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.

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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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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.


[Nov 4] Position: Health & Safety Coordinator - Conservation & Recreation Division

The Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the employee health and safety policies and programs for the Department with the objective of minimizing accidents and injuries. This position reports directly to the Conservation and Recreation Division Administrator.

Job number: 22-01037
Location: Natural Resources, Conservation & Recreation Division
Hours: Regular office hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) with occasional travel
Closing Date: November 4, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Health & Safety Coordinator - Conservation & Recreation Division

 

[Nov 3] Position: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an Environmental Specialist job opening within the Air Quality Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. The position conducts inspections to determine compliance with the Asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), completes inspection reports, enforces compliance, and provides compliance assistance and guidance. Individuals applying for this position should possess a strong background in an environmental field, inspection procedures, and/or air quality compliance.

Job number: 22-01117
Location: Environmental Services Division, Air Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday; limited travel
Closing Date: November 3, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality Bureau

 

[Nov 1] Position: Natural Resources Biologist - Wildlife Bureau

Works with NRCS technical staff located in Area 1 (NW Iowa) to provide assistance to private landowners to voluntarily plan and implement conservation practices. Provides biological training to 24 NRCS/SWCD field offices as well as local conservation partners on current wildlife research, principals, and practices of fish, forest, and wildlife management.

Job number: 22-00995
Location: Conservation & Recreation, Wildlife Bureau, Private Lands Program
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: November 1, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resources Biologist - Wildlife Bureau

 

[Oct 28] Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 (3) – Parks Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has three (3) job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau located at:

  • Lake of 3 Fires State Park – 2303 Lake Rd Bedford, IA. 50833
  • Lake Anita State Park – 55111 750th St Anita, IA. 50020
  • Black Hawk State Park – 228 S Blossom, Lake View, IA. 51450

The Iowa DNR Parks Bureau has three openings for Natural Resource Technician 1 (Park Technician) positions at Black Hawk State Park, Lake Anita State Park, and Lake of Three Fires State Park. A Park Technician is responsible for maintaining park facilities and property and interpreting park resources under the day to day direction of the Park Manager and supervision of the Parks District Supervisor. Primary duties include facility and equipment maintenance, grounds maintenance, and public outreach.

Job number: 22-01045
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Lake of 3 Fires, Lake Anita or Black Hawk State Park
Hours: M-F 8-4:30 in non peak season, hours and shifts vary in the rec season
Closing Date: October 28, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 (3) – Parks Bureau

 

[Oct 27] Position: Environmental Specialist - Field Services & Compliance Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an Environmental Specialist job opening within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau's Field Office #3, located in Spencer, Iowa. The position will be 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. Inspection duties will require familiarity, knowledge and review of applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, geographic information, and physical inspections of facilities. Inspections include sampling for environmental contaminants and interpretation of scientific data.

Job number: 22-00999
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services & Compliance Bureau, Field Office 3
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: October 27, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

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

 

[Oct 26] Position: Purchasing Agent 2 - Budget and Finance Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Purchasing Agent 2 job opening within the Budget & Finance Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. This critical position will procure goods and services for DNR program staff through informal bid solicitation in accordance with all applicable Administrative Rules and the Iowa Code.

Primary job duties will be to review or draft purchasing specifications for Informal Requests for Proposals (RFP), Request for Information (RFI), and Requests for Quote (RFQ) for DNR program staff and solicit informal bids by contacting prospective vendors and/or posting to the Department of Administrative Services' Bid Opportunities website. This position will serve as the primary point of contact for DNR fleet vehicle inquiries and as the liaison between DNR and DAS Fleet.

Job number: 22-01058
Location: Director's Office, Budget and Finance Bureau, Accounts Payable
Hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 pm. Monday-Friday; limited travel
Closing Date: October 26, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Purchasing Agent 2 - Budget and Finance Bureau