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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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[Nov 3] Position: Public Service Manger 1 – Wildlife Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for a Public Service Manager 1 position within the Wildlife Bureau, located at the SW Regional Office at Cold Springs State Park in Lewis, IA. The primary purpose of this position is to provide overall leadership and coordination to a 25 county regional wildlife management program to consistently achieve Wildlife, Conservation & Recreation Division and the Department of Natural Resources' mission, goals, and objectives. Supervise three wildlife management units and a private lands initiative, to ensure optimum wildlife and recreational benefits consistent with Wildlife Bureau objectives.


Job number: 21-00955
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Lewis, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: November 3, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Public Service Manger 1– Wildlife Bureau


[Oct 26] Position: Fish Culture Research Technician (NRT1) – Fisheries Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Fish Culture Research Technician (NRT1) position, within the Fisheries Bureau, located at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery in Moravia, IA. This NRT1 is an integral part of the Fish Culture Research Team who assists a Natural Resources Biologist, Natural Resources Technician 2, and seasonal employees to conduct fish culture experiments aimed at making Iowa DNR fish hatcheries more productive and efficient. The primary job duties are fish culture; buildings, grounds, and equipment maintenance; and data collection and entry.


Job number: 21-00895
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Moravia, IA
Hours: 40 hour work week. Normal hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with participation in a weekend work rotation. Standby duty mandatory, therefore employee must live (or arrange for temporary housing when on standby) within 15 miles of the Rathbun Fish Culture Research Facility. Rotating shifts may be required during broodstock collection/spawning season. Some travel and overnight lodging required.
Closing Date: October 26, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Fish Culture Research Technician (NRT1) – Fisheries Bureau


[Dec 14] Seasonal Water Patrol Officers [OPEN]

The application period is OPEN. 
Application deadline is December 14, 2020.

Water Patrol Information Sheet

Locations: The following are POTENTIAL positions that MAY be available. Only indicate on your application those that you are willing and able to work; i.e. only those areas that you would accept employment if offered. Some locations have minimal housing available included at no cost as a condition of working those stations. Those locations are not yet determined. Applicants can indicate if housing is preferred or needed.

  • IOWA LAKES/DICKINSON COUNTY (NW IOWA)
  • STORM LAKE (in Buena Vista County) (NW IOWA)
  • BLACK HAWK LAKE (in Sac County) (NW IOWA)
  • NORTH TWIN LAKE (in Calhoun County) (NW IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 10 @ MARQUETTE/MACGREGOR (Clayton County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 9 @ HARPER'S FERRY (Allamakee County) (NE IOWA)
  • MANCHESTER AREA (in Delaware County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 11 @ DUBUQUE (Dubuque County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 12 @ BELLEVUE (Jackson County) (NE IOWA)
  • CLEAR LAKE @ (in Cerro Gordo County) (NC IOWA)
  • MISSOURI RIVER/LAKE MANAWA (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
  • MISSOURI RIVER/CARTER LAKE (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ MONTROSE (in Des Moines and Lee Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ PRINCETON/CLINTON (Scott and Clinton Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ FAIRPORT (Muscatine and Louisa Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • CORALVILLE RESERVOIR (in Johnson County) (SE IOWA)
  • LAKE RATHBUN (in Appanoose County) (SC IOWA)
  • LAKE REDROCK (in Marion County) (SC IOWA)
  • SAYLORVILLE LAKE (Polk County) (C IOWA)


Job number: 21-00896
Closing Date: December 14, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Seasonal Water Patrol Officer


[Oct 21] Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position within the Wildlife Bureau, located in Winterset, Iowa. The primary responsibility for this position is to make contact with private landowners through personal contacts, referrals from NRCS technical staff, and informational meetings. From these contacts, develop long term plans to improve wildlife habitat and wildlife populations on their properties. Practices implemented also improve water quality and reduce soil erosion. Provide information regarding Federal, State, and local programs that are available for funding assistance.


Job number: 20-00806
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Winterset, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel & weekends
Closing Date: October 21, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau


[Oct 20] Position: Environmental Specialist - Water Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position, within the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Section of the Water Quality Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. The position will draft, issue, reissue, modify, amend and/or revoke NPDES permits for municipal, industrial, semi-public facilities. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to work on municipal and industrial NPDES permits.


Job number: 20-00817
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm
Closing Date: October 20, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist - Water Quality Bureau


[Oct 20] Position: (2) Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) – Parks Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two (2) job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) position, within the Parks Bureau, located at Backbone State Park in Dundee, IA and Nine Eagles State Park in David City, IA. This position is primarily responsible for facility and equipment maintenance under the direct of the park manager, as well as ground maintenance. Additional duties include public relations, information and education, and administrative support.


Job number: 20-00797
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Dundee, IA and David City, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, hours will vary during recreation season
Closing Date: October 20, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: (2) Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) – Parks Bureau