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Protecting Missouri's resources is a very rewarding job. To provide you with a quick overview of the Department of Natural Resources, let's just say we work together with landowners, cities and towns, small businesses and industries and the general public to help develop mineral, oil and gas resources in an environmentally safe manner. We protect the quality of water Missourians drink and the air they breathe, as well as Missouri’s land resources. We provide outreach and education, technical and financial assistance to the state’s citizens, communities and businesses to protect public health and improve quality of life. And if that's not enough, we also preserve the state's natural landscapes and cultural features through an outstanding network of 91 state parks and historic sites, along with the efforts of the state historic preservation office. 

Careers with the Department of Natural Resources involve using a wide variety of scientific and technical skills. In addition to math, science and engineering fields, there are opportunities in other job fields that support the department's efforts, including accounting, data management, computer systems, program management, legal counsel and public policy.

Explore College Degrees and Corresponding MoDNR Class Titles

As an example, several of the department's job class titles that fit under Conservation and Wildlife Management, Ecology or Biology degrees include:

    • Environmental Specialist I/II/III
    • Park/Historic Site Specialist I/II/III
    • Park Operations & Planning Specialist I, II and Coordinator

If you’d like information on job opportunities with the department, contact our Human Resources Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-2518 or by sending an email to Human Resources Program.

In the meantime, read these profiles below from department employees as well as those featured in our Missouri Resources magazine to learn more about job opportunities at the Department of Natural Resources: