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.

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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:

+ Permanent Employment, Job Class Descriptions


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Position: Water Patrol Officer [Dec 17]

Seasonal Water Patrol Officers are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. These are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties for Water Patrol include checking for compliance with Iowa's navigation and fishing regulations and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. More: Water Patrol Information Sheet

Job Number: 19-00736
Location: State of Iowa - See Job Description
Hours: 40hr work week, two weekdays off per week. Schedule varies by location.
Closing Date: December 17, 2018 – 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: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Parks Bureau [Nov 29]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau at Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry, IA. The purpose of this position is to prepare sites for tree planting and direct seeding using chemical and mechanical means, plant trees using hand and machine methods, and preform tree planting maintenance. Additional duties include: assist with wildfire control, monitor and report forest conditions to Area Forester, and maintain forest road system and trails.

Job Number: 19-01090
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Harpers Ferry, IA /span>
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, hours may vary during main recreational season
Closing Date: November 29, 2018 – 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: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau [Nov 29]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau in Parkersburg, IA. The purpose of this position is to manage wildlife habitats and public use facilities on Wildlife Management Areas and to provide technical assistance to private landowners on developing conservation plans, available conservation cost-share programs, and conservation practices that enhance wildlife habitats.

Job Number: 19-01101
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Parkersburg, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, weekends, nights, holidays, travel
Closing Date: November 29, 2018 – 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: Natural Resource Biologist – Wildlife Bureau [Nov 28]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Biologist position, within the Wildlife Bureau, located in Sioux City, IA. The purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance related to wildlife and wildlife habitats to NRCS staff and private landowners in 1 of the 4 NRCS Service Areas of Iowa. This position is located in the NRCS Area 1 Office located in Sioux City and provides technical assistance over a 26 County area of Northwest Iowa.

Job Number: 19-01091
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Sioux City, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, with variations during peak season, some weekends and holidays; travel
Closing Date: November 28, 2018 – 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: Trout Hatchery Technician (Natural Resource Technician 2) – Fisheries Bureau [Nov 27]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Fisheries Bureau in Manchester, Iowa. The purpose of this position is to culture, raise, and stock trout into selected streams and urban ponds of the State to provide recreational opportunities to the public. This position works with the hatchery team at Manchester Fish Hatchery to ensure fish production and distribution is completed and all hatchery equipment, buildings and grounds are maintained. Special emphasis is placed on the ability to culture trout, recognize sick fish and treat them appropriately.


Job number: 19-01034
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Manchester, IA
Hours: 40 hr week, 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, nights, weekends, travel and rotating shifts are required
Closing Date: November 27, 2018 – 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: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Parks Bureau [Nov 23]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau at Palisades/Kelper State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The purpose of this position is to clean and maintain all park facilities including offices, service building, restrooms, shower & restroom buildings, heating and cooling systems, water and wastewater systems, campgrounds, shelters, lodges, cabins and camping cabins, docks, roadways, playgrounds, and fences under the direction of the park ranger/manager. Additional duties include, participating in the management of vegetation, wildlife and fish populations, vegetation plantings, pruning, habitat improvement and/or construction, as well as engaging in public appearances both on and off the area to promote the state parks system, recreational safety and natural resource management.


Job number: 19-01056
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Mt Vernon, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, hours may vary during main recreational season
Closing Date: November 23, 2018 – 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]