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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:

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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    542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Position: Environmental Specialist – Water Quality Bureau [Aug 8]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position, within the Water Quality Bureau’s Water Supply Operations located in Des Moines, IA. This position is expected to review bid documents for SRF requirements and coordinate review of eligibility with the SRF Nonpoint Source Program Manager technical advisors, as well as coordinate review of 30%, 60%, and final plans and specifications with technical advisors. Additional duties include reviewing design concepts and consulting with sponsored project technical advisors for approval.

Job number: 20-00220
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, M-F, statewide travel required, some overnight stays or work outside normal business hours.
Closing Date: August 8, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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

Position: Environmental Specialist (2) – Field Services & Compliance Bureau [July 29]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has two (2) vacancies for an Environmental Specialist within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau located at Field Office #3 in Spencer, Iowa. These positions are responsible for preparing and conducting on-site inspections of animal feeding operations, public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, 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: 20-00101
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services & Compliance Bureau, Spencer IA.
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings
Closing Date: July 29, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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

Seasonal Patrol Officers

The application period is CLOSED. Application deadline was Dec. 27, 2019.

Water Patrol Information Sheet

Locations: The following are POTENTIAL positions that MAY be available. Only indicate on your application those that you are willing and able to work; i.e. only those areas that you would accept employment if offered. Some locations have minimal housing available included at no cost as a condition of working those stations. Those locations are not yet determined. Applicants can indicate if housing is preferred or needed.


Water Patrol: IOWA LAKES/DICKINSON COUNTY (NW IOWA) STORM LAKE (in Buena Vista County) (NW IOWA) BLACK HAWK LAKE (in Sac County) (NW IOWA) NORTH TWIN LAKE (in Calhoun County) (NW IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 10 @ MARQUETTE/MACGREGOR (Clayton County) (NE IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 9 @ HARPER'S FERRY (Allamakee County) (NE IOWA) MANCHESTER AREA (in Delaware County) (NE IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 11 @ DUBUQUE (Dubuque County) (NE IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 12 @ BELLEVUE (Jackson County) (NE IOWA) CLEAR LAKE @ (in Cerro Gordo County) (NC IOWA) MISSOURI RIVER/LAKE MANAWA (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA) MISSOURI RIVER/CARTER LAKE (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ MONTROSE (in Des Moines and Lee Counties) (SE IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ PRINCETON/CLINTON (Scott and Clinton Counties) (SE IOWA) MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ FAIRPORT (Muscatine and Louisa Counties) (SE IOWA) CORALVILLE RESERVOIR (in Johnson County) (SE IOWA) LAKE RATHBUN (in Appanoose County) (SC IOWA) LAKE REDROCK (in Marion County) (SC IOWA) SAYLORVILLE LAKE (Polk County) (C IOWA)