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.

[Sept 4] Position: Environmental Specialist Senior

Are you looking for a senior environmental role working with contaminated sites? Are you excited about the possibility of serving the citizens of the State of Iowa? If so, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a career job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior in the Solid Waste and Contaminated Sites Section of the Land Quality Bureau. This important position provides statewide oversight as the lead worker role for determining procedures and criteria the department will use to identify parties responsible for releases of hazardous substances or pollutants, and cleanup actions and direction necessary for the protection of groundwater and soils, within the state authority of Iowa Code Chapter 567 - 133.

This senior role will also serve as the lead worker for sites in the voluntary cleanup program, state-lead sites in coordination with federal Comprehensive Environmental Response and Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA) authority, and coordination of remedial actions at federal defense sites.The position will include conducting or assigning site reviews to appropriate staff, directing responsible parties for response actions, monitoring and reporting to the supervisor on the status of sites, and ensuring that site activities occur timely for sites assigned to both this position, as well as to other staff. The position will identify problems or concerns in the program and propose solutions to the section supervisor, and work to implement them.

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

Job number: 23-00517
Location: 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, 40 hours/week, some travel
Closing Date: September 4, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[Aug 24] Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 (NRT1)

The Department of Natural Resources has three vacancies for a Natural Resources Technician 1. The locations are: 1) Maquoketa Wildlife Unit; 2) Nishnabotna Wildlife Unit; and 3) Sugema Wildlife Unit.

Job number: 23-00475
Location: State of Iowa, see position description
Hours: 8:00 -4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: August 24, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 (NRT1)


[Aug 22] Position: Environmental Specialist Senior

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior at the Environmental Services Division - Field Office #4 located in Atlantic, Iowa. This is a lead worker position charged with promoting compliance with environmental regulations within southwest Iowa, through data review and management, routine and advanced compliance inspections, technical compliance assistance, complaint investigation and resolution, response to spills of hazardous materials, and preparation of compliance reports and enforcement documents. This position is frequently working in the field on sometimes difficult terrain and in all weather conditions.

Job number: 23-00433
Location: 1401 Sunnyside Ln., Atlantic, Iowa 50022
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, statewide travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings
Closing Date: August 22, 2022 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[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