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?

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 to volunteer? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

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:

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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Iowa DNR Careers

Mission:
To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

Vision:
Leading Iowans in caring for our natural resources.

Hiring Motto:
Hire the right person for the right job at the right time!

DNR recognizes and strives to capitalize on the fact that employees are our most valuable resource. DNR seeks to recruit, hire, train, develop and retain the very best employees.

Guiding Principles:
Customer Focus, Long-Term Thinking, Results/Outcome Orientation, Data-Based Decisions, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Empowerment, Valuing Employees, Mutual Respect, Collaboration, and Integrity

Core Competencies:
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Team Player, Customer Focus, and Technical Skills.

Application Preferences:
DNR highly encourages interested applicants to upload a resume and cover letter when applying for all DNR positions through the DAS NEOGOV application system.


[Apr 15] Seasonal Park Patrol Officer - Parks, Forests & Preserves Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has openings for seasonal park patrol officers for the recreation season May to September. General duties include: checking compliance with regulations, providing public assistance and responding to emergencies.

Job number: N/A, Seasonal Position
Location: Iowa State Parks and OHV Parks
Hours: variable weekdays and weekend hours
Closing Date: April 15, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements and application information: Iowa DNR Seasonal Park Officer

 

[Apr 15] Seasonal Park Employee - Parks, Forests & Preserves Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has openings for seasonal park employees for the recreation season May to September. Iowa State Parks are seeking motivated individuals to help maintain the park. General duties include: facility and grounds maintenance, natural resource management and visitor engagement.

Job number: N/A, Seasonal Position
Location: Iowa State Parks and Forests
Hours: variable weekdays and weekend hours
Closing Date: April 15, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements and application information: Iowa DNR Seasonal Park Employee Position Information

[Feb 6] Position: Environmental Specialist Senior

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior within the Water Quality Bureau. The State Revolving Fund (SRF) enables communities to seek loans to improve Iowa's water quality. The Environmental Specialist Senior position leads 4 Environmental Specialists in completing the SRF Environmental Review process allowing communities to implement practices to improve their water. Lead worker responsibilities include assigning daily tasks, establishing priorities for team members, review of work quality, updating workload analysis and tracking, as well as, providing technical training and staff development. The position will manage projects SRF environmental review projects similar to the team and special projects to advance the team.

Job number: 22-02141
Location: DNR, ESD, Water Quality Bureau, Water Quality Improvement State of Iowa, see position description
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; statewide travel required; some overnight stays or work outside normal business hours.
Closing Date: February 6, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist Senior

 

[Jan 25] Position: State Park Technician

The Iowa DNR Parks Bureau has an opening for a Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) position at Waubonsie State Park. A Park Technician is responsible for maintaining park facilities and property and interpreting park resources under the day to day direction of the Park Manager and supervision of the Parks District Supervisor. Primary duties include facility and equipment maintenance, grounds maintenance, and public outreach.

Job number: 22-02060
Location: DNR/CRD/Parks/Waubonsie State Park
Hours: M-F 8-4:30 in the non peak season, hours and shifts vary in the rec season
Closing Date: January 25, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: State Park Technician

 

[Jan 23] Position: Environmental Specialist

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist within the Water Quality Bureau. The Environmental Specialist provides technical review and project management of SRF Sponsored Projects and General Nonpoint Source program projects to ensure compliance with applicable rules and program requirements.

Job number: 22-01996
Location: State of Iowa, see position description
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F
Closing Date: January 23, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist

 

[Jan 23] Position: Environmental Specialist Senior

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior within the Water Quality Bureau. The Environmental Specialist Senior leads 2 Environmental Specialists in the SRF Sponsored Projects and General Nonpoint Source programs. As lead worker, this position will be in charge of project review and evaluation of the technical eligibility requirements needed to receive SRF funding for water quality improvements. The position will manage projects SRF Sponsored Projects and General Nonpoint Source projects similar to the team and special projects to advance the team.

Job number: 22-01994
Location: State of Iowa, see position description
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F
Closing Date: January 23, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist Senior