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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:
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
Accounting Technician 3 (1)
Administrative Assistant 1 (8)
Administrative Assistant 2
Administrative Sec (1)
Architectual Technician 1
Assistant Survey Party Chief (1)
Budget Analyst 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
Environmental Program Supervisor (23)
Environmental Specialist (102)
Environmental Specialist Senior (64)
Executive Officer 1 (6)
Executive Officer 2 (25)
Executive Officer 3
Executive Sec (1)
Facilities Engineer 1
Facilities Engineer 2 (4)
Facilities Engineer Associate (1)
Facilities Main Coordinator (1)
Forester 3 (4)
Geologist Technician (1)
Human Resources Associate
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)
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
Public Service Executive 3
Public Service Executive 4
Public Service Executive 5
Public Service Executive 6 (1)
Public Service Supervisor 2 (1)
Purchasing Agent 3
Purchasing Assistant (1)
Right of Way Agent 2 (1)
Right of Way Agent 3
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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For DNR specific listings:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Veterinarian position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Iowa State Vet Lab in Ames, IA. The purpose of this position is to apply expert knowledge, experience, and skills to develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive statewide programs for the prevention, detection, control, and management of known and emerging diseases of wildlife (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians) in Iowa. Serve as the State’s wildlife health expert and represent the Department in collaborative programs with academic institutions and state and federal agencies in investigations, monitoring, and research of diseases and other factors that affect the health and survival of wildlife of the State.
For specific job duties, requirements, and application information, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa, and search by job title.
Application deadlines for the following seasonal positions are Friday, February 1, 2019.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section is seeking two summer monitoring assistants. Assistants will work with Iowa DNR biologists to identify, measure, collect, and record various types of biological, chemical and physical data from shallow lakes and wetlands located in Iowa. The objectives of this project are to assess the ecological condition of these systems related to statewide and federal initiatives to understand and improve water quality.
Work will be performed primarily from May through August, with potentially flexible start/finish dates. This work will require extensive travel and overnight stays throughout Iowa most of the summer. Pay will be $12 per hour. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed per State of Iowa travel rules. Successful candidates will be based out of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa. Start date is somewhat flexible but is expected to begin in early May and continue through early October.
Duties will include the following related activities:
Employees will gain valuable work experience in the following ways: 1) learn methods and techniques related to wetland/shallow lake sampling, 2) gain first-hand knowledge of wetlands/shallow lakes and the issues that face them, 3) gain valuable experience communicating with the public and working in teams, and 4) gain a working knowledge of numerous aquatic/upland wildlife and plants species, as well as wetland/shallow lake fish and invertebrates.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, February 1st, 2019
To apply, please send a resume that includes the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references, and a cover letter with available start and end dates, electronically or by mail to:
Brandon Harland – Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
502 E. 9 th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
For questions call: (515) 725-8378
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER.
The Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) is seeking three summer field sampling technicians. Technicians will earn an hourly of $12.00 per hour. Technicians will have the opportunity to work directly with the Iowa DNR State Park Beach Monitoring and Harmful Algae Bloom programs. The Beach Monitoring program was developed to assess water quality conditions at swimming areas at Iowa DNR managed parks throughout the state to promote the health and safety of beachgoers.
Applicants must be able to develop a working knowledge of the Iowa DNR Beach monitoring program, Iowa DNR policies, and procedures. Applicants should possess a basic understanding of water quality and monitoring practices and be willing to work long hours in the field under all types of weather conditions. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, with appointment contingent upon a successful screening of their driving record.
Candidates must be able to work outdoors and withstand physically demanding work, including traversing rough terrain and stream banks. Activities include stooping, bending and lifting up to 30 pounds. Applicants will be expected to collect and analyze water samples from state-owned beaches for much of the week, with the potential to work on other tasks within the Section as time and budget permit. Monitoring will call for extensive travel throughout the state and will require some overnight stays. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed per State of Iowa travel rules. Successful candidates will be based out of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa.
Employees will gain valuable experience in: 1) methods and techniques related to surface water sampling; 2) laboratory techniques used to characterize water quality at State Park Beaches; 3) communicating with the general public and other agencies.
Those seeking full-time seasonal work (30-40 hours per week) are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter and resume including names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references electronically or by mail to:
Beach Monitoring Program Coordinator
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Office (515) 725-8379
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EOE/AA employer.
Natural Resources Aide—Environmental Monitoring Field Technician
Position: Environmental Monitoring Field Technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assist with water quality and biological sampling. Position will be based in Des Moines, IA, with travel statewide. Start date is somewhat flexible, but is expected to begin in early May and continue through early October.
Job Description: The principle duty of this position will be to assist IDNR staff with field monitoring activities, including lake water quality sampling, sand coring, maintenance of continuous monitoring equipment, urban storm water sampling, stream habitat surveys, stream invertebrate sampling and fish surveys (electro shocking). Other duties will include data compilation and analysis, and limited GIS data processing. Position is 40 hours per week, but field days may extend beyond 8 hours per day and work schedule may fluctuate throughout the season. Final schedule would be coordinated upon selection and may involve extensive travel and long hours in the field. Work schedule may periodically involve staying in motels and/or camping. Lodging costs and meal expenses for overnight stays while traveling for work will be reimbursed by the DNR. The position pays $12/hr.
Qualifications: Coursework in biology, fisheries, environmental sciences, or related field is recommended. This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds and perform physical labor, outdoors, in any type of weather and/or in rugged terrain. Candidate must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle with a trailer, an outboard motor and boat, the ability to follow all rules, policies and procedures of the department. Position requires regular attendance, ability to work evenings and weekends when scheduled, or when called upon to do so. Position may require overnight travel when necessary to accomplish the objectives of the research team. The position requires ability to use PC based software at a moderate level (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, Arc Map and various Internet-based programs).
Deadline for application: February 1st, 2019
Interested applicants can mail, email, or fax resume and references to:
Natural Resources Biologist
Watershed Improvement Section
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Fax: (515) 725 8202
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA Employer.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two (2) job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Wildlife Bureau at Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Wallingford, IA and Missouri River Wildlife Unit in Whiting, IA. The purpose of these positions is to oversee implementation of the management plans for the Wildlife Management Areas, which include restoration and maintenance of quality wildlife habitats. Additional duties include: repair and maintenance of WMU facilities, assist with preparation of reports, records, and documents, as well as assist with population management.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer, within the Flood Plain Management and Dam Safety Section in Des Moines, Iowa. Duties include conducting technical analysis of proposed flood plain development projects to determine if the proposal meets technical and regulatory requirements. Analysis may include, but is not limited to, calculating base flood elevations with the use of hydrologic and hydraulic principles, computer software models, and appropriate data review, quantification, and confirmation.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer Senior, within the Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Water Quality Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. The position will be responsible as the lead worker in implementing Iowa's water quality standards by helping to provide timely and technically sound waste load allocations (WLAs) for new and existing discharges and wastewater construction permits.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a NE District Parks Supervisor position, within the Parks Bureau located in Manchester, IA. The purpose of this position is to directly supervise 21 employees, develop and oversee employee schedules and assignments to assure adequate park coverage. This position ensures that personnel practices, including hiring, firing, promotions, reclassification, leaves of absence, work schedules and assignments, performance reviews and recognition, training, staff development and exit interviews are conducted in accordance with departmental policy, contractual language and DAS/HRE processes and rules.
Each summer, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hires individuals to serve as Seasonal Water Patrol (WP) and ATV Patrol (ATVP). They patrol Iowa's waterways and shores, and ATV parks and riding areas, respectively, ensuring the safety of recreationists and the protection of resources.
Seasonal Patrol are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. These are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties for Water Patrol include checking for compliance with Iowa's navigation and fishing regulations and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. This is where Water Patrol spend the majority of their time. ATV Patrol duties include patrolling Iowa’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks and riding areas by ATV, motor vehicle and foot; checking for compliance with Iowa's ATV regulations; and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. This is where ATV Patrol spend the majority of their time.
Both Water and ATV Patrol also provide public assistance and safety education through personal contacts and by sometimes participating in DNR's educational programs.
Often, Seasonal Patrol are the first to respond to the scene of emergency situations such as accidents, missing persons or other calls for assistance. After assessing the situation and alerting officers and/or other agencies, they continue to assist investigating officers and rescue personnel.
When not patrolling, Seasonal Patrol must maintain their issued patrol vehicles and/or vessels, safety equipment and gear, and storage facilities in accordance with directives.
A final component of the job is the completion of required administrative duties, such as activity reports, case information narratives, timesheets, citations, and vehicle/vessel usage records. This type of activity is usually done at the patrol station; in some areas such as northwest Iowa's West Lake Okoboji, that station may be on the water's edge; in others, it may be where equipment is stored.
Work Schedule and Pay:
Seasonal Patrol work a 40-hour work week, with two days off per week during the week. The exact schedule varies by location and is assigned by the supervisor, but entails working weekends (including all the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day and in all types of weather. Pay for Summer 2017 will be $12.00 per hour.
Seasonal Patrol have issued the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Boats and machines vary in size and type, depending on the duty station. They have issued all the required safety equipment for their boats and vehicles, binoculars, warning and citation books, and a radio and cell phone for communicating with DNR officers, other law enforcement agencies, and the recreating public.
Before beginning patrol duties at their assigned areas, Seasonal Patrol attends formal training, usually held at Camp Dodge near Des Moines. While attending this training, lodging and meals are provided by the DNR. This training is provided by the Conservation Officer Instructor/Trainers within the DNR and by personnel from other state and local law enforcement agencies.
This training includes an intense introduction to defensive tactics, approach skills and tactics, professional communications, administrative responsibilities, and understanding, interpreting and enforcing the Code of Iowa, especially in relation to navigation, fishing, ATVs, and parks.
See posted listings for Water Patrol Officers and ATV Patrol Officers for position specific information and applications. When positions are available, they will be included on our employment page, along with other employment opportunities.
The application period is currently closed for ATV Patrol Officers.
Lakeview OHV Park - Ely (Johnson County)
North Central Iowa:
Gypsum City and Nicholson-Ford OHV Parks - (Webster and Marshall Counties)
South Central Iowa:
Rathbun and Bluff Creek OHV Parks (Appanoose and Mahaska Counties)
River Valley OHV Park - Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County)
Riverview and Tama County OHV Parks (Black Hawk and Tama Counties)