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

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.


[Jul 27] Position: Environmental Specialist – Water Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position within the Water Quality Bureau’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Section, located in Des Moines, IA. The position is responsible for the review and issuance of NPDES program permits for regulated industrial, municipal, and semipublic facilities, in accordance with the Federal Clean Water Act. The position will also process permit renewals, modifications, amendments, and necessary revocation, within the regulatory requirements of the program.

Job number: 22-00081
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
Closing Date: July 27, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist – Water Quality Bureau

 

[Jul 26] Position: Environmental Specialist - Field Services & Compliance Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position, within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau’s regional office located in Des Moines, IA. The position is responsible for preparing and conducting on-site inspections of public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, animal feeding operations, air pollution sources and control equipment, storm water control, sanitary disposal projects, regulated underground storage tank systems, emergency response, or flood plains as directed.

Job number: 22-00073
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services & Compliance Bureau, Des Moines, IA
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: July 26, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist - Field Services & Compliance Bureau

 

[Jul 26] Position: Park Ranger – Parks Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two job vacancies for a Park Ranger position, within the Parks Bureau’s located at Waupsipinicon State Park in Anamosa, IA and Wildcat Den State Park in Muscatine, IA. The purpose of the Park Ranger is to provide enforcement of the Code of Iowa within the assigned area to ensure visitor safety, ensure the security of state property and facilities and to ensure orderliness within the public-use areas as a peace officer. These positions are responsible for park operations, maintenance, and administration. Additional job duties include engaging in public appearances both on and off the area to promote the state park system, recreational safety, and natural resource management.

Job number: 22-00077
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Anamosa, IA or Muscatine, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, hours will vary during the main recreational season
Closing Date: July 26, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Park Ranger – Parks Bureau