iowa.This position serves to administer a comprehensive maintenance program for buildings, grounds, vehicles, and equipment to ensure the operation of Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery is not compromised and that fisheries goals and objectives are achieved.

Job Number: 18-01264
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Spirit Lake, IA 
Hours: 40 hours, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. M-F with some weekend work required. Standby duty mandatory - must report to Hatchery within 15 minutes in response to alarm calls. Rotating shifts during broodstock collection/spawning season(early April) and during spring hatch/early rearing (mid-April to mid May). Some travel and overnight stays will be required. 
Closing Date: February 26, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

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


Position: Information Technology Specialist 3 – Application Development [Feb 21]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an ITS3 position, within the Application Development Bureau, in Des Moines, Iowa. This position is responsible for serving as a technical liaison for the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation and Recreation Division for applications that are hosted externally by a vendor and third party applications. Technical support includes first level application support and data support.  This position will work under the general direction of senior Information Technology Specialists and work closely with vendor technical staff. 

Job Number: 18-01254
Location: Director's Office, Application Development Bureau, Des Moines, IA 
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Closing Date: February 21, 2018 – 11:59 p.m. 

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


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