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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:

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Position: Environmental Specialist (4) – Field Services and Compliance Bureau [Feb 25]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has four (4) Environmental Specialist job openings within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau, with one vacancy at Field Office #1 in Manchester, two (2) vacancies at Field Office #2 in Mason City, and one vacancy at Field Office #6 in Washington, Iowa. These positions are responsible for preparing and conducting on-site inspections of animal feeding operations, public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, air pollution sources and control equipment, storm water control, sanitary disposal projects, regulated underground storage tank systems, emergency response, or flood plains as directed. Inspection duties will require familiarity, knowledge and review of applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, geographic information, and physical inspections of facilities. Inspections include sampling for environmental contaminants and interpretation of scientific data.


Job number: 19-01818
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services and Compliance Bureau, Manchester, IA
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, travels frequently during the work week, occasional evenings for public/other meetings, occasional overnight stays
Closing Date: February 25, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

Job number: 19-01816
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services and Compliance Bureau, Mason City, IA
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, travels frequently during the work week, occasional evenings for public/other meetings, occasional overnight stays
Closing Date: February 25, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

Job number: 19-01817
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services and Compliance Bureau, Washington, IA
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, travels frequently during the work week, occasional evenings for public/other meetings, occasional overnight stays
Closing Date: February 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: Natural Resource Biologist (Avian Ecologist) – Wildlife Bureau [Feb 25]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Avian Ecologist within the Wildlife Bureau located in Boone, IA. This position monitors population trends and distribution of wildlife species to assess their status. To accomplish this, the Avian Ecologist collects data in the field using bird point counts, radio telemetry, or other field techniques, and conducts data analyses to estimate density and occupancy of various bird species. This position also assists in designing and implementing new monitoring or research projects, including grant writing, as needed to determine needs for non-game birds, particularly species of greatest conservation need.


Job number: 19-01692
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Boone, IA
Hours: Non-standard work week, travel, overnights
Closing Date: February 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: Environmental Program Supervisor – Field Services & Compliance Bureau [Feb 21]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Program Supervisor within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau located in Spencer, IA. This position performs as Supervisor of a regional environmental field office (Spencer, Iowa) with oversight of 16 employees. Schedule and manage office staff activities in accordance with work priorities. Coordinate on-site inspections of public water supplies, wastewater treatment plants, animal feeding operations, air pollution sources and control equipment, sanitary disposal projects, regulated underground storage tank systems, and flood plains, as well as response to complaints of environmental regulations and protection of the public health, safety and the environment. Coordinate emergency responses to environmental emergencies, reported spills and hazardous conditions within the region or on an inter regional cooperative basis, as appropriate. Assign or complete special projects, as requested by Supervisor.


Job number: 19-01798
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services & Compliance Bureau, Spencer, IA
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, statewide travel for meetings and occasional evenings for public/other meeting
Closing Date: February 21, 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: Executive Officer 3 (Policy Advisor/Legislative Liaison) – Environmental Services Division [Feb 21]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Executive Officer 3 to serve as Chief Policy Advisor and Legislative Liaison for the Department’s Environmental Services Division. This position serves as a chief policy adviser to the Administrator of the Environmental Services Division (ESD) (5 Bureaus) and represents the Division Administrator in his/her absence or at his/her direction. This work includes, but is not limited to being a representative at Environmental Protection Commission meetings; representing the Division at executive management meetings and making recommendations and decisions on behalf of the Environmental Protection Division; Providing leadership to the ESD management team and assistance in implementing decisions; and Representing the Department and ESD in meetings with the public and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.


Job number: 19-01810
Location: Environmental Services Division, Des Moines, IA
Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week
Closing Date: February 21, 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.


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