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