MinnAqua Internship Program

Summer 2014 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 LogoMinnAqua 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.

Summer 2014 MinnAqua Internship position descriptions This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

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

Positions available

Statewide in Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Hutchinson, New Ulm, St. Paul, and Shakopee.

Pay rate

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

Dates/hours

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 take college credit for this internship.
  • 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.
  • Must have a valid MN fishing license and trout stamp.
  • Must have First Aid and CPR training certification (will be provided if necessary by employer)
  • 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 25-27 at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN.
  • 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
    • Youth Development

Preferred qualifications

Applicants having the following qualifications should state them in their resume or cover letter:

  • Experience fishing and/or with aquatic environments
  • Fly-fishing experience
  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  • Able to work independently, often without direct supervision
  • Able to anticipate problems and clearly communicate with supervisor for
    guidance with problem-solving.
  • Strong organizational skills

How to apply

Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

There are Two steps you must complete:

  1. Your resume MUST be submitted online using the Minnesota State Jobs Search Resume Builder program. You will not be in the application pool until your resume is submitted through the online process.
  2. Email or mail a cover letter with two references, unofficial school transcripts (for all post-secondary schools), and which posting number you are applying for, to Julene Erickson. Label your attachments with your name.

Your cover letter should include:

  1. Position selection priority: Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Hutchinson, New Ulm, St. Paul and Shakopee.
  2. Statement indicating that you're enrolled for a college internship credit.
  3. Your fishing background, especially if you have experience with fly fishing.

Interviews will be held in person or may be arranged as a phone interview in mid-March 2014. Students should contact their advisor, Cooperative Education, or Placement Office for academic internship procedures and eligibility.