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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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[Jan 8] Natural Resources Aide (Seasonal) in Fisheries

Natural Resources Aides in the Fisheries Bureau perform a variety of duties. Natural Resources Aides may be required to work weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings. The exact schedule varies by location and is assigned by the individual Supervisor. Most positions require being outdoors in all types of weather and may require travel overnight. This position announcement covers multiple openings across the state of Iowa. Be sure to note the counties where specific openings occur (listed in the additional qualifications section below), and apply specifically for the jobs and counties where you are able to work. Housing is generally not provided at most of these work locations. The dates of employment vary with each position. Three-month positions typically run from mid-May through mid-August, depending upon college semester dates. Sixmonth positions will start on or after April 2 and end on or before October 14.


Job number: 21-01172
Location: State of Iowa - See Job Description, IA
Hours: See Job Description, IA
Closing Date: January 8, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Natural Resources Aide (Seasonal) in Fisheries


[Dec 18] Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau

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 Upper Wildlife Unit in Highlandville, IA. The NRT1 positions oversee the implementation of the management plans for each of the Wildlife Management Areas within the Upper Iowa Wildlife Management Unit. Primary responsibilities are for the restoration and maintenance of quality wildlife habitats. Additional duties include maintenance and repair of the WMU facilities.


Job number: 21-01371
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 18, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Natural Resource Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau


[Dec 17] Position: Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resources Technician 2 in the Wildlife Bureau, located at the Rathbun Wildlife Unit in Russell, IA. 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. Additional duties include maintenance, inspections, and repairs of all WMU facilities and equipment, as well as overseeing the trapping and banding of wood ducks, Canada geese, mourning doves, and other animals as part of ongoing population monitoring.


Job number: 21-01365
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Russell, IA
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel & weekends
Closing Date: December 17, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[Dec 17] Position: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist position within the Air Quality Bureau located in Des Moines, IA. The primary responsibilities include processing Federal Title V operating permit applications that are received, drafting operating permits for issuance, or denying applications for air pollution sources in Iowa, in accordance with federal and state air quality regulations.


Job number: 21-01373
Location: Environmental Services Division, Air Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm, some in-state and out-of-state travel possible
Closing Date: December 17, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[Dec 15] Position: Environmental Specialist – Fisheries Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Specialist in the Fisheries Bureau, located at the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery in Decorah, IA. The position will serve as Watershed Project Coordinator and also provide conservation practice implementation and technical assistance.


Job number: 21-01346
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Decorah, IA
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, M-F, some evenings, weekends and occasional overnights
Closing Date: December 15, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Environmental Specialist – Fisheries Bureau


[Dec 9] Position: Management Analyst 2 - Water Quality Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for a Management Analyst 2 in the Water Quality Bureau located in Des Moines, Iowa. Duties include the following: Budget - Manage bureau budget tracking and progress reporting systems for each funding source and cost center based on supervisor needs and decisions, Continuous Process Improvement Implementation - Promotes continuous improvement culture and assists in the identification of projects/opportunities for improvement bureau wide,, Rule Making - Serve as liaison between bureau staff and the Legal Services Bureau regarding rule making processes and document requirements, Records - Manage the Water Quality Bureau's Records for 45 program areas.


Job number: 21-01289
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30pm, M-F, some statewide travel required
Closing Date: December 9, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information: Position: Management Analyst 2 - Water Quality Bureau


[Dec 14] Seasonal Water Patrol Officers [OPEN]

The application period is OPEN. 
Application deadline is December 14, 2020.

Water Patrol Information Sheet

Locations: The following are POTENTIAL positions that MAY be available. Only indicate on your application those that you are willing and able to work; i.e. only those areas that you would accept employment if offered. Some locations have minimal housing available included at no cost as a condition of working those stations. Those locations are not yet determined. Applicants can indicate if housing is preferred or needed.

  • IOWA LAKES/DICKINSON COUNTY (NW IOWA)
  • STORM LAKE (in Buena Vista County) (NW IOWA)
  • BLACK HAWK LAKE (in Sac County) (NW IOWA)
  • NORTH TWIN LAKE (in Calhoun County) (NW IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 10 @ MARQUETTE/MACGREGOR (Clayton County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 9 @ HARPER'S FERRY (Allamakee County) (NE IOWA)
  • MANCHESTER AREA (in Delaware County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 11 @ DUBUQUE (Dubuque County) (NE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER Pool 12 @ BELLEVUE (Jackson County) (NE IOWA)
  • CLEAR LAKE @ (in Cerro Gordo County) (NC IOWA)
  • MISSOURI RIVER/LAKE MANAWA (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
  • MISSOURI RIVER/CARTER LAKE (in Pottawattamie County) (SW IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ MONTROSE (in Des Moines and Lee Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ PRINCETON/CLINTON (Scott and Clinton Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER @ FAIRPORT (Muscatine and Louisa Counties) (SE IOWA)
  • CORALVILLE RESERVOIR (in Johnson County) (SE IOWA)
  • LAKE RATHBUN (in Appanoose County) (SC IOWA)
  • LAKE REDROCK (in Marion County) (SC IOWA)
  • SAYLORVILLE LAKE (Polk County) (C IOWA)


Job number: 21-00896
Closing Date: December 14, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Seasonal Water Patrol Officer