2016 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.

  • All students interested in a paid internship with the DNR will be required to apply to the appropriate Internship posting with their resume.
  • All internships will be posted on the State of Minnesota jobs website:
  • Click the "Get Started" box, and under Agency, select "Natural Resources Dept" and look for "Intern/Student Worker". Select the position you are interested in for additional details. Complete application instructions will be outlined in each internship posting.

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.


Minnesota DNR Wildlife Research Groups

Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Group; Madelia, MN

Marrett Grund, Group Leader, marrett.grund@state.mn.us

Internships may be available on a volunteer basis. No paid internships are available during summer 2016.

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 have two summer internships for waterfowl banding paying approximately $12/hour. Applications will be due in February for summer 2016 internships.

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 2016. 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 2016 field season to assist with surveying shallow lakes and assessing waterfowl habitat throughout Minnesota. Positions will be located at DNR offices in Brainerd (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 $12 per hour.

Applications must be submitted through the State of Minnesota jobs website (www.mn.gov/careers). Search for Job Opening ID # 2200 (Intern). Be sure to follow all application instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline is January 28, 2016.

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.