Park naturalist teaching a child about nature

2021 internship program status update: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently assessing the potential for 2021 internship programs. We have not yet determined whether internships will be made available to college students during the COVID-19 pandemic and state government hiring freeze. If internships do become available this year, we will post a notice on this page and post the individual opportunities on the Minnesota Careers website.

The DNR, one of Minnesota’s largest state agencies, offers a broad range of paid internships for college students. Internships are available at locations across the state. As an intern you’ll work with dedicated professionals to create a healthy, sustainable, livable Minnesota for generations to come.

Examples of internship opportunities include:

  • Accounting
  • AIS Watercraft Inspector
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Vegetation
  • Fisheries Education
  • Fisheries Management
  • Forestry Management
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Lake Habitat Restoration
  • Land Survey
  • MinnAqua
  • Mississippi River Fish
  • Mussel Propagation
  • Mussel Survey and Monitoring Diver
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Naturalist Corps
  • Outreach and Information
  • Park Operations
  • Park Security
  • Plant Ecology Monitoring
  • River Crew
  • Waterfowl Banding
  • Wildlife GIS
  • Wildlife Management


How to find and apply for internships at the DNR:

  1. Log onto the Minnesota Careers website
  2. Enter “intern” in the Keywords field on the Job Search Page
  3. Select "Natural Resources Dept" in the “Agency” column on the left side of the page
  4. Choose the internship(s) you’re interested in
  5. Click the apply button to submit your application materials
    TIP: Prior to submitting your application – be sure that you have attached all of the required documents identified in the “How to Apply” section of the job posting.  Applications with missing materials will not be considered.

Internships offer:

  • Competitive salary of $15.00 per hour
  • 20 – 40 hours  per week
  • Opportunities located throughout the state of Minnesota

Internship requirements:

  • Must be receiving academic credit for the experience from your school
  • Must pass a background check as a condition of the appointment

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