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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:

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Position: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality Bureau [Dec 23]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist in the Compliance and Monitoring Section of the Department’s Air Quality Bureau in Des Moines, Iowa. Duties include: Develop, review, and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs), and Quality Management Plans (QMPs) for the Air Quality Bureau, local programs, and the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) to support operation of the state ambient air monitoring network.


Job number: 20-01415
Location: Environmental Services Division, Air Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm, some weekend work
Closing Date: December 23, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau [Dec 16]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Clear Lake Research Unit in Clear Lake, IA. This position is responsible for data entry, analysis, and graphic generation for Clear Lake Research Station. Additional duties include participating in a wide variety of statewide research projects including: aerial and ground waterfowl surveys within the Prairie Pothole Region of Iowa as part of a cooperative federal survey, waterfowl nest searching, waterfowl banding and recovery analysis, Canada goose breeding population surveys, Sandhill crane capture and telemetry project, etc.


Job number: 20-01404
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Clear Lake, IA
Hours: Nonstandard work shift
Closing Date: December 16, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau [Dec 16]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Boon Wildlife Research Station in Boone, IA. This position is responsible for conducting, coordinating, tabulating and formatting data for wildlife research projects, surveys and inventories. Additional duties include supporting efforts to maintain, expand, and enhance wildlife recreation opportunities, especially in the Bird Conservation Areas.


Job number: 20-01403
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Boone, IA
Hours: Nonstandard work shift
Closing Date: December 16, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau [Dec 11]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Clear Lake Wildlife Unit in Ventura, IA. The NRT1 position oversee the implementation of the management plans for each of the Wildlife Management Areas assigned to the Upper Iowa Unit. Additional duties include maintenance and repair of the WMU facilities.


Job number: 20-01380
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Ventura, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel & weekends
Closing Date: December 11, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Environmental Specialist - Field Service & Compliance Bureau [Dec 11]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position, within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau located at Field Office #4 in Atlantic, IA. The position is 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: 20-01377
Location: Environmental Services Division, FS&C Bureau, Atlantic, IA
Hours: M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm, 80 hrs/2 weeks, plus 24/7 on-call emergency response, travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings
Closing Date: December 11, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Accounting Technician 3 (2) – Budget & Finance Bureau [Dec 10]

The Department of Natural Resources has two (2) Accounting Technician 3 vacancies within the Budget & Finance Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. These positions will actively participate in the daily accounting operations of the DNR and will work in partnership with senior accounts payable staff, Accounts Payable Supervisor, and Budget and Finance Bureau Chief regarding the audit of expenditure documents. These positions will provide consistent and frequent communication about expenditure related functions and will ensure that the Department's expenditures and revenues align with state and federal accounting rules.


Job number: 20-01378
Location: Director's Office, Budget & Finance Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, limited travel
Closing Date: December 10, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Parks Bureau [Dec 10]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Parks Bureau, located at Waubonsie State Park in Hamburg, IA. This position is primarily responsible for facility and equipment maintenance under the direct of the park manager, as well as ground maintenance. Additional duties include public relations, information and education, and administrative support.


Job number: 20-01375
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau, Hamburg, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, hours will vary during main recreation season
Closing Date: December 10, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau [Dec 5]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at Upper Iowa Wildlife Unit in Highlandville, IA. The NRT1 position oversee the implementation of the management plans for each of the Wildlife Management Areas assigned to the Upper Iowa Unit. Additional duties include maintenance and repair of the WMU facilities.


Job number: 20-01322
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Highlandville, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel & weekends
Closing Date: December 5, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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


Position: Seasonal Water Patrol Officer - LE Bureau [Dec. 27]

Seasonal Water Patrol Officers 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. More: Water Patrol Information Sheet


Job number: 20-01178
Location: State of Iowa - See Job Description
Hours: 40hr work week, two weekdays off per week. Schedule varies by location.
Closing Date: December 27, 2019 – 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

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