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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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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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For DNR specific listings:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Each summer, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hires individuals to serve as Seasonal Water Patrol (WP) and ATV Patrol (ATVP). They patrol Iowa's waterways and shores, and ATV parks and riding areas, respectively, ensuring the safety of recreationists and the protection of resources.
Seasonal Patrol are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. These are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties for Water Patrol include checking for compliance with Iowa's navigation and fishing regulations and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. This is where Water Patrol spend the majority of their time. ATV Patrol duties include patrolling Iowa’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks and riding areas by ATV, motor vehicle and foot; checking for compliance with Iowa's ATV regulations; and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. This is where ATV Patrol spend the majority of their time.
Both Water and ATV Patrol also provide public assistance and safety education through personal contacts and by sometimes participating in DNR's educational programs.
Often, Seasonal Patrol are the first to respond to the scene of emergency situations such as accidents, missing persons or other calls for assistance. After assessing the situation and alerting officers and/or other agencies, they continue to assist investigating officers and rescue personnel.
When not patrolling, Seasonal Patrol must maintain their issued patrol vehicles and/or vessels, safety equipment and gear, and storage facilities in accordance with directives.
A final component of the job is the completion of required administrative duties, such as activity reports, case information narratives, timesheets, citations, and vehicle/vessel usage records. This type of activity is usually done at the patrol station; in some areas such as northwest Iowa's West Lake Okoboji, that station may be on the water's edge; in others, it may be where equipment is stored.
Work Schedule and Pay:
Seasonal Patrol work a 40-hour work week, with two days off per week during the week. The exact schedule varies by location and is assigned by the supervisor, but entails working weekends (including all the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day and in all types of weather. Pay for Summer 2017 will be $12.00 per hour.
Seasonal Patrol have issued the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Boats and machines vary in size and type, depending on the duty station. They have issued all the required safety equipment for their boats and vehicles, binoculars, warning and citation books, and a radio and cell phone for communicating with DNR officers, other law enforcement agencies, and the recreating public.
Before beginning patrol duties at their assigned areas, Seasonal Patrol attends formal training, usually held at Camp Dodge near Des Moines. While attending this training, lodging and meals are provided by the DNR. This training is provided by the Conservation Officer Instructor/Trainers within the DNR and by personnel from other state and local law enforcement agencies.
This training includes an intense introduction to defensive tactics, approach skills and tactics, professional communications, administrative responsibilities, and understanding, interpreting and enforcing the Code of Iowa, especially in relation to navigation, fishing, ATVs, and parks.
See posted listings for Water Patrol Officers and ATV Patrol Officers for position specific information and applications. When positions are available, they will be included on our employment page, along with other employment opportunities.
The application period is currently closed for ATV Patrol Officers.
Lakeview OHV Park - Ely (Johnson County)
North Central Iowa:
Gypsum City and Nicholson-Ford OHV Parks - (Webster and Marshall Counties)
South Central Iowa:
Rathbun and Bluff Creek OHV Parks (Appanoose and Mahaska Counties)
River Valley OHV Park - Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County)
Riverview and Tama County OHV Parks (Black Hawk and Tama Counties)