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Insurance Coverage

Health Insurance Icon The State of Iowa Health, Dental, and Life insurance programs allow you to pay a fraction of the cost in premiums as other employers, yet have some of the best coverage in Iowa.

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off Icon We value you and your families mental and physical well being by offering paid sick leave, vacation time, and family care time.

Work Life Balance

Paid Time Off Icon The DNR offers a number of ways to balance work and home life through telework, flexible schedules, and time off options.

Retirement

Retirement Icon You will be eligible for the State of Iowa pension program (IPERS) and for a supplemental retirement plan with monthly matches.

Personal Development

Personal Development Icon Employees are the DNR's most valuable resources, which is why we offer a number of PDS courses for further growth and development.

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.

Environmental Services


Seasonal Fisheries


Seasonal Wildlife and Parks


Water Patrol Officers


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.

Employment Positions listed below

[Jun 3] Position: Program Planner 3 - Land Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking a dedicated and experienced individual with a skillset that will help them succeed as a Program Planner 3 (PP3) within the Solid Waste and Contaminated Sites section of the DNR. Following orientation and training, the successful individual will oversee the review and approval of financial assurance documentation submittals for sanitary disposal projects, lead and manage the department's administration of the state's beverage container deposit law, and assist Solid Waste staff in administration.

Job number: 24-03762
Location: 6200 Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50321
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, some travel
Closing Date: June 3, 2024 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Program Planner 3 - Land Quality Bureau


[May 30] Position: Natural Resources Biologist - Wildlife Bureau

We are a leading organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and management. Our Wildlife Unit plays a pivotal role in ensuring the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources. We are seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our team as a Wildlife Unit Biologist. As the Wildlife Unit Biologist, you will be responsible for overseeing the administration and resource management of our Wildlife Unit. Your role will involve coordinating activities of Unit personnel, planning public area management, and annual project schedules. Additionally, you will monitor expenditures, work performance, and policy compliance.

Job number: 24-03938
Location: Clear Lake Wildlife Unit, PO Box 260, 15326 Balsam Ave, Ventura, IA 50482
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: May 30, 2024 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resources Biologist - Wildlife Bureau


[May 29] Position: Facilities Engineer 2 (Senior Design Engineer) - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau

The DNR is seeking a senior-level civil design engineer to join our team. As a design engineer, you will be responsible for lead design work on a wide variety of civil construction projects from concept through construction, with duties that include communicating with park managers and wildlife biologists, CAD drafting (experience in GIS software, AutoCAD, and/or MicroStation is required), researching and developing cost estimates and bid documents and conducting site visit inspections to verify that contracted work meets specified requirements. In this position, you will be exposed to a wide variety of construction projects that include roadway and transportation, wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment and distribution, boating facilities, wildlife habitat improvement, and water resources.

Job number: 24-03828
Location: 6200 Park Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50321
Hours: Travel as necessary, Hybrid telework may be an option
Closing Date: May 29, 2024 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Facilities Engineer 2 (Senior Design Engineer) - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau


[May 29] Position: Facilities Engineer 2 (Senior Architect) - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau

The DNR is seeking a senior-level architect to join our team. As the DNR architect, you will be responsible for lead design work on a wide variety of building projects from concept through construction, with duties that include communicating with park managers and wildlife biologists, CAD drafting, researching and developing cost estimates and bid documents and conducting site visit inspections to verify that contracted work meets specified requirements. In this position, you will be exposed to a variety of architectural projects that include new construction and/or renovations of staff offices, shop buildings, storage buildings, restrooms and shower buildings, picnic shelters, and campground kiosks. Additionally, you will be responsible for evaluating the condition of various historic DNR-managed structures, including buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in order to develop maintenance and renovation plans.

Job number: 24-03827
Location: 6200 Park Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50321
Hours: Travel as necessary, Hybrid telework may be an option
Closing Date: May 29, 2024 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Facilities Engineer 2 (Senior Architect) - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau


[May 29] Position: Facilities Engineer 1 - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. The Engineering Section is a group of design and construction professionals within the DNR that provide critical facility support and manages all construction projects that occur on DNR managed land. The DNR is seeking a mid-level civil design engineer to join our team. As a design engineer, you will be responsible for designing a wide variety of civil construction projects from concept through construction, with duties that includes communicating with park managers and wildlife biologists, CAD drafting (experience in AutoCAD and/or MicroStation is required), research, developing cost estimates, and site visits. In this position, you will be exposed to a wide variety of construction projects that include roadway and transportation, wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment and distribution, boating facilities, wildlife habitat improvement, and water resources.

Job number: 24-03824
Location: 6200 Park Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50321
Hours: Travel as necessary, Hybrid telework may be an option
Closing Date: May 29, 2024 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Facilities Engineer 1 - Land, Waters, Engineering Bureau


Seasonal Positions

Seasonal Employment Positions listed below

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal Patrol Officer at Iowa State Parks:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking (14) Seasonal Patrol Officers with the Parks, Forests, and Preserves Bureau. The positions are located at various state parks across Iowa. The positions are temporary for seasonal employees of the Iowa DNR.

To apply: Candidates are screened and reviewed at the local level. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to the contact at each location you are interested in serving. Please include available times for interviewing. Deadline to apply: May 1, 2024.
More: Seasonal Patrol Officer at Iowa State Parks


Seasonal Patrol Officer at Off-Highway Vehicle Parks:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking (6) Seasonal Patrol Officers with the Parks, Forests, and Preserves Bureau. The positions are located at various off-highway vehicle parks across Iowa. The positions are temporary or seasonal employees of the Iowa DNR.

To apply: Candidates are screened and reviewed at the local level. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to the contact at each location you are interested in serving. Please include available times for interviewing. Deadline to apply: May 1, 2024.
More: Seasonal Patrol Officer at Off-Highway Vehicle Parks


Seasonal Park Employee:
Iowa State Parks are seeking motivated individuals to help maintain the park for the 2024 recreation season. Iowa State Parks provide challenging environments to expand park management skills and prepare potential candidates for a career in state parks or similar fields.
More: Seasonal Park Employee at Iowa State Parks
Seasonal Park Employee Opportunities at Iowa State Parks - MAP

Ready to Apply?

Careers with the DNR enjoy a culture of meaningful and satisfying work with a family friendly environment. Our staff work towards the DNR mission every day, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.


Employment tips for applying.

Current openings with the Iowa DNR can also be found through the State of Iowa employment portal.

When applying, keep in mind the following tips:

  • complete the online application
  • always attach a resume and cover letter
    • cover letter is your opportunity to convey why you are interested in the position and how your skills and abilities connect to the job.
    • resume should showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities relatable to the critical competencies and essential functions from the job description you are applying for.
  • reach out to the supervisor or point of contact to ask questions and show your interest.

Iowa DNR Careers

Mission:
To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

Vision:
Leading Iowans in caring for our natural resources.

Hiring Motto:
Hire the right person for the right job at the right time!

DNR recognizes and strives to capitalize on the fact that employees are our most valuable resource. DNR seeks to recruit, hire, train, develop and retain the very best employees.

Guiding Principles:
Customer Focus, Long-Term Thinking, Results/Outcome Orientation, Data-Based Decisions, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Empowerment, Valuing Employees, Mutual Respect, Collaboration, and Integrity

Core Competencies:
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Team Player, Customer Focus, and Technical Skills.

Application Preferences:
DNR highly encourages interested applicants to upload a resume and cover letter when applying for all DNR positions through the DAS NEOGOV application system.