Natural Areas and Wildlife Biology Intern, Summer 2019

  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Ellensburg, WA, USA
  • Nov 17, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Natural Areas and Wildlife Biology Intern
Summer 2019
Recruitment # 2018-11-9334 

Are you majoring in Biology or the Natural Resources and want to gain first-hand, real-world experience? If so, you may be perfect for the DNR Wildlife Biology/Natural Areas Internship Program. This opportunity with DNR offers interns valuable networking possibilities and on-the-job experience.

SALARY RANGE:           Sophomore and under: $2,349 per month
Junior: $2,523 per month
Senior: $2,697 per month
Graduate student: up to $3,219 per month
*DNR provides housing in some locations or a $500/month (maximum of three months) housing stipend if free housing is not available.        
TYPE OF POSITION:      One available position
Exempt Position: Non-permanent, Part-time to Full-time (minimum 16 hours and up to 40 hours/week)
Three month duration: April to June 

 POSITION PROFILE:This unique position will work primarily with the DNR Southeast Region Natural Areas Program but will also have the opportunity to work with the Southeast Region Wildlife Biologist on select projects. The Natural Areas Program is responsible for over 15,000 acres of across 15 sites that support rare and sensitive plant species, animals, and high quality native ecosystems. This intern will assist staff in ecological restoration projects, invasive species management, and data collection. These duties will be performed primarily under the direct supervision of Natural Areas Staff. Biologists in the DNR Forest Resources Program support region staff by providing consultation on land management activities that relate to wildlife habitat improvement and conservation. This portion of the internship will involve working directly with the Region Wildlife Biologist monitoring goshawk nest sites and conducting Northern spotted owl surveys across the region.
The internship program is designed to give students educational and hands-on field experience in a variety of duties that will include:

  • Nest searches and surveys for Northern goshawks and Northern spotted owls
  • Wildlife habitat assessments
  • Various restoration activities
  • Invasive species control and mapping
  • GPS/GIS Mapping
  • Botanical surveys
  • Seed collection and planting



  • 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. 
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Physical ability to work alone or as part of a team in undeveloped, remote, forested or back-county landscapes and terrain
  • Experience using Microsoft office products including Excel and Word


  • Desired course work includes:
    • General Biology
    • Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Field Techniques
    • Ornithology
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Knowledge of plant identification including ability to use a dichotomous key
  • Knowledge of standard field survey methods
  • Experience using GPS equipment for mapping and data collection
  • Candidates should have work or recreational experience driving on logging roads.


  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel. 
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

Supplemental Information


  • This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.
  • Note: Students graduating in or before June 2019 should call or email for information on permanent employment opportunities. You can also find our current job openings at  and 

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$2,349.00 - $3,219.00 Monthly