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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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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:

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Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau [Oct 4]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Ruthven, IA. This employee provides daily oversight, leadership and direction to two NRT1's, temporary employees, and volunteers assigned to the Ruthven Station to complete development and maintenance projects on public and private land within the Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). This employee assists the WMU Biologist in the planning of habitat development on public areas, including requirements for equipment, labor, and materials and supplies to implement the projects. Examples include vegetative plantings, vegetative manipulation by mowing, burning, or chemical application, tree and shrub planting, facility development, and wetland development and enhancement.


Job number: 20-00656
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Ruthven, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30, M-F occasional overnight travel, extended hours
Closing Date: October 4, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Position: Natural Resource Biologist – Wildlife Bureau [Sept 26]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Biologist, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Upper Iowa Wildlife Unit in Highlandville, IA. The primary duty of this position is to be the administrator and resource management professional overseeing the Wildlife Unit and ultimately coordinating activities of Unit personnel, planning public area management and annual project schedules, and monitoring expenditures, work performance, and policy compliance.


Job number: 20-00654
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Highlandville, IA
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30pm M-F, but will have evening/weekend/holiday work as needed and occasional overnight travel
Closing Date: September 26, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Position: Secretary 1 - Field Services & Compliance Bureau [Sept 25]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Secretary 1 position, within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau located at Field Office 4 in Atlantic, IA. The position will be responsible for front-desk customer service, including reception of visitors and telephone calls, answering routine questions, and forwarding issues, requests, or documents to appropriate staff.


Job number: 20-00673
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services & Compliance Bureau, Atlantic, IA
Hours: 8:00AM - 4:30PM or equivalent per week; travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings
Closing Date: September 25, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 (Trout Hatchery Technician) – Fisheries Bureau [Sept 17]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a vacancy for a Trout Hatchery Technician, located at the Manchester Fish Hatchery in Manchester, IA. The successful candidate for this Natural Resources Technician 1 (NRT1) position will work with the hatchery team to ensure that the requested species, size, and numbers of fish are produced and stocked into streams and urban ponds throughout the state to ultimately provide recreational opportunities for Iowa anglers. The primary job duties include trout culture, trout distribution, and buildings, grounds, and equipment maintenance.


Job number: 20-00598
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Manchester, IA
Hours: 40 hour work week. 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, M - F with variances. Weekend work, some evening/night duty, rotating shifts required. Some travel and overnight stay will be required.
Closing Date: September 17, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Position: Park Manager (2) – Parks Bureau [Sept 16]

The Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for two (2) Park Manager positions within the Parks Bureau located at Backbone State Park in Dundee, IA and Big Creek State Park in Polk City, IA. The basic purpose of these positions is to maintain park facilities and property and to interpret the park resources within several state parks as directed and supervised by the Parks District Supervisor.


Job number: 20-00561
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Dundee & Polk City, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30, M-F, hours vary with recreation season, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays
Closing Date: September 16, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


Position: Bureau Chief of Law Enforcement - Law Enforcement Bureau [Sept 16]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Public Service Manager 2 position, within the Law Enforcement Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. The position serves as the Chief (Colonel) of the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau. This position oversees the operations of ~90 officers and 7 program staff. It is the mission of the Law Enforcement Bureau to protect the State's natural resources, to provide public safety and to educate and serve the public.


Job number: 20-00451
Location: Conservation & Recreation Division, Law Enforcement Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: Non-Scheduled hours, routine 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, weekends, travel
Closing Date: September 16, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.


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