The DNR is seeking to hire a temporary employee to be stationed
at the Prairie Resource Center. The primary responsibilities of the
Temporary Worker at the Iowa DNR Prairie Resource Center are
to assist the team with the production of local ecotype native
grass and wildflower seed for Iowa’s public lands. The person in
this position must possess strong organization and
communication skills and be able to express ideas orally and in
writing. The candidate must possess identification skills of plants
to lead others in the propagation, maintenance, and harvest of
prairie species. The person must be a leader capable of leading
groups of volunteers, inmate offenders, and other employees.
Candidates must possess the ability to operate independently with
indirect supervision under general coordination and program
Identify and harvest seed of specific prairie species from
prairie remnants across the state.
Assist in the propagation of prairie species at greenhouse and
Assist in the direction volunteers, inmate offenders, and other
staff in cleaning, planting, and harvest of prairie plant
Assist in the planting and establishment of native grass and
forb production fields.
Coordinate volunteer activities within the Prairie Resource
Assist with prairie and conservation education activities with
various groups of people.
Assist with writing and organization of newsletter.
Assist with harvest and storage of prairie seed.
Assist with distribution of plant materials to various DNR
Participate in personal and professional development training
Be a part of a prescribed fire team and participate in prairie
burns-will be required to have or take S-130/190.
Control noxious weeds in seed production areas. Beneficial
to have pesticide applicators license prior to employment.
Graduated from or currently enrolled in or on break between
semesters of college, or about to enter first semester of
college from high school.
Major must be in Wildlife Ecology or another closely related
Natural Resource Field.
Must be available for all interviews and training as required
Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
Able to work alone, with the public, in all conditions, on
weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required.
Able to withstand physically demanding work, including
lifting, bending, or hauling
Work with minimal supervision, demonstrate responsible
behavior and attention to detail
Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers
Exhibits honesty and integrity.
Works and communicates with internal and external clients
and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and
Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment
towards completing assignments efficiently.
Aligns behavior with needs, priorities, and goals of the