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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.

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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:

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

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.


[Apr 28] Position: Criminal Intelligence Analyst – Law Enforcement Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a vacancy for a Criminal Intelligence Analyst within the Law Enforcement Bureau, located in Des Moines, IA. This position will serve as support in two locations for the Bureau Chief and Investigative Unit. The primary job duties of this position will be to assist with the Department's Specialized Licensing Program, assist with intelligence data collection and documentation, and analyze complex intelligence.

Job number: 21-02382
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Law Enforcement Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Standard Workweek
Closing Date: April 28, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Criminal Intelligence Analyst – Law Enforcement Bureau

 

[Apr 23] Position: Conservation Officer (2) – Law Enforcement Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking qualified candidates for two (2) Conservation Officer positions located in the following counties (territories): Dickinson and Scott. The foremost duty of a conservation officer is law enforcement. To enforce all Iowa statutes and Department of Natural Resources regulations, as well as applicable federal statutes, so that resources are utilized in a safe and regulated manner, consistent with Department objectives and policies. The above shall also include preventative and cooperative enforcement programs and procedures.

Job number: 21-02332
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Law Enforcement Bureau, counties across Iowa
Hours: Non-standard work week
Closing Date: April 23, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Conservation Officer (2) – Law Enforcement Bureau

 

[Apr 20] Position: Accounting Technician 3 – Budget & Finance Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking a well-qualified, self-starter for a vacant Accounting Technician 3 position within the Budget & Finance Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. Working in partnership with senior level Accounts Payable staff, the Accounts Payable Supervisor, and the Budget and Finance Bureau Chief, this position will actively participate in the daily accounting operations of the DNR, regarding the audit of expenditure documents. This position will provide consistent and frequent communication about expenditure related functions and will ensure that the Department's expenditures and revenues align with state and federal accounting rules.

Job number: 21-02474
Location: Director's Office, Budget & Finance Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, limited travel
Closing Date: April 20, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Accounting Technician 3 – Budget & Finance Bureau

 

[Apr 20] Position: ITS4 (GIS Web Developer) - Land Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for a GIS Web Developer (Information Technology Specialist 4 classification) within the GIS Section of the Land Quality Bureau, located in Des Moines, IA. The primary responsibilities of this position include designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining geospatial web applications. The position will plan, coordinate, and implement a course of action for the assembly and dissemination of currently disparate datasets originating from various water, land, and recreation resource programs throughout the department.

Job number: 21-02412
Location: Environmental Services Division, Land Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M-F, some travel
Closing Date: April 20, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: ITS4 (GIS Web Developer) - Land Quality Bureau

 

[Apr 18] Position: Natural Resource Aide

The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking to hire a seasonal Natural Resource Aides for the purpose of water quality field sampling. Aides will earn an hourly rate of $13.00. Aides will have the opportunity to work directly with the DNR Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section stream, lake, shallow lake, UAA, wetland, and beach monitoring programs.


Job number: N/A
Closing Date: April 18, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resource Aide


[Apr 17] Temporary Worker - Prairie Specialist

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: N/A
Location: Prairie Resource Unit – Brushy Creek State Rec Area
Hours: May 1 - November 1, 2021
Closing Date: April 17, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[Apr 14] Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resources Technician 2 within the Wildlife Bureau, located at the Black Hawk Wildlife Unit in Early, IA. The Natural Resources Technician 2 (NRT2) is responsible for completion of reports on a daily, quarterly, and annual basis to comply with department policy and operating procedures. Additional duties include maintenance, inspections, and repairs of all WMU facilities and equipment, as well as overseeing the trapping and banding of wood ducks, Canada geese, mourning doves, and other animals as part of ongoing population monitoring.

Job number: 21-02414
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Early, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel & weekends
Closing Date: April 14, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau

 

[Apr 14] Position: Environmental Engineer Senior – Land Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Engineer Senior in the Flood Plain and Dam Safety Section of the Land Quality Bureau, located in Des Moines, IA. This senior position within the Flood Plain and Dam Safety Section will be responsible for providing technical and regulatory reviews and responses to flood plain joint application submittals and base flood elevation requests. The position will also function as the lead worker for other flood plain engineering staff, and will ensure that workloads and review projects are assigned and balanced between staff, review project prioritization requests, and will ensure that staff provide timely and consistent interpretation and application of administrative rules within the review process, with proper documentation and filing of project information.

Job number: 21-02338
Location: Environmental Services Division, Land Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, M-F
Closing Date: April 14, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Engineer Senior – Land Quality Bureau