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.


[Oct 1] Position: Public Service Manager 2 - Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau

This position serves as Bureau Chief of the Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau and provides oversight to the operations of multiple programs, including; State Park management, Forest and Preserves management, ATV program, Trails program, and the Snowmobile program.

Job number: 22-00839
Location: Conservation and Recreation, Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 40 hrs/week including frequent in state and out of state travel
Closing Date: October 1, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Public Service Manager 2 - Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau

 

[Sept 30] Position: Natural Resources Technician 2 - Wildlife Bureau

The Natural Resources Technician 2 (NRT2) is responsible for completion of reports on a daily, quarterly, and annual basis to comply with department policy and operating procedures. Various reports include monthly cost accounting, annual asset inventory, vehicle reports, claim vouchers, agency purchase orders, property boundary inspection reports, work accomplishment reports, time sheets, water level management plans, work injury reports, and evaluation of temporary employees. This employee is also responsible for preparation of project requests, purchasing supplies, submitting claims for payment, maintaining records, monthly cost accounting, and submitting reports as assigned for specific projects.

Job number: 22-00831
Location: Conservation & Recreation, Wildlife Bureau, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: September 30, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Natural Resources Technician 2 - Wildlife Bureau

 

[Sept 30] Position: Executive Officer 1 - Environmental Services Division

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Services Division has an opening for an Executive Officer I position. Under the general direction of the Division Administrator, primary function of the Executive Officer I is to serve as executive assistant to Division administrator. The incumbent is also responsible for large and small scale continuous process improvement efforts, as well as serving as the Environmental Protection Commission’s primary point of contact and coordinator. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to provide high level, confidential support to the Department, and handle sensitive and confidential information and assignments.

Job number: 22-00830
Location: Natural Resources, Environmental Services
Hours: 80 hrs/2 weeks, 8:00-4:30, M-F, statewide travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings
Closing Date: September 30, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Executive Officer 1 - Environmental Services Division