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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:
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
Accounting Technician 3 (1)
Administrative Assistant 1 (8)
Administrative Assistant 2
Administrative Sec (1)
Architectual Technician 1
Assistant Survey Party Chief (1)
Budget Analyst 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
Environmental Program Supervisor (23)
Environmental Specialist (102)
Environmental Specialist Senior (64)
Executive Officer 1 (6)
Executive Officer 2 (25)
Executive Officer 3
Executive Sec (1)
Facilities Engineer 1
Facilities Engineer 2 (4)
Facilities Engineer Associate (1)
Facilities Main Coordinator (1)
Forester 3 (4)
Geologist Technician (1)
Human Resources Associate
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)
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
Public Service Executive 3
Public Service Executive 4
Public Service Executive 5
Public Service Executive 6 (1)
Public Service Supervisor 2 (1)
Purchasing Agent 3
Purchasing Assistant (1)
Right of Way Agent 2 (1)
Right of Way Agent 3
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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The DNR's State Parks Bureau is hiring seasonal aides in many state parks for the 2020 summer season. Duties will include general park and trail maintenance include facilities, park rule enforcement, public programming, and invasive species control. These positions offer experience with lake, prairie, woodland, trail, and/or campground management. Applicants must be available for various shifts including weekends, evenings and holidays. This position is restricted to 40 hours a week with no overtime or compensatory time available. Starting wage is $11.30 per hour.
Preference will be given to individuals in a natural resource-related field of study. Applicants must be 18 years of age, able to communicate well with the public; work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; be willing to operate equipment such as mowers, tractors, and chainsaws; and must possess a valid driver’s license.
The attached list provides mailing address and email for each park hiring staff this summer. Please send your resume and cover letter to the park(s) in which you have an interest. You may also call the phone number listed with any questions.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Quality Bureau is seeking up to 5 seasonal positions for the summer of 2020. Start and end dates are flexible. Seasonal positions will work with a variety of Iowa DNR Staff to help conduct water quality monitoring in Iowa's lakes, rivers and wetlands.
Position: Environmental Monitoring Field Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assist with water quality and biological sampling. Position will be based in Des Moines, IA, with travel statewide. Start date is somewhat flexible, but is expected to begin in April - early May and continue through early October.
Job Description: The principle duty of this position will be to assist IDNR staff with field monitoring activities, including lake water quality sampling, sediment and soil sampling, maintenance of continuous monitoring equipment, stream habitat surveys, stream invertebrate sampling and fish surveys (electro shocking). Other duties will include data compilation and limited GIS data processing. Position is 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. Work schedule may periodically involve overnight travel. Lodging costs and meal expenses for overnight stays while traveling for work will be reimbursed by the DNR. The position pays $13/hr.
Qualifications: Coursework in biology, fisheries, environmental sciences, or related field is recommended. This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and perform physical labor, outdoors, in any type of weather and/or on rugged terrain. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license, have the ability to operate a motor vehicle with a trailer and should also be able to operate an outboard motorboat. Candidate will follow all rules, policies and procedures of the department. Position requires regular attendance, ability to work evenings and weekends when scheduled, or when called upon to do so. Position may require overnight travel when necessary to accomplish the objectives of the research team. The position requires ability to use PC based software at a moderate level (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, Arc Map and various Internet-based programs).
Deadline for application: February 3rd, 2020
Interested applicants can mail, email, or fax resume and references to:
Natural Resources Biologist
Watershed Improvement Section
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Fax: (515) 725 8202
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA Employer.
The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) is seeking three summer field sampling technicians. Technicians will earn an hourly of $13.00 per hour. Technicians will have the opportunity to work directly with the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring and Harmful Algae Bloom programs. The Beach Monitoring program was developed to assess water quality conditions at swimming areas at Iowa DNR managed parks throughout the state to promote the health and safety of beachgoers.
Applicants must be able to develop a working knowledge of the Iowa DNR Beach monitoring program, Iowa DNR policies, and procedures. Applicants should possess a basic understanding of water quality and monitoring practices and be willing to work long hours in the field under all types of weather conditions. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, with appointment contingent upon a successful screening of their driving record. Candidates must be able to work outdoors and withstand physically demanding work, including traversing rough terrain and stream banks. Activities include stooping, bending and lifting up to 30 pounds. Applicants will be expected to collect and field analyze water samples from state-owned beaches for much of the week, with the potential to work on other tasks within the Section as time and budget permit. Monitoring will call for extensive travel throughout the state and will require some overnight stays. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed per State of Iowa travel rules. Successful candidates will be based out of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa. Preference will be given to applicants that can start by May 11, 2020.
Employees will gain valuable experience in: 1) methods and techniques related to surface water sampling; 2) laboratory techniques used to characterize water quality at State Park Beaches; 3) communicating with the general public and other agencies.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 3rd, 2020
Those seeking full-time seasonal work (30-40 hours per week) are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter and resume including names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references electronically or by mail to:
Beach Monitoring Program Coordinator
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Office (515) 725-8379
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EOE/AA employer.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section is seeking one summer monitoring assistant. Assistants will work with Iowa DNR biologists to identify, measure, collect, and record various types of biological, chemical and physical data from shallow lakes and wetlands located in Iowa. The objectives of this project are to assess the ecological condition of these systems related to statewide and federal initiatives to understand and improve water quality. Work will be performed primarily from May through August, with potentially flexible start / finish dates. This work will require extensive travel and overnight stays throughout Iowa most of the summer. Pay will be $13 per hour. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed per State of Iowa travel rules. Successful candidates will be based out of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa.
Duties will include the following related activities:
Employees will gain valuable work experience in 1) methods and techniques related to wetland/shallow lake sampling, 2) knowledge of wetlands/shallow lakes and the issues that face them, 3) communicating with the public and working in teams, and 4) numerous aquatic/upland wildlife and plants species, as well as wetland/shallow lake fish and invertebrates.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 3th, 2020
To apply, please send a resume that includes the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references, and a cover letter with available start and end dates, electronically or by mail to:
Brandon Harland – Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
For questions call: (515) 725-8378
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior located in Iowa City, IA in the Watershed Improvement Section of the Department’s Water Quality Bureau (in Des Moines, IA). The primary responsibility will be to serves as the Basin Coordinator for assigned river basins throughout eastern Iowa. In this capacity provides a wide variety of technical support and assistance to numerous locally-led watershed projects, the Cedar River Coalition, prospective watershed projects/groups, and active Watershed Management Authorities in the state.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Fish Culture Research Technician position, within the Fisheries Bureau, located at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery in Moravia, IA. This Natural Resources Technician 1 (NRT1) is an integral part of the Fish Culture Research Team. This research team conducts fish culture experiments aimed at making Iowa DNR fish hatcheries more productive and efficient. Increasing productivity at state hatcheries results in more high-quality fish for stocking into public bodies of water for both resident and nonresident anglers. The primary job duties are fish culture; buildings, grounds, and equipment maintenance; and data collection, management, and summarization
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Clerk Advanced position, within the Records Section located in Des Moines, IA. This Clerk Advanced position is responsible for converting paper records to digital images. This includes creating and maintaining a tracking spreadsheet for indexing the documents, and maintaining an inventory of boxes pulled for scanning. The Clerk Advanced will establish and create a standard operating procedure for the scanning of oversized documents and act as the point of contact with a third-party vendor.
The application period is Open. Application deadline Dec. 27, 2019.
Water Patrol Information Sheet
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)