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.

Looking to volunteer? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

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.

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Iowa DNR Careers

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.

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.

[Aug 15] Position: Prairie Specialist - Temporary

The DNR is seeking to hire a temporary employee to be stationed at the Prairie Resource Center. The primary responsibilities of the Temporary Worker at the Iowa DNR Prairie Resource Center are to assist the team with the production of local ecotype native grass and wildflower seed for Iowa’s public lands. The person in this position must possess strong organization and communication skills and be able to express ideas orally and in writing. The candidate must possess identification skills of plants to lead others in the propagation, maintenance, and harvest of prairie species. The person must be a leader capable of leading groups of volunteers, inmate offenders, and other employees.

Candidates must possess the ability to operate independently with indirect supervision under general coordination and program guidelines.

Job number: 23-00401
Location: Lehigh - 50557 - Webster County, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday - Hours may vary
Closing Date: August 15, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Prairie Specialist - Temporary


[Aug 12] Position: Wastewater Engineer, Environmental Services, Water Quality, Wastewater Engineering

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for an Engineer with knowledge of wastewater collection and treatment systems including industrial wastewater systems. This 40-hour work week position is within the Wastewater Engineering Section of the Water Quality Bureau, and provides technical assistance to the wastewater industry through construction plan and permit review, antidegradation alternatives analysis review and facility planning review and approval to meet state/federal regulations.

Job number: 23-00238
Location: 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Hours: regular office hours (8am - 4:30 pm) with occasional travel
Closing Date: August 12, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Wastewater Engineer,Environmental Services, Water Quality, Wastewater Engineering


[Aug 11] Position: Park Manager

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a Park Manager opening in the Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau. This position oversees operations at Volga River State Recreation Area, a 5700-acre recreation area featuring old steel bridges crossing the Volga River, rugged topography, striking rock formations, and woodland and prairie habitats. The area provides extensive recreational opportunities including 20+ miles of multi-use trails for biking, hiking, and equestrian riding; a 135-acre lake for fishing, boating, or kayaking; 7.8 miles of the Volga River for fishing or paddling; a seasonal archery range; two modern campgrounds with 89 campsites; and hunting opportunities for various game species. This position also oversees two satellite areas including Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve and Fort Atkinson State Preserve.

Job number: 23-00319
Location: 10225 Ivy Road, Fayette, IA 52142
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday - Hours will vary during recreational season; travel including overnights and weekends
Closing Date: August 11, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Park Manager


[Aug 11] Position: Forestry Administrative Assistant (AA1) - Forestry Section

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking an energetic and detail-oriented candidate to serve as the Forestry Purchasing Assistant position to join the Forestry Section team in Ames, Iowa. The primary purpose of this position is to support the State Forest Nursery in processing nursery orders and shipments, purchasing and contracting goods and services, operating and managing the nursery ordering system, seed procurement, and other tasks to ensure the growth and sale of quality tree and shrub seedlings.

Job number: 23-00314
Location: 2404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Hours: 8:00-4:30, M-F, subject to change, overnight travel and weekend work
Closing Date: August 11, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Forestry Administrative Assistant (AA1) - Forestry Section


[Aug 9] Position: Environmental Specialist

The Department of Natural Resources has an opening for an Environmental Specialist in its Water Quality Bureau's State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. This position is responsible for management of the Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Projects. This important position provides technical review, assistance and project management to ensure compliance with applicable rules and program requirements. The SRF program enables communities to seek loans to improved Iowa's water quality.

Job number: 23-00282
Location: State of Iowa, see position description
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Closing Date: August 9, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist