Internships, Employment & Summer Research

Find dynamic, engaging opportunities

We believe some of the best learning happens beyond the classroom. That's why our department focuses heavily on connecting students with hand-on, engaged learning experiences in the form of internships and undergraduate research.

These experiences are great ways to apply knowledge from the classroom to the real-world. By applying your skills to solving real world problems, you have the chance to explore different career paths and specializations that suit your interests. In addition, the extra experience gained will boost your marketability. 

Keep an eye out on this page for upcoming internship and summer research opportunities.



The MNDNR River Ecology Unit’s Summer 2023 Stream Fish-Habitat Internships. Information about the internship and how to apply can be found at Stream Fish Habitat Internship | Minnesota DNR ( Search by Job ID 61342 on the MN Careers webpage to apply between January 3rd – 31st.


Other MNDNR internship opportunities are also available.

Minnesota DNR Summer Internships

Iowa DNR Seasonal Opportunities

North Dakota Wildlife Summer Internships

U.S. National Park Summer Internships

Missouri DNR Summer Internships

National Mississippi River Museum Summer Internship


Summer Naturalist Intern (up to 3 positions)


Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa

Description:  Each 12-week position will run approximately May 22 through August 18, 2023 and will offer opportunities to actively participate in environmental education (EE), public information, nature interpretation activities and habitat management.  The summer naturalist(s) may assume assigned tasks of increasing responsibility.


Assist the staff naturalists with planning and conducting nature interpretation and environmental education program activities for a wide range of audiences; plan and conduct summer day camps; plan and conduct public education programs and special events; assist with nature center exhibit maintenance and animal care; assist with habitat management such as prairie shrub removal and trail work; participate with publicity and public informational activities as assigned; assist with center host duties as assigned; maintain working relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as assigned.

Shift:  The summer naturalist(s) will work no more than 40 hours per work week (non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).

Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a current, valid driver’s license; can get to and from the work-site; ability to use hand and small power tools and be physically able to work in extreme environmentally rigorous situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Applicant for hire must successfully pass background checks, physical exam and drug screening prior to employment. 

Salary:  $12.50 per hour

Deadline:  Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2023.



Position #2022-00001
Woodbury County application, resume, and cover letter are required.

Applicant for hire must successfully pass background checks, physical exam, and drug screening prior to employment. 

Woodbury County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the ADA, the County will consider reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.

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