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 for something short term? 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:

+ Permanent Employment, Job Class Descriptions


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Position: Veterinarian – Wildlife Bureau [Feb 4]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Veterinarian position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Iowa State Vet Lab in Ames, IA. The purpose of this position is to apply expert knowledge, experience, and skills to develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive statewide programs for the prevention, detection, control, and management of known and emerging diseases of wildlife (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians) in Iowa. Serve as the State’s wildlife health expert and represent the Department in collaborative programs with academic institutions and state and federal agencies in investigations, monitoring, and research of diseases and other factors that affect the health and survival of wildlife of the State.


Job number: 19-01219
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Ames, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, weekend, holiday and nights as required; travel as necessary and required
Closing Date: February 4, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Seasonal Opportunities: Water Monitoring and Assessment and the Watershed Improvement

Application deadlines for the following seasonal positions are Friday, February 1, 2019.


+ Shallow Lake & Wetland Monitoring
+ Water Monitoring Summer Field Technicians
+ Environmental Monitoring Field Technician


Position: (2) Natural Resource Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau [Jan 30]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two (2) job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Wildlife Bureau at Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Wallingford, IA and Missouri River Wildlife Unit in Whiting, IA. The purpose of these positions is to oversee implementation of the management plans for the Wildlife Management Areas, which include restoration and maintenance of quality wildlife habitats. Additional duties include: repair and maintenance of WMU facilities, assist with preparation of reports, records, and documents, as well as assist with population management.


Job number: 19-01618
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Wallingford, IA & Whiting, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, weekends, holidays, travel
Closing Date: January 30, 2019 – 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: Environmental Engineer – Land Quality Bureau [Jan 30]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer, within the Flood Plain Management and Dam Safety Section in Des Moines, Iowa. Duties include conducting technical analysis of proposed flood plain development projects to determine if the proposal meets technical and regulatory requirements. Analysis may include, but is not limited to, calculating base flood elevations with the use of hydrologic and hydraulic principles, computer software models, and appropriate data review, quantification, and confirmation.


Job number: 19-01575
Location: Environmental Services Division, Land Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F
Closing Date: January 30, 2019 – 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: Environmental Engineer Senior – Water Quality Bureau [Jan 25]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer Senior, within the Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Water Quality Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. The position will be responsible as the lead worker in implementing Iowa's water quality standards by helping to provide timely and technically sound waste load allocations (WLAs) for new and existing discharges and wastewater construction permits.


Job number: 19-01587
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F
Closing Date: January 25, 2019 – 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: Public Service Manger 1– Parks Bureau [Jan 24]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a NE District Parks Supervisor position, within the Parks Bureau located in Manchester, IA. The purpose of this position is to directly supervise 21 employees, develop and oversee employee schedules and assignments to assure adequate park coverage. This position ensures that personnel practices, including hiring, firing, promotions, reclassification, leaves of absence, work schedules and assignments, performance reviews and recognition, training, staff development and exit interviews are conducted in accordance with departmental policy, contractual language and DAS/HRE processes and rules.


Job number: 19-01572
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Manchester, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, some non-standard days, weekends; travel required
Closing Date: January 24, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Seasonal Patrol Officers

+ Seasonal Patrol Officers, General information
+ ATV Patrol Officers [CLOSED]