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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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    542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Position: Secretary 1 – Field Services & ComplianceBureau

The Department of Natural Resources has a job vacancy for a Secretary 1 within the Field Services and Compliance Bureau located at the Field Office in Mason City, IA. The position will be responsible for front-desk customer service, including reception of visitors and telephone calls, answering routine questions, and forwarding issues, requests, or documents to appropriate staff. The position will conduct data and file searches, retrieve requested information, and compose standard, written responses to routine inquiries.

Job number: 20-00646
Location: Environmental Services Division, Field Services and Compliance Bureau, Mason City, IA
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, M-F or equivalent per week, travel for meetings, and occasional evenings for public/other meetings.
Closing Date: October 2, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Secretary 1 – Field Services & ComplianceBureau

Position: Conservation Officer (4) – Law Enforcement Bureau [Sept 24]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking qualified candidates for four (4) Conservation Officer positions located in the following counties (territories): Dickinson, Blackhawk/Bremer, Hamilton/Hardin and Wapello/Davis. The foremost duty of a conservation officer is law enforcement. To enforce all Iowa statutes and Department of Natural Resources regulations, as well as applicable federal statutes, so that resources are utilized in a safe and regulated manner, consistent with Department objectives and policies. The above shall also include preventative and cooperative enforcement programs and procedures.

Job number: 20-00441
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Law Enforcement Bureau, counties across Iowa
Hours: Non-standard work week
Closing Date: September 24, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Conservation Officer (4) – Law Enforcement Bureau

Seasonal Patrol Officers

The application period is CLOSED. Application deadline was Dec. 27, 2019.

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.


Water Patrol: 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)