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Paid Time Off
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Work Life Balance
Paid Time Off Icon The DNR offers a number of ways to balance work and home life through telework, flexible schedules, and time off options.
Retirement
Retirement Icon You will be eligible for the State of Iowa pension program (IPERS) and for a supplemental retirement plan with monthly matches.
Personal Development
Personal Development Icon Employees are the DNR's most valuable resources, which is why we offer a number of PDS courses for further growth and development.
Current Openings:

Current openings with the Iowa DNR can be found listed on this page below, but also through the State of Iowa employment portal.


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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.

Employment Positions listed below

2023 Seasonal Positions

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Seasonal Park Patrol Officers are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. Patrol Officers are positions of high responsibility helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. Patrol Officer positions are available in state parks and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks across Iowa.

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Locations include (# refers to SPO positions):

  • District 1: Black Hawk (1), Gull Point (2), Lewis and Clark (1), Stone (1)
  • District 2: Clear Lake (1), George Wyth (1), McIntosh Woods (1), Yellow River Camping (2)
  • District 3: Lake Anita (1), Lake Manawa (1), Lake of Three Fires (1), Prairie Rose (2), Springbrook (1), Waubonsie (1), Wilson Island (1)
  • District 4: Big Creek (1), Honey Creek (1), Ledges (1), Rock Creek (1)
  • District 5: Macbride (2), Lake Wapello (2), Pleasant Creek (2), Wapsipinicon (1)
  • OHV Parks: Gypsum City (1), Bluff Creek (1), RiverView (1), LakeView (1)
Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Position Information
Park Contact Information Listings


Seasonal Park Employee
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Iowa State Parks are seeking motivated individuals to help maintain the park for the 2023 recreation season. Iowa State Parks provide challenging environments to expand park management skills and prepare potential candidates for a career in state parks or similar fields. Duties include various aspects of park operations including facility and grounds maintenance, natural resource management, and visitor engagement. The role of the seasonal employee plays an integral part in enhancing visitors' experience.
Seasonal Park Employee Position Information

[Feb 13] Position: TMDL/Nonpoint Source Senior Engineer (Environmental Engineer Senior) - ESD/WQB/Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

We are seeking a Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment team member to help protect our watersheds and impaired waters in the State of Iowa and ensure clean water for all citizens. This pivotal role is responsible for leading and coordinating the team of total maximum daily load (TMDL) engineers in the prioritization and development of TMDLs. This position also conducts advanced water quality modeling using data that includes, but is not limited to, stream hydrology and the fate and transport of pollutants, to complete TMDLs for Iowa’s 303(d) impaired waters list in accordance with the Clean Water Act and EPA requirements. This position develops guidance and directions related to TMDLs and TMDL methodologies based on review and analysis of available technical information and Department goals. This position reviews technical aspects of TMDLs prepared by program staff and others and provides technical QA/QC on all TMDL projects. This position will facilitate internal and external stakeholder engagement to ensure TMDLs are implementable. This position will serve as a technical expert for nonpoint sources.

Job number: 23-02317
Location: 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Hours: 8:00 -4:30, M-F with some travel
Closing Date: February 13, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: TMDL/Nonpoint Source Senior Engineer (Environmental Engineer Senior) - ESD/WQB/Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

 

[Feb 6] Position: Park Ranger – Parks Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Park Ranger position, within the Parks Bureau’s located at Gull Point State Park Complex in Mildford, IA. The purpose of the Park Ranger is to provide enforcement of the Code of Iowa within the assigned area to ensure visitor safety, ensure the 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. Additional job duties include engaging in public appearances both on and off the area to promote the state park system, recreational safety, and natural resource management.

Job number: 23-02451
Location: Gull Point State Park, 1500 Harpen St, Milford, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, hours will vary during the main recreational season
Closing Date: February 6, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Park Ranger – Parks Bureau

 

[Feb 2] Position: State Park Technician (Natural Resource Technician 1) - CRD/Parks Forest Preserves

We currently have two State Park Technician positions open at Blackhawk State Park in Lake View and Union Grove State Park near Gladbrook. The team at Blackhawk State Park also manages satellite areas at Storm Lake Marina and Twin Lakes State Park. Likewise, Union Grove State Parks is operated with Pine Lake State Park as a complex. More information on these parks can be found on the Iowa DNR’s website.

This Park Technician is responsible for maintaining park facilities and property and interpreting park resources under the day to day direction of the Park Manager. Primary duties include facility and equipment maintenance, grounds maintenance, and public outreach.

Job number: 23-02413
Location: 228 S. Blossom St, Lake View, IA 51450 or1215 220th St, Gladbrook, IA 50635
Hours: M-F 8-4:30 in the non peak season, hours and shifts vary in the rec season
Closing Date: February 2, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: State Park Technician (Natural Resource Technician 1) - CRD/Parks Forest Preserves

 

[Feb 1 & 15] Wildlife Diversity Research Technicians - Temporary

The Wildlife Diversity Program of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking to hire three temporary technicians who are enthusiastic about non-game wildlife. Technicians will earn an hourly rate of $14.25. Each position will be stationed in a different location and have different duties: Blandings Turtle research and management in Ventura, IA; Prairie Skink and Regal Fritillary Butterfly research and management in Kellerton, IA, and a more general office-based position in Boone, IA. Successful Applicants will have the opportunity to work in some of Iowa’s most beautiful wetland and grassland landscapes and with many fascinating species of wildlife. In addition the Wildlife Diversity works in partnership with Iowa State University on the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program which is hiring 25 field technicians that will work throughout Iowa.

In addition the Wildlife Diversity works in partnership with Iowa State University on the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program (MSIM) which is hiring 25 field technicians that will work throughout Iowa. To apply for a MSIM position please email a cover letter, resume and references to: isu.msim@gmail.com


Job number: N/A (Temporary)
Location: Ventura, Kellerton or Boone, Iowa
Hours: Those seeking full-time temporary work (30-40 hours per week) are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: February 1, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. (Kellerton, IA position)
February 15, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. (Ventura and Boone, IA positions)

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:

 

[Jan 30] Position: Facilities Engineer 2 / District Engineer, Natural Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Land & Waters, Engineering

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for someone to join its Construction Engineering team. This position will act as the Southeast Iowa District Engineer, covering 17 counties in SE Iowa. As the District Engineer, this position will perform lead engineering or architectural work, providing technical advice and assistance in the planning, managing and coordinating of construction, repair and preventative maintenance for all Department facilities within the district. This position will manage a wide variety of construction projects, ranging from minor culvert replacements to complete campground reconstructions, which include water, wastewater, electrical, and pavement infrastructure replacement. Also, this position will work closely with industry-leading biologists to design and construct facilities that benefit the environment, whether it be to stabilize the landscape, improve habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, or to restore areas to a natural state.

Job number: 23-02057
Location: 2564 Amana Rd NW, Swisher, IA 52338 (other work location may be possible within SE Iowa 17-county District)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., travel as necessary
Closing Date: January 30, 2023 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Facilities Engineer 2 / District Engineer, Natural Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Land & Waters, Engineering

 

[Jan 27] Seasonal Posting: Environmental Monitoring Field Technician

Environmental Monitoring Field Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assist with water quality and biological sampling. The position is based in Des Moines, IA, with travel statewide.

Job number: N/A (seasonal)
Location: Iowa, statewide travel
Hours: 4Position is slated for roughly 40 hours per week, but field days may extend beyond 8 hours per day and work schedule may fluctuate throughout the season. Final schedule would be coordinated upon selection and may involve extensive travel and long hours in the field.
Closing Date: January 27, 2023 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Seasonal Posting: Environmental Monitoring Field Technician

[Jan 27] Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section - Seasonal Technicians

The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section (WQMAS) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking to hire five seasonal technicians for the purpose of water quality field sampling. Technicians will earn an hourly rate of $16.00. Technicians will have the opportunity to work in several of the DNR WQMAS stream, lake, shallow lake, wetland, fish kill follow-up, and beach monitoring programs.

Job number: N/A (seasonal)
Location: Iowa, statewide travel
Hours: Those seeking full-time seasonal work (30-40 hours per week) are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: January 27, 2023 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Seasonal Posting: Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section - Seasonal Technicians (5)

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.


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.