Game Warden Experience Through Volunteering, Internships and Seasonal Employment

Sometimes a job aligns so perfectly with a person’s hobbies, interests and natural disposition that it’s really hard to believe it’s a job at all. A lot of game wardens live that dream. Days can pass that are so sweet they can’t believe they’re getting paid. The same goes for other members of conservation teams working with state agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - forestry technicians, fisheries biologists, and environmental scientists.

But there’s also risk, moments of frustration, anxiety and fear when wardens have to put themselves in situations few would volunteer for; when a wildfire won’t be tamed, threatening homes and property even beyond the protected wilderness area, or when a cougar threatens to attack a group of hikers and a snap decision needs to be made about tranquilizing and transporting the animal or putting it down.

This is the very thing that makes experience such a fundamental component of qualifying for these jobs. Sometimes experience is an unequivocal requirement, sometimes it can substitute for holding a degree, but in every case employers see it as extremely valuable. This is why experience is often the deciding factor when selecting a candidate from a huge pool of well-qualified applicants all competing for a limited number of jobs.

Most state departments of natural resources or fish and wildlife divisions, and definitely the USFWS, look for candidates who have months if not years of related experience. While not everybody can claim to have a professional background in law enforcement or wildlife management, everybody can gain some very valuable experience serving the same agency they hope to spend their career with.

Through student internships, volunteerism or entry-level seasonal jobs, the people aspiring to one day become game wardens gain the experience they need to get there. These kinds of experience opportunities offer a chance for people to get their hands dirty performing tasks in the same environment game wardens work in every day:

  • Wildlife population surveys involving insects, fish, reptiles, birds, marine mammals and more
  • Fire lookout and forestry management
  • Lifeguarding – a great way to pick up first aid skills and water safety experience
  • Fisheries, fish breeding, and marine environments
  • Boating and water safety courses
  • Staffing wildlife and interpretation centers
  • Environmental protection, cleanup, habitat maintenance and the identification and removal of invasive plants

Volunteer Opportunities – Every state DNR or wildlife department offers opportunities for the general public to get involved and volunteer. You can choose from a variety of projects to work on and gain hundreds if not thousands of hours of relevant volunteer experience.

By volunteering in programs that are sponsored by your state's natural resources department you gain solid references that can go a long way when you start applying for game warden positions.

Volunteering can also be a lot of fun, and you get to work with like-minded people who value the importance of the work being done.

Internships – Most state fish and game agencies offer internships for students already enrolled in a college or university program majoring in wildlife management, environmental science, biological science and more. Some also offer internships for recent college graduates, high school seniors, and even the general public. 

Internships are often paid, but many times they are not. The money is never the reason for interning; the main purpose is to develop practical skills in your field through a mentored boots-on-the-ground approach. 

If you've made it through a game warden internship, that proves to any prospective employer that you've got the grit and the dedication for the job. They're not going to have to worry about you breaking down during the training academy because you’ve already proven yourself more than most other green recruits. 

The length of an internship can vary anywhere from several weeks to months or even years. A lot depends on the requirements of your degree program.

Seasonal Jobs – Like volunteering, seasonal employment is a great way to gain some general experience with the employer you hope to spend your career working for, and an opportunity to get your name and social security number on file with the payroll department. Seasonal jobs provide a great opportunity to get to know the team you hope to work with, and for them to get to know you.

A lot of seasonal jobs are entry-level and manual in nature; trail building and maintenance, fire suppression, facilities maintenance, and general labor tasks. However there are also plenty of seasonal opportunities to work as a wildlife biology assistant in fish hatcheries or conducting wildlife population surveys.

 

Find Pre-Professional Experience Opportunities in Your State

 

This state-by-state guide makes it easy to browse opportunities for volunteering, interning and seasonal employment in your area. Whether you’re looking to work with a state agency or on federally protected lands under the management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you’ll find the pre-professional experience opportunities you need to become a strong candidate.


Alabama

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment – You can apply for seasonal positions through the Alabama Personnel Department, including:

  • Forest fire lookout
  • Parks worker
  • Resort worker
  • Life guard
  • Laborer

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Alabama that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Alaska

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment – You can find seasonal jobs posted on the Alaska Job Center Network and Workplace Alaska:

  • Fish and Wildlife Technician II
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician III
  • Fishery Biologist I

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Alaska that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Volunteer Opportunities

College Summer Internships

Seasonal Employment – You can find seasonal positions with the Arizona Game and Fish Department posted on the state's job website.

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Arizona that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Arkansas

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment – You can find seasonal and full time positions with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's job opportunities website.

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Arkansas that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


California

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in California that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

Internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Colorado that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – These are available through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's internship website in areas such as the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation air-land-water
  • Conservation enforcement
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental studies
  • Fisheries management
  • Forestry management
  • Geographic Info Systems (GIS)
  • Land use and planning
  • Laws and regulations
  • Wildlife management

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Connecticut that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Delaware

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

Internships

  • Environmental summer camp internships
  • Environmental education internships
  • Field environmental stewardship research internships
  • Outdoor skills internships
  • Program management and research internships
  • See a full list of fish and wildlife internships

Seasonal Employment

  • Seasonal marina custodian
  • Seasonal trail groundsman
  • Seasonal range officer
  • Seasonal ocean lifeguard
  • Seasonal park patrol officer
  • You can find seasonal jobs on the state's employment website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Delaware that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


District of Columbia – Washington DC

Department of Energy and Environment

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Natural resources
  • Fisheries and wildlife
  • Watershed protection
  • Toxic substances
  • Water quality
  • Stormwater manager
  • Find a complete list of volunteer opportunities, and an application, on the Department of Energy and Environment's Green Pathways Volunteer website

College Internships – These are available for graduate students in the following areas:

  • Environmental services
  • Natural resources
  • Water quality
  • Lead and healthy homes
  • Air quality
  • See a full list of college internships on the Department of Energy and Environment's Green Pathways Fellows website

Seasonal Employment – Summer jobs at the Department of Energy and Environment are available in the following areas:


Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

 Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Florida that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Georgia

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities – Check with these regional education centers for any current volunteer opportunities:

Internships

Seasonal Employment

  • Seasonal fire crews
  • The DNR maintains a list of all seasonal and full-time employment opportunities on its careers webpage 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Georgia that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

Internships – Hawaii's DLNR offers internships through several partner organizations:

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Hawaii that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Idaho

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Volunteer Opportunities – Available throughout Idaho at these locations:

Internships – Wildlife diversity internships may be available at sites throughout the state, including:

Seasonal Employment

 Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Idaho that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Illinois

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The DNR works with any college that wants to develop an internship program, and allows college students to gain academic credit while working with any of these opportunities:

  • Volunteer network program divisions
  • Volunteer sites
  • Volunteer districts

Seasonal Employment

  • You can find a full list of seasonal and full-time DNR jobs on the state's employment website 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Illinois that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Indiana

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience – basic fishing
  • Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience – flying wild bird watching
  • Cleanup at public access sites along the state's waterways
  • Summer bat roost monitoring project
  • See a full list of volunteer opportunities on the DNR's volunteer webpage

College Internships – You can apply for an internship in any of the following areas by filling out an application:

  • Property management – roles of regulatory agencies in management
  • Interpretation – interpretive and administrative techniques, interpretive resources, environmental education, and ecology
  • Natural resources planning and management – inventories of plants and wildlife, habitat improvement plans, prescribed burns, and invasive species removal

Seasonal Employment

  • Seasonal lifeguard
  • Seasonal naturalist aide
  • Seasonal naturalist
  • Seasonal resource management technician
  • Seasonal tour guide
  • All seasonal and full-time jobs are posted on the state's jobs website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Indiana that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Iowa

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fishing Friday and Gray's Lake Park
  • Educational programming and outdoor skills at Springbrook State Park
  • Swan releases at state parks and marshes
  • Group cleanup work and plantings in state forests
  • Fishing instruction at lakes throughout the state
  • See all current volunteer opportunities on the DNR's volunteer webpage

College Internships – The DNR manages Iowa's Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program that includes projects like:

  • Water conservation
  • Water and waste water treatment
  • Process improvements
  • Solid and hazardous waste reduction

Seasonal Employment

  • Park trail maintenance
  • Park patrols
  • Park mowing and trimming work
  • Americorps trail crew
  • The DNR maintains a full list of seasonal and full-time positions on its employment website 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Iowa that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Kansas

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Kansas that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Conservation education
  • Interpretive programs
  • Special events and activities
  • Temporary exhibits
  • Plants, trails, and projects
  • Trail maintenance
  • Planting and weeding
  • Check out the DFWR's volunteer program website for more information

High School and College Internships – Internships through the DFWR are offered at the Salato Wildlife Education Center to students studying the following subjects:

  • Wildlife biology
  • Wildlife management
  • Horticulture
  • Education
  • Public relations
  • Other related fields

Seasonal Employment

  • Interim fish and wildlife technician
  • Interim conservation camp counselor
  • For a full list of seasonal and full-time jobs see the DFWR's career webpage

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Kentucky that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The LDWF coordinates with other agencies to offer the following internships:

Seasonal Employment

  • You can find a full list of seasonal and full-time positions on the state's employment website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Louisiana that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Maine

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tour guides
  • Gardeners
  • Landscapers
  • Wildlife transporters
  • Animal talk presenters
  • All volunteer opportunities are posted on the IF&W's online volunteer section

College Internships – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife works with colleges such as the University of Maine at Farmington to coordinate student internships

Seasonal Employment

  • You can find all seasonal and full-time jobs listed on the IF&W's career website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Maine that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Maryland

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

Internships – The DNR partners with different organizations to offer internships such as:

Seasonal Employment – Dozens of seasonal positions are available at the following locations:

  • Point Lookout State Park
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park
  • Rocky Gap State Park
  • Seasonal lifeguard – 45 state parks
  • Seasonal technician with the Fish and Wildlife Health Program
  • A list of current available jobs can be found on the state's careers website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Maryland that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the Department of Fish and game (DF&G)

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – Check with the DCR or the DF&G about internship opportunities; past internships have involved:

Seasonal Employment

  • Fire fighter
  • Forestry assistant
  • Park interpreter
  • Laborer
  • Lifeguard
  • See a full list of available seasonal positions on the DCR's seasonal jobs website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Massachusetts that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Big Oaks Equestrian State Campground – equestrian volunteer work
  • Waterloo Recreation Area – stewardship work
  • Algonac State Park – stewardship work
  • Island Lake Recreation Area – stewardship work
  • Highland Recreation Area – stewardship work
  • Pinckney Recreation Area – stewardship work
  • Michigan History Center
  • See a complete list of current volunteer opportunities on the DNR's volunteer calander

College Internships – These are available to current college students and recent graduates; you can find opportunities detailed on the DNR's student internship webpage

Seasonal Employment

  • Lab assistant with the natural resources laboratory
  • Assistant with planning and natural resources development
  • A full list of seasonal and full-time employment is available on the state's jobs webpage and the DNR's seasonal positions webpage 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Michigan that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment

  • Forest fire responder
  • Natural resources worker
  • Interpreter naturalist
  • Groundskeeper
  • Agric technician
  • Roadside maintenance snow and ice driver
  • You can find a full listing of seasonal and full-time positions on the state's careers website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Minnesota that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The MDWFP offers summer internships for students in several areas, including the following:

  • Law enforcement
  • Wildlife resources management
  • Fisheries resource management
  • License and boating registration
  • Hunting and boating education

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Mississippi that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Missouri Department of Conservation provides student internships each year; past internships have been in areas like:

  • Assistant wildlife ecologist
  • Cave biologist
  • Aquatic education specialist
  • Invasive species
  • Naturalist
  • Prairie and savannah restoration
  • Wetland resources
  • Fisheries management

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Missouri that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

College Summer Internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Montana that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Nebraska

Nebraska Game and Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Hunter education instructor
  • Youth fishing instructor
  • Campground host
  • Parks volunteer
  • See the Game and Park's volunteer webpage for a full listing

Seasonal Employment

  • Temporary facility maintenance technician
  • Temporary conservation technician
  • Temporary naturalist/park worker
  • Temporary facility maintenance
  • Temporary groundskeeper
  • See the Game and Park's current job openings webpage for a full list 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Nebraska that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Nevada

Nevada Department of Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

High School Seniors and College Student Internships – The Department of Wildlife provides internships to sponsor students who want to pursue a career in wildlife management

Seasonal Employment

  • A full list of seasonal and full-time jobs through the Department of Wildlife is provided on its employment webpage

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Nevada that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Fish and Game Department partners with schools to offer students a chance to serve as interns; for example White Mountains Community College has a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that partners with the Fish and Game Department

Seasonal Employment

  • See the Fish and Game's employment website for a complete list of seasonal and full-time jobs

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in New Hampshire that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Wildlife research
  • Fishing education
  • Operation of turkey, beaver, and otter check stations
  • Seasonal trout stocking programs
  • Hunting training range upkeep
  • Activities with the endangered and nongame species program
  • See the Division of Fish and Wildlife's volunteering webpage for a full list of opportunities

Internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in New Jersey that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Employment

  • Check the NMDGF's employment webpage for a full listing of seasonal and full-time positions

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in New Mexico that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

Seasonal Employment

  • Conservation security worker
  • Fish and wildlife technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Fish culturist
  • Lifeguard
  • Environmental educator
  • Forestry assistant
  • Complete list of available DEC jobs

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in New York that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


North Carolina

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

  • Wildlife law enforcement field intern
  • Box turtle project
  • Aquatic species monitoring
  • Wildlife educator
  • Habitat management
  • Aquatic conservation
  • Full list of available internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in North Carolina that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


North Dakota

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in North Dakota that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College and Non-College Internships

  • Wildlife research
  • Lifeguards
  • Water resources
  • Zoology
  • GIS mapping
  • Geologic investigations
  • More information at the internship section of the ODNR's employment webpage

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Ohio that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – Students and college grads can apply for an internship with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation if they are majoring in any of the following:

  • Wildlife conservation science
  • Wildlife ecology education
  • Biology communications
  • Zoology
  • Other related majors

Seasonal Employment

  • Seasonal positions are listed with full-time positions on the Department of Wildlife Conservation's careers webpage when they become available

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Oklahoma that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife works with colleges such as the following to develop academic internship programs:

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Oregon that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Game Commission works with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to offer internships to students with academic foci such as the following:

  • Biology
  • Earth science
  • Agronomy
  • Ecology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Soils science
  • Geology
  • Microbiology
  • Communications
  • Public relations

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Pennsylvania that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Fish and Wildlife Division

Volunteer Opportunities – There are several volunteer teaching opportunities through the Fish and Wildlife Division, including:

  • Spincast and flyfishing
  • Educator workshops for Project Wild, Project Wild Aquatic, and Project WET
  • Freshwater and marine ecology
  • Aquaculture

College Internships – Students can coordinate their research with the DEM if they are studying subjects such as the following:

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Rhode Island that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The DNR works with colleges and universities throughout the state to hire interns for the summer who work in areas such as:

  • Wildlife biologists
  • Wildlife technicians
  • Controlled burns
  • Invasive plant control
  • Habitat management
  • Surveys of bird, bat, and bear populations
  • Boundary line marking

Seasonal Employment

  • You can find a list of all seasonal and full-time jobs on the state's employment website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in South Carolina that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


South Dakota

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks offers internships in the following areas:

  • Law enforcement
  • Park management
  • Wildlife and fisheries management
  • GIS and private lands management
  • Habitat management
  • Park planning and development
  • Outdoor education
  • Engineering
  • Social media and marketing

Seasonal Employment

 Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in South Dakota that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Tennessee

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – TWRA offers internships as funding and resources are available; in the past internships related to subjects like:

  • Wildlife surveys
  • Fisheries and hatcheries
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife management
  • Stream surveys
  • Deer thermal imaging surveys

Seasonal Employment

  • A current list of seasonal and full-time employment opportunities is on the state's careers website

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Tennessee that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – TPWD offers internships to currently enrolled college students in these fields:

  • Law enforcement
  • Wildlife
  • Communications
  • Coastal fisheries
  • Inland fisheries
  • Infrastructure
  • State parks
  • Human resources
  • IT
  • Executive office

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Texas that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Utah

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources works with schools to provide internships to students studying subjects like:

  • Wildlife biology
  • Wildlife management
  • Visitor center management
  • Program development
  • Wildlife education
  • Wildlife population surveys

Seasonal Employment

  • Wildlife technician
  • Fire technician
  • Groundskeeper
  • Forestry technician
  • Maintenance worker
  • Geological technician
  • Dispatcher
  • Find a full list of seasonal and full-time jobs online

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Utah that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Vermont

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Department

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The ANR partners with colleges to offer experience to currently enrolled students in an internship, offering programs like:

  • Wildlife management
  • Wetland evaluation
  • Wetland assessment and monitoring
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Wildlife research

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Vermont that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Virginia

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries works with colleges to offer students internships that prepare them for work in fields like:

  • Law enforcement
  • Fisheries management
  • Wildlife biology
  • Public education
  • Public outreach
  • Marketing and information technology

Seasonal Employment

  • You can search the full list of seasonal and full-time jobs online

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Virginia that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – WDFW periodically offers internships to provide students with job training in a field related to wildlife; check with WDFW for current offerings

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Washington that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Employment

  • List of all seasonal and full-time employment opportunities online 

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in West Virginia that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

Internships – The DNR has internships geared towards on-the-job education for a career in fields like:

  • Wildlife technician
  • Environmental educator
  • Facilities operations
  • Grounds operations
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife management
  • Conservation
  • Natural resources management

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Wisconsin that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Wyoming

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department partners with schools to provide learning experiences for students interested in related fields; check with the department for any available internships

Seasonal Employment

Volunteer Opportunities On Federal Lands in Wyoming that Fall Within the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service