think DNR is only about fires and forestry? think again.
Seismology, Silviculture, Entomology, Aquaculture, Hydrology
What do these diverse disciplines have in common?
They are just a few of the professionals that DNR hires. In fact, we have some of the most diverse careers in state government. While the majority of our jobs are professional positions with a natural science focus, we also recruit candidates in many other fields – fields like, engineering, natural resource policy, financial management, business, and communications, just to name a few.
DNR is a multi-faceted agency where its employees are passionate about their work whether it is managing our state’s trust lands, conserving our natural heritage, or protecting public resources like our forests and clean water.
If you are interested in learning firsthand how a fast-paced agency like DNR conducts business on behalf of the citizens of Washington State, an internship with us is a great way to get started.
Each year we have a variety of internship opportunities available statewide. Our internship program is designed to offer professional development opportunities to students pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree in relevant fields. While some may be paid, the majority of our internship opportunities are unpaid at this time. Most of our internship work takes place between May and September; however, we do have some year round opportunities.
Why does DNR have this program?
Our internship program is designed to:
● provide high-quality learning experience for students,
● attract the brightest and best students to DNR,
● expand our potential pool of future employees,
● improve workforce diversity objectives in support of our agency goals,
● promote excellent working relationships with targeted colleges, universities, and the community at large.
Okay, so what’s in it for me?
Aside from the opportunity to be an integral part of a team devoted to protecting and preserving our state’s natural resources, an internship can be a challenging, professional work experience where education can be applied and validated. You can also develop requisite skills for permanent employment, network with professionals, and sample different work assignments and environments which can enhance your employability and help define your career options.
What’s in it for DNR?
Obviously, internships also benefit us. Internships can provide a mechanism to identify, recruit, and hire diverse, competent college students into the agency. They can also be an effective means of promoting our agency and our programs within the community.
All of our internships will be posted on the DNR Employment page under “Internships-current openings.”
Find out more about our intern program
If you are interested in finding out more about our intern program or would like to share your resume with us, please feel free to contact our recruitment staff at DNRRecruiting@dnr.wa.gov or call (360) 902-1350.
Find out more about Department of Natural Resources
If you would like to know more about our agency, please visit our home page, www.dnr.wa.gov.