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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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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:

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Position: Seasonal Park Aides [Apr 8]

The DNR's State Parks Bureau is hiring seasonal aides in many state parks for the 2019 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 $10.96 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 of locations 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.


Job number: n/a - Seasonal
Location: Many State Parks - See attached List of Locations
Hours: May through September. Will work with student schedules
Closing Date: April 8, 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: Administrative Assistant – Forestry Section [Mar 28]

The Department of Natural Resources has an Administrative Assistant 1 position available within the Conservation and Recreation Division located at the State Nursery in Ames, IA. The basic purpose of this position is to be support to the State Forest Nursery in processing nursery orders and shipments, purchasing and contracting goods and services,nursery order system operation and management, seed procurement, and other tasks as assigned by the Nursery Manager to ensure the growth and sale of quality tree and shrub seedlings.


Job number: 19-02142
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Forestry Section, Ames, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, subject to change, overnight travel and weekend work
Closing Date: March 28, 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: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau [Mar 27]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at Rockwell City Service Center in Rockwell City, IA. The purpose of this position is to develop long term plans to improve wildlife habitat and wildlife populations on private lands, work with the USDA from FSA and NRCS to deliver cost-shared conservation practices on private lands, as well as contract all necessary wildlife habitat management activities on farms enrolls in the Iowa Habitat and Access Process (IHAP) for a multi-county area in northwest Iowa.


Job number: 19-02101
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Rockwell City, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, M-F, occasional extended hours and overnight travel
Closing Date: March 27, 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

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