MinnAqua Internship Program

Summer 2016 MinnAqua Internships

Interested in a career as an environmental educator or in fish & wildlife?

Gain valuable on-the-job, career-driven summer work experience with the Minnesota Division of Fish and Wildlife Outreach Section! Jobs are available as college internships.

Positions Available | Qualifications | How to Apply

MinnAqua Interns:

  • Work outside and teach about Minnesota's aquatic habitats and fishing
  • Receive training in aquatic ecology, water stewardship and fishing education; and on how to schedule programs, and conduct simple program evaluations
  • Receive First Aid and CPR certification
  • Schedule programs with sponsors such as Community Ed, Parks and Rec. Departments, Scouts, State Parks, 4H programs, and youth camps
  • Give programs during the summer to school age youth, preschool children, families, people with varying levels of physical ability, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Keep program records and enter them into a computer database
  • Maintain learning kits and fishing equipment
  • Spend 1-2 days assisting a Fisheries Biologist in the field
  • Complete an intern project and/or work with your school advisor to receive credit for your internship

Background on what it's like to be a MinnAqua Intern

Positions available

Statewide in Bemidji, Hutchinson, New Ulm, St. Paul, Shakopee, and Mille Lacs.

Pay rate

$12.00/hour. Reimbursement for program related mileage and expenses. No benefits. Uniform shirts will be provided.


Early to mid-May through Labor Day (flexible, varies according to school year). 40 hours per week. Weekend, holiday, and evening work.

Minimum qualifications

To qualify, applicants must meet the following qualifications and state them in their resume or cover letter:

  • Must be able to lift articles weighing up to 30 pounds such as learning trunks & fishing pole bags.
  • Must have a valid Class D driver's license.
  • Possession of or the ability to possess a Minnesota fishing license and Trout Stamp.
  • Ability to effectively manage assigned workload by working independently to complete work duties as assigned.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one course in public speaking or oral communication, or equivalent experience
  • Applicants must be able to attend training April 8-10, 2016
  • Applicants must be willing to work in outdoor settings in various weather conditions, and handle fish and bait.
  • In order to hold this position you must have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. and be currently enrolled in a college degree-seeking program
  • Students must receive academic credit or their academic program must require an internship
  • Interns must be majoring in one of the following:
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecology
    • Education
    • Education Certification Program
    • Enforcement
    • Environmental Education
    • Environmental Interpretation
    • Environmental Science
    • Fisheries and Wildlife
    • Forestry
    • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
    • Natural Resources
    • Park and Leisure Studies
    • Recreation
    • Recreation Resource Management
    • Science Education
    • Youth Development

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with fishing techniques including knot tying, casting, and using a spin-cast rod and reel combo.
  • Fly-fishing experience
  • Experience working with diverse audiences including families, youth grades preK-12, senior citizens, adults and children with various physical and learning abilities, and diverse ethnic populations.
  • Coursework and/or field work related to aquatic environments such as: aquatic entomology, limnology, ichthyology, aquatic plant management, aquatic invasive species management, aquatic biotic indexing, fisheries management.
  • Coursework, volunteer work or employment related to education, environmental education or interpretation.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • First Aid and CPR training certification

How to apply

Applications will be accepted until February 5, 2016 for MinnAqua Education Internships located in Bemidji, Hutchinson, Mille Lacs, New Ulm, St. Paul, and Shakopee.

How to view the position posting and submit an application:

  1. Open mn.gov/careers using Internet Explorer.(Please note: other browsers may not show listing.)
  2. Click on Search for Jobs and then the Get Started button.
  3. Search using keyway MinnAqua or 2117 (position #) and open the position positing.
  4. Click Apply at the bottom of that page to begin the application.


Email or mail the following documents to Deb Groebner, 507-359-6049, Region 4 Headquarters, 21371 Hwy 15 South, New Ulm, MN 56073. Label your attachments with your name.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Names and contact information of two references
  3. Unofficial school transcripts (for all post-secondary schools, unofficial okay)

Your cover letter should include answers to the following questions:

  1. At which location(s), listed above in the Job Duties, are you interested in interning, in order of preference?
  2. Why are you interested in this internship?
  3. This position teaches people about aquatic resources, fishing, and stewardship. How have your education, extra-curricular activities and work experiences prepared you for providing this type of educational program?
  4. Describe your fishing experience, including type of fishing (e.g., fly fishing, spin-cast equipment, river fishing).

Interviews will be held in person or may be arranged as a phone interview in mid-February, 2016. Students should contact their advisor, Cooperative Education, or Placement Office for academic internship procedures and eligibility.


Contact Deb Groebner - (507) 359-6049