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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:

+ Permanent Employment, Job Class Descriptions

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Seasonal Park Aides [Apr 8]

The DNR's State Parks Bureau is hiring seasonal aides in many state parks for the 2020 summer season. Duties will include general park and trail maintenance include facilities, park rule enforcement, public programming, and invasive species control. These positions offer experience with lake, prairie, woodland, trail, and/or campground management. Applicants must be available for various shifts including weekends, evenings and holidays. This position is restricted to 40 hours a week with no overtime or compensatory time available. Starting wage is $11.30 per hour.

Preference will be given to individuals in a natural resource-related field of study. Applicants must be 18 years of age, able to communicate well with the public; work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; be willing to operate equipment such as mowers, tractors, and chainsaws; and must possess a valid driver’s license.

The attached list provides mailing address and email for each park hiring staff this summer. Please send your resume and cover letter to the park(s) in which you have an interest. You may also call the phone number listed with any questions.

Job number: n/a - Seasonal
Location: Many State Parks -- See attached List
Hours: May through September. Will work with student schedules.
Closing Date: April 8, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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Water Quality Seasonal Positions [Feb 3]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Quality Bureau is seeking up to 5 seasonal positions for the summer of 2020. Start and end dates are flexible. Seasonal positions will work with a variety of Iowa DNR Staff to help conduct water quality monitoring in Iowa's lakes, rivers and wetlands.

+ Environmental Monitoring Field Tech [Feb 3]
+ Water Monitoring Field Tech [Feb 3]
+ Shallow Lake & Wetland Monitoring [Feb 3]

Position: Environmental Specialist Senior (Basin Coordinator) - Water Quality Bureau [Jan 30]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior located in Iowa City, IA in the Watershed Improvement Section of the Department’s Water Quality Bureau (in Des Moines, IA). The primary responsibility will be to serves as the Basin Coordinator for assigned river basins throughout eastern Iowa. In this capacity provides a wide variety of technical support and assistance to numerous locally-led watershed projects, the Cedar River Coalition, prospective watershed projects/groups, and active Watershed Management Authorities in the state.

Job number: 20-01736
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Iowa City, IA
Hours: 8:00 AM -4:30 PM
Closing Date: January 30, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 (Fish Culture Research Technician) – Fisheries Bureau [Jan 27]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Fish Culture Research Technician position, within the Fisheries Bureau, located at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery in Moravia, IA. This Natural Resources Technician 1 (NRT1) is an integral part of the Fish Culture Research Team. This research team conducts fish culture experiments aimed at making Iowa DNR fish hatcheries more productive and efficient. Increasing productivity at state hatcheries results in more high-quality fish for stocking into public bodies of water for both resident and nonresident anglers. The primary job duties are fish culture; buildings, grounds, and equipment maintenance; and data collection, management, and summarization

Job number: 20-01682
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Moravia, IA
Hours: 40 hour work week. 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with participation in a weekend work rotation. Standby duty mandatory, therefore employee must live (or arrange temporary housing when on standby) within 15 miles of Rathbun Fish Hatchery & Rathbun Fish Culture Research Facility. May be required to work 2nd shift during broodstock collection and spawning operations. Some travel with overnight lodging required.
Closing Date: January 27, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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Seasonal Patrol Officers

+ Water Patrol Officers