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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.
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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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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.
The Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the employee health and safety policies and programs for the Department with the objective of minimizing accidents and injuries. This position reports directly to the Conservation and Recreation Division Administrator.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Health & Safety Coordinator - Conservation & Recreation Division
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an Environmental Specialist job opening within the Air Quality Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. The position conducts inspections to determine compliance with the Asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), completes inspection reports, enforces compliance, and provides compliance assistance and guidance. Individuals applying for this position should possess a strong background in an environmental field, inspection procedures, and/or air quality compliance.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality Bureau
Works with NRCS technical staff located in Area 1 (NW Iowa) to provide assistance to private landowners to voluntarily plan and implement conservation practices. Provides biological training to 24 NRCS/SWCD field offices as well as local conservation partners on current wildlife research, principals, and practices of fish, forest, and wildlife management.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Natural Resources Biologist - Wildlife Bureau
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has three (3) job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau located at:
The Iowa DNR Parks Bureau has three openings for Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) positions at Black Hawk State Park, Lake Anita State Park, and Lake of Three Fires 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.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 (3) – Parks Bureau
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an Environmental Specialist job opening within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau's Field Office #3, located in Spencer, Iowa. The position will be responsible for preparing and conducting on-site inspections of animal feeding operations, public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, air pollution sources and control equipment, storm water control, sanitary disposal projects, regulated underground storage tank systems, emergency response, or flood plains as directed. Inspection duties will require familiarity, knowledge and review of applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, geographic information, and physical inspections of facilities. Inspections include sampling for environmental contaminants and interpretation of scientific data.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Environmental Specialist - Field Services & Compliance Bureau
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Purchasing Agent 2 job opening within the Budget & Finance Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. This critical position will procure goods and services for DNR program staff through informal bid solicitation in accordance with all applicable Administrative Rules and the Iowa Code.
Primary job duties will be to review or draft purchasing specifications for Informal Requests for Proposals (RFP), Request for Information (RFI), and Requests for Quote (RFQ) for DNR program staff and solicit informal bids by contacting prospective vendors and/or posting to the Department of Administrative Services' Bid Opportunities website. This position will serve as the primary point of contact for DNR fleet vehicle inquiries and as the liaison between DNR and DAS Fleet.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Purchasing Agent 2 - Budget and Finance Bureau
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an Accounting Technician 3 job opening within the Budget & Finance Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. This critical position will perform daily financial accounting, auditing, and expenditure reviews, in cooperation with senior accounting staff, to ensure department expenditures align with state and federal accounting rules.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Accounting Technician 3 - Budget and Finance Bureau
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an opening within the Water Quality Bureau’s, Water Supply Engineering Section, for the position of the Drinking Water Program Coordinator. This position is responsible for the coordination of adequately implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in the State of Iowa, ensuring Iowans are provided sustainable, safe drinking water for public health protection, specifically:
Drafting, developing, facilitating, and coordinating legislation, rules, policies, procedures, goals, implementation, resources, and reporting for the Department's Drinking Water Program. This includes coordination between staff in two water supply sections within the Water Quality Bureau, and staff in the six DNR Environmental Services Division Field Offices.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Executive Officer 2 - Water Quality Bureau