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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For DNR specific listings:

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  • DNR will be listed as
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Open: Part-time Park Positions

The DNR Parks Bureau is looking for job applicants for summer recreational aide openings in parks around the state. 

Jobs duties will include assisting park staff in patrolling the park, helping visitors, monitoring reservations, registering campers and doing seasonal park maintenance such as mowing, trimming, trail work and facility repair and cleaning. 

Recreational aide applications need to be made through the individual parks.

Below is a list of state parks with seasonal job openings. Number of openings range from 1 to 4 per park. Please contact each park directly for more information on how to apply.

Dolliver Memorial State Park (515) 543-8298
Prairie Rose (712) 773-2701
Lake Ahquabi (515) 961-7101
Lake of Three Fires (712) 523-2700
Springbrook (641) 747-3591
Lewis and Clark (712) 423-2829
Gull Point Complex (712) 337-3211

Open: Americorps - Trail Crew; Apply Now

Position Opening: Trail Crew

Job Description:
Become part of the national service corps by joining the Iowa DNR AmeriCorps Trail Crew! Restore and maintain trails in Iowa’s state parks. Perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks.

  • Restore and construct trails in Iowa’s state parks.
  • Build erosion control structures such as pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Recruit and organize volunteers.

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an 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

3 month positions will run from May 19 – August 10, 2017

Living Stipend:$3,479 divided and paid every two weeks ($579 – taxes) during a 3 month (450 hour) term of service plus a $1,527 education award paid upon successful completion of service contract. Additional benefits include free camping, free meals during the work week, deferred student loan payments, and boundless outdoor recreational opportunities.

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. Legal guardian must sign for minors.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Capable of lifting loads up to 70 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • The position requires extensive bending, lifting, pushing, stooping, carrying and other heavy physical labor for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to work cooperatively under stressful working conditions.
  • Must demonstrate teamwork and display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Willingness and ability to commute and live in a tent at state parks across Iowa for the duration of the summer.
  • The nature of the work environment requires that members utilize appropriate safety equipment such as leather gloves, hardhat, long pants, steel toe boots and protective glasses.
  • Physical ability and willingness to serve outside for 10 hours a day swinging a hand tool with occasional weekend work.
  • Regular, full time attendance is required.
  • Capacity to adjust to change and a durable sense of humor.
  • Ability to produce quality work in a timely manner.
  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen


  • Build/maintain long lasting trails in beautiful locations
  • Training and experience: griphoist rigging, bridge building, new trail construction, timber trail structures, trail tread and drainage, trail design and layout
  • Valuable professional and networking opportunities
  • Serving the local community and visitors in Iowa State Parks, Recreation areas and Preserves
  • Meal reimbursement while in the field      
  • Iowa State Park Campsite provided
  • Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment

Enrollment Requirements:
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of a violent felony, rape, murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by- case basis in accordance with program policy. 

Post Close Date:
A rolling interview process will take place through mid-April until 12 positions are filled.

To Apply:
To receive full consideration please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three employment, volunteer, or school references to Tim Wermers, Trails Program, at or call 515-577- 3009 with questions.