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.
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.
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.
Join the Team
Photo of a DNR employee introducing a bluejay to a child
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 Icon You will be eligible for the State of Iowa pension program (IPERS) and for a supplemental retirement plan with monthly matches.
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

2023 Seasonal Positions

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Seasonal Park Patrol Officers are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. Patrol Officers are positions of high responsibility helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. Patrol Officer positions are available in state parks and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks across Iowa.

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Locations include (# refers to SPO positions):

  • District 1: Black Hawk (1), Gull Point (2), Lewis and Clark (1), Stone (1)
  • District 2: Clear Lake (1), George Wyth (1), McIntosh Woods (1), Yellow River Camping (2)
  • District 3: Lake Anita (1), Lake Manawa (1), Lake of Three Fires (1), Prairie Rose (2), Springbrook (1), Waubonsie (1), Wilson Island (1)
  • District 4: Big Creek (1), Honey Creek (1), Ledges (1), Rock Creek (1)
  • District 5: Macbride (2), Lake Wapello (2), Pleasant Creek (2), Wapsipinicon (1)
  • OHV Parks: Gypsum City (1), Bluff Creek (1), RiverView (1), LakeView (1)
Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Position Information
Park Contact Information Listings

Seasonal Park Employee
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Iowa State Parks are seeking motivated individuals to help maintain the park for the 2023 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. Duties include various aspects of park operations including facility and grounds maintenance, natural resource management, and visitor engagement. The role of the seasonal employee plays an integral part in enhancing visitors' experience.
Seasonal Park Employee Position Information

[Mar 29] Position: Underground Storage Tank Specialist (ES) – Land Quality Bureau

Apply now for our Underground Storage Tank Specialist, which will assist the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section by providing a critical service to the state of Iowa. This position is primarily responsible for providing oversight of assessment and cleanup at leaking underground storage tank sites as well as working to prevent leaks at operating underground storage tank systems by ensuring all facilities are in compliance with our regulations.

Job number: 23-03110
Location: 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F, light travel, minimal overnights
Closing Date: March 29, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Underground Storage Tank Specialist (ES) – Land Quality Bureau


[Mar 29] Position: Program Management and Certification Coordinator (PP2) – Land Quality Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources encourages all applicants to upload a current resume and cover letter to their online application.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking an energetic and detail-oriented candidate to serve as the Program Management and Certification Coordinator for the Underground Storage Tank team. This position is primarily responsible for data management/analysis for the underground storage tank program as well as administering and maintaining the certification programs for underground and leaking underground storage tank related programs within the Department.

Job number: 23-03111
Location: 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F, light travel, minimal overnights
Closing Date: March 29, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Program Management and Certification Coordinator (PP2) – Land Quality Bureau


Iowa DNR Careers

Current openings with the Iowa DNR can be found listed on this page below, but also through the State of Iowa employment portal.

Find a State of Iowa Career

For DNR specific listings:

  • Choose to "Filter"
  • Choose an "Agency"
  • DNR will be listed as
    542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Looking to volunteer? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

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.

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.