Wildlife Bio Intern

  • Washington Departmemt of Natural Resources
  • Ellensburg, WA, United States
  • Jan 19, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Geoscience-Hydrogeology Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge.  Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.
DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.
The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.
We have some of the most talented people in the industry.  We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.  We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.  


Wildlife Biology Intern
Recruitment # 2018-01-Intern-00369
Unpaid Internship
LOCATION:                       Ellensburg, Washington 
CLOSES:                           28 February 2018.
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 28 February depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.
Biologists in the DNR Forest Resources Program support the Timber Sales Program by providing consultation on timber activities as they relate to wildlife habitat and works with region staff to improve habitat conservation. This year, we surveying for Northern Spotted Owls and monitoring several goshawk nest sites across the region.  This position is meant to be part-time initially and requires some evening and weekend availability. Minimum of 16 hours per week and up to 24.  Flexible start date  (approximately May 14) with a 2-month duration. 
Interns work directly with the region biologist. The internship program is designed to give students educational and hands-on work experience in a variety of duties that will include: 

  • Conducting Northern Spotted Owl surveys to protocol.
  • Nest searches and surveys for Northern goshawks.
  • Assessing Northern Goshawk habitat in protection areas.
  • Learning to use Bioacoustics for detection.



  • Applicant must be a student majoring in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or related field and will be returning to school in a following quarter/semester.
  • Applicant must also be willing and able to hike long distances over rough terrain and work evenings/nights.  

Candidates should have an interest in natural resources and have work or recreational experience driving on logging roads. 

Desired course work includes: 

  • General Biology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Field Techniques
  • Ornithology

Closing 2/28/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Government- State/Provincial

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