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.

Looking to volunteer? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

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

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.

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.

[Dec 15] Position: Seasonal Water Patrol Officer- Law Enforcement (LE) Bureau

The temporary, summer employees of the Iowa DNR LE Bureau are positions of high responsibility. Diverse duties include checking for compliance with Iowa's navigation and fishing regulations and helping to ensure a safe recreational environment for the public. Water Patrol Officers also provide public assistance and safety education through personal contacts and by participating in DNR's educational programs. Water Patrol Officers are often the first to respond to the scene of emergencies such as accidents, missing persons or other calls for assistance.

Job number: 22-01154
Location: Conservation & Recreation, Law Enforcement Bureau, Statewide
Hours: Non-traditional, extended hours, weekends, nights, holidays
Closing Date: December 15, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Seasonal Water Patrol Officer-Law Enforcement Bureau

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:

  • 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 9 @ HARPER'S FERRY (Allamakee 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 @ 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)
[Dec 14] Position: Environmental Specialist – Water Quality Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources has an Environmental Specialist opening in the Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Water Quality Bureau. The primary purpose of this position is to provide analytical and field sampling support for the State beach monitoring program, program support for data quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), and for Iowa's Integrated Report.

Job number: 22-01564
Location: Environmental Services Division, Water Quality Bureau, Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:00-4:30 with some travel
Closing Date: December 14, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

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


[Dec 9] Position: Aquatic Vegetation Manager – Fisheries Bureau

This Natural Resource Biologist position serves as the Fisheries Bureau's statewide Aquatic Vegetation Manager. As the Department’s expert on aquatic vegetation, this position works with lake managers, the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program, and the Lake Restoration Program to develop and implement aquatic vegetation management plans, design and conduct aquatic vegetation surveys and research projects, administer a statewide aquatic vegetation management program, and to serve as an expert resource for staff, partners, and customers with aquatic vegetation issues.

Job number: 22-01527
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Fisheries Bureau, Research/AIS
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (with variances) and occasional overnight travel
Closing Date: December 9, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Aquatic Vegetation Manager – Fisheries Bureau


[Dec 6] Position: Purchasing Assistant – Customer Service Bureau

This position orders, receives, and maintains an adequate inventory of all DNR supplies and brochures; ensures supplies and regulations/brochures are available to DNR staff and licensing vendors; makes brochures available for the general public and stakeholders upon request; maintains an inventory of all DNR brochures; orders and provides office supplies, paper, state forms, and envelopes to internal and external staff; maintains a database of supplies and forms, monitors usage and places timely orders; and picks up and delivers supplies, equipment, and other items across the Capitol Complex.

Job number: 22-01535
Location: Director's Office, Customer Service Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA
Hours: 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. M-F - some travel required
Closing Date: December 6, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

For specific job duties, requirements, and application information:
Position: Purchasing Assistant – Customer Service Bureau


[Dec 6] Position: Natural Resources Technician 1 – Wildlife Bureau

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a vacancy for Natural Resources Technician 1 within the Wildlife Bureau, located in Wapello, IA. The NRT1 positions oversee the implementation of the management plans for each of the Wildlife Management Areas assigned to the Odessa Wildlife Management Unit. Primary responsibilities are for the restoration and maintenance of quality wildlife habitats.

Job number: 22-01532
Location: Conservation and Recreation Division, Wildlife Bureau, Odessa Wildlife Unit
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F, occasional extended hours, overnight travel and weekends
Closing Date: December 6, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.

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