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View all of our current DNR job vacancies here.

Internship Program Opportunities at DNR

Think DNR is only about fires and forestry?  Think again. Seismology, Silviculture, Entomology, Aquaculture, Hydrology.  What do these diverse disciplines have in common? These are just a few of the professional s that DNR hires. In fact, we have some of the most diverse careers in state government.  While the majority of our jobs are professional positions with a natural science focus, we also recruit candidates in many other fields – fields like, engineering, natural resource policy, financial management, business, and communications, just to name a few.
DNR is a multi-faceted agency where its employees are passionate about their work whether it is managing our states trust lands, conserving our natural heritage, or protecting public resources like our forests and clean water.
If you are interested in learning firsthand how a fast-paced agency like DNR conducts business on behalf of the citizens of Washington State, an internship with us is a great way to get started.
Each year we have a variety of internship opportunities available statewide. Our internship program is designed to offer professional development opportunities to students pursuing an associate, bachelors, or graduate degree in relevant fields.  While some may be paid, the majority of our internship opportunities are unpaid at this time.  Most of our internship work takes place between May and September, however, we do have some year round opportunities.

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Our internship program is designed to:
  • Provide high-quality learning experience for students,
  • Attract the brightest and best students to DNR,
  • Expand our potential pool of future employees,
  • Improve workforce diversity objectives in support of our agency goals,
  • Promote excellent working relationships with targeted colleges, universities, and the community at large.
What’s in it for DNR?
Obviously, internships also benefit us.  Internships can provide a mechanism to identify, recruit, and hire diverse, competent college students into the agency.  They can also be an effective means of promoting our agency and our programs within the community.
All of our internships will be posted online on the DNR Jobs page and can be found by searching on the category “Internships”.  You can also find DNR’s and other Washington State agency internship opportunities by searching at
View our Employment and DNR Jobs page for more information on job opportunities.

Informational Interviews

Students and anyone else interested in an informational interview to gain more specific knowledge about a DNR career field are encouraged to contact us at
We will connect you with an appropriate staff person or manager. The informational interview may not necessarily be in person but could be by phone or an email communication.

Veterans Resource Centers 

Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.