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Paid Time Off
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Work Life Balance
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Retirement
Retirement Icon You will be eligible for the State of Iowa pension program (IPERS) and for a supplemental retirement plan with monthly matches.
Personal Development
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Current Openings:

Current openings with the Iowa DNR can be found listed on this page below, but also through the State of Iowa employment portal.


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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.

Employment Positions listed below

2023 Seasonal Positions

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Seasonal Park Patrol Officers are temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR. Patrol Officers are positions of high responsibility helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. Patrol Officer positions are available in state parks and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) parks across Iowa.

Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Locations include (# refers to SPO positions):

  • District 1: Black Hawk (1), Gull Point (2), Lewis and Clark (1), Stone (1)
  • District 2: Clear Lake (1), George Wyth (1), McIntosh Woods (1), Yellow River Camping (2)
  • District 3: Lake Anita (1), Lake Manawa (1), Lake of Three Fires (1), Prairie Rose (2), Springbrook (1), Waubonsie (1), Wilson Island (1)
  • District 4: Big Creek (1), Honey Creek (1), Ledges (1), Rock Creek (1)
  • District 5: Macbride (2), Lake Wapello (2), Pleasant Creek (2), Wapsipinicon (1)
  • OHV Parks: Gypsum City (1), Bluff Creek (1), RiverView (1), LakeView (1)
Seasonal Park Patrol Officer Position Information
Park Contact Information Listings


Seasonal Park Employee
Posting Expires: Ongoing until positions filled
Iowa State Parks are seeking motivated individuals to help maintain the park for the 2023 recreation season. Iowa State Parks provide challenging environments to expand park management skills and prepare potential candidates for a career in state parks or similar fields. Duties include various aspects of park operations including facility and grounds maintenance, natural resource management, and visitor engagement. The role of the seasonal employee plays an integral part in enhancing visitors' experience.
Seasonal Park Employee Position Information

[Feb 24] Position: Law Enforcement License & Residency Specialist (AA2) - Conservation and Recreation/Law Enforcement

Are you ready to assist the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in furthering its mission of: Conserving and enhancing our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations?

If yes - we are seeking a Law Enforcement License & Residency Specialist team member. This is an entry level opportunity for the right candidate to gain valuable experience and knowledge in law enforcement with the Iowa DNR.

The purpose of this position is to address the demands of the department's residency applications and license revocation review processes and provide support to the Conservation Officer Investigators. This person will also be the TIP Program Administrator and will be the bureau's law enforcement capital's budget liaison and fleet manager.

Job number: 23-02606
Location: Des Moines, Wallace State Office Building
Hours: Standard work week Monday thru Friday with occasional weekends for TIP meetings
Closing Date: February 24, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Law Enforcement License & Residency Specialist (AA2) - Conservation and Recreation/Law Enforcement/Wallace Bldg

 

[Feb 20] Position: District Engineer (Facilities Engineer 2) - Land and Water's Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for someone to join its Construction Engineering team. This position will act as the Northeast Iowa District Engineer, covering 17 counties in NE Iowa. As the District Engineer, this position will perform lead engineering, providing technical advice and assistance in the planning, managing and coordinating of construction, repair and preventative maintenance for all Department facilities within the district. This position will manage a wide variety of construction projects, ranging from minor culvert replacements to complete campground reconstructions, which include water, wastewater, electrical, and pavement infrastructure replacement. Also, this position will work closely with industry-leading biologists to design and construct facilities that benefit the environment, whether it be to stabilize the landscape, improve habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, or to restore areas to a natural state.

Job number: 23-02605
Location: Field position, 17 counties located in NE Iowa
Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm, travel as necessary
Closing Date: February 20, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: District Engineer (Facilities Engineer 2) - Land and Water's Bureau

 

[Feb 20] Position: Environmental Engineer – Water Quality Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking a Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment team member to help protect our surface waters in the State of Iowa with wasteload allocations and to ensure clean water for all citizens. This position will perform calculations for wasteload allocations (WLAs) and water quality-based effluent limits for individual wastewater treatment facilities as assigned by the lead worker/Environmental Engineer Senior (EES).

Job number: 23-02495
Location: 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Closing Date: February 20, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

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

 

[Feb 13] Position: Environmental Engineer – Land Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer position, within the Land Quality Bureau located at the Wallace Building in Des Moines, IA. As a member of the Flood Plain and Dam Safety Section team, this important position reviews a wide variety of proposed construction projects, including dams, bridges/culverts, streambank stabilization, and new buildings.These reviews consist of the use of various hydrologic and hydraulic references, modeling software, and tools to ensure the project is protected from flooding and doesn’t make flooding worse for others.

Job number: 23-02531
Location: 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Closing Date: February 13, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Environmental Engineer – Land Quality Bureau

 

[Feb 13] Position: TMDL/Nonpoint Source Senior Engineer (Environmental Engineer Senior) - ESD/WQB/Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

We are seeking a Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment team member to help protect our watersheds and impaired waters in the State of Iowa and ensure clean water for all citizens. This pivotal role is responsible for leading and coordinating the team of total maximum daily load (TMDL) engineers in the prioritization and development of TMDLs. This position also conducts advanced water quality modeling using data that includes, but is not limited to, stream hydrology and the fate and transport of pollutants, to complete TMDLs for Iowa’s 303(d) impaired waters list in accordance with the Clean Water Act and EPA requirements. This position develops guidance and directions related to TMDLs and TMDL methodologies based on review and analysis of available technical information and Department goals. This position reviews technical aspects of TMDLs prepared by program staff and others and provides technical QA/QC on all TMDL projects. This position will facilitate internal and external stakeholder engagement to ensure TMDLs are implementable. This position will serve as a technical expert for nonpoint sources.

Job number: 23-02317
Location: 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Hours: 8:00 -4:30, M-F with some travel
Closing Date: February 13, 2023 – 11:59 p.m

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: TMDL/Nonpoint Source Senior Engineer (Environmental Engineer Senior) - ESD/WQB/Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

 

[Feb 1 & 15] Wildlife Diversity Research Technicians - Temporary

The Wildlife Diversity Program of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking to hire three temporary technicians who are enthusiastic about non-game wildlife. Technicians will earn an hourly rate of $14.25. Each position will be stationed in a different location and have different duties: Blandings Turtle research and management in Ventura, IA; Prairie Skink and Regal Fritillary Butterfly research and management in Kellerton, IA, and a more general office-based position in Boone, IA. Successful Applicants will have the opportunity to work in some of Iowa’s most beautiful wetland and grassland landscapes and with many fascinating species of wildlife. In addition the Wildlife Diversity works in partnership with Iowa State University on the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program which is hiring 25 field technicians that will work throughout Iowa.

In addition the Wildlife Diversity works in partnership with Iowa State University on the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program (MSIM) which is hiring 25 field technicians that will work throughout Iowa. To apply for a MSIM position please email a cover letter, resume and references to: isu.msim@gmail.com


Job number: N/A (Temporary)
Location: Ventura, Kellerton or Boone, Iowa
Hours: Those seeking full-time temporary work (30-40 hours per week) are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: February 1, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. (Kellerton, IA position)
February 15, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. (Ventura and Boone, IA positions)

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:

 

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.


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.