Career Resources


2017 Minnesota DNR Wildlife Student Internships

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Section of Wildlife utilizes qualified students to assist with projects. Relationships between students and the agency vary with the needs and available budget for each project and the desires of the student. DNR has occasional paid student internships, some seasonal and others lasting as long as 12 months. Summer intern positions are often times filled during winter. To be eligible for a paid internship, students must be working towards a degree.  Students who are not eligible for credit may seek experience to strengthen their resumes by considering an internship on a volunteer basis.

PURPOSE: Internships provide students with a work experience that fulfills an academic requirement and/or results in academic credit from an accredited educational institution. The intent of an Internship is to provide a learning experience that is directly related to the student's academic program.

ELIGIBILITY: Interns may be high school or college level students who are seeking an internship for academic credit or as a means of fulfilling an academic requirement.

INFORMATION ON DNR JOBS:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/jobs/index.html

Minnesota DNR Wildlife Research Groups

Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Madelia, MN

Nicole Davros, Acting Group Leader, nicole.davros@state.mn.us

Internships may be available on a volunteer basis. No paid internships are available during summer 2017.

Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Grand Rapids, MN

Mike Larson, Group Leader, michael.larson@state.mn.us

Currently, there are no internships available in the Forest Group. Project leaders in the Forest Group, however, often offer other types of opportunities for temporary work (e.g., contracts, volunteers with expense reimbursement).

Wetlands Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Bemidji, MN

Jeff Lawrence, Group Leader, jeff.lawrence@state.mn.us

The Wetland Group will hire 2 summer internships for waterfowl banding from late June-late August.  The positions will pay $15/hour and be based in Bemidji.  The interns will work variable workdays, including some weekend hours. The intern will primarily work overnight from late July until late August.

Job duties include assisting staff drive-trapping and night-lighting to capture waterfowl in northern and western Minnesota.  Details are contained in the job posting on the Minnesota careers website.

Applications must be submitted through the State of Minnesota jobs website (www.mn.gov/careers). Search for Job Opening ID # 11109 (Waterfowl Banding Intern). Be sure to follow all application instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Wildlife Health Program, Forest Lake, MN

Michelle Carstensen, Program Supervisor, michelle.carstensen@state.mn.us

The Wildlife Health Program may have paid internship opportunities available in 2017. Contact Michelle Carstensen for possible opportunities.

Minnesota DNR Wildlife Shallow Lakes Program

Kati Miller, kati.miller@state.mn.us

The Shallow Lakes Program will be hiring four student interns for the 2017 field season to assist with surveying shallow lakes and assessing waterfowl habitat throughout Minnesota. Positions will be located at DNR offices in Glenwood (2) and Madelia (2).

Job duties include preparing survey maps; identifying aquatic plants, waterfowl, and wetland wildlife; operating motorboats and canoes and backing in trailers; writing lake survey reports; and maintaining equipment. Lake surveys will be conducted statewide, so extensive driving will be required. Additional responsibilities may include data entry and miscellaneous office tasks. The pay is $15 per hour.

Applications must be submitted through the State of Minnesota jobs website (www.mn.gov/careers). Search for Job Opening ID # 11072 (Intern). Be sure to follow all application instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Minnesota DNR Wildlife Management Offices

Other wildlife internship opportunities

The Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences job board http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/ or The Wildlife Society job page http://careers.wildlife.org/   may have opportunities in many areas to gain wildlife experience.