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2024 ODNR PAID Summer Internship-Intern-Science Majors-Positions Statewide

Applications for the 2024 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Summer Internship Program are currently being accepted for positions statewide and from students of Science disciplines.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) offers some of the most diverse career opportunities in state government. Opportunities expand well beyond parks and recreation. The team of biologists, geologists, naturalist, forestry, wildlife and fisheries employees,  just to name a few, helps the department fulfill its responsibility to manage and protect some of Ohio’s most critical resources – forests, rivers, breath-taking natural areas, shorelines and islands, astounding geologic formations, wildlife, oil, gas, minerals and water resources.


About the ODNR Summer Internship


Through the ODNR Summer Internship Program, interns will:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of what the Department does and why.
  • Have access to unique professional development and training opportunities.
  • Play a role in ensuring a balance between wise use and protection of Ohio’s natural resources for the benefit of all.


ODNR seeks applicants from a wide variety of academic majors, including, but not limited to:

  • SCIENCE: biology, botany, chemistry, conservation management, earth science, ecology, environmental studies, entomology, forestry, geography, geology, natural resource management, wildlife management, water management, zoology

An ODNR internship offers:

  • Hands-on, practical experience
  • Flexible hours
  • The option to gain school credit
  • A safe, inclusive, respectful workplace

ODNR Core Values:

  • Do The Right Thing, The Right Way
  • Promote Science-Based Stewardship
  • If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Now
  • Strive for Excellence in Customer Service
  • Commit to Great Communication
  • Embrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 





Candidates meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Enrolled as a part-time or full-time student, in a science related major, at an accredited college, university, or community college which offers or leads to an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree.
  • Good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher)
  • Applicants will be required to submit a resume and writing sample with their application. (A writing sample can be a research paper or writing assignment from a previous job or class and is, generally, one to two pages in length. The topic of the writing sample is up to the applicant but should be relevant to the internship to which the applicant is seeking)

Job Skills: Internship, Active Learning, Customer Focus, Verbal Communication, Critical Thinking, Observation 



The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability please contact Mohammad Yakubu, EEO Regional/Program Administrator at 614-265-6992 or

Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link, and selecting "My Profile".


 Background Check Information 


All information pertaining to education, training and/or experience must be verifiable on your State of Ohio Civil Service Employment Application and/or attached resume, transcript or licensure(s) for the information to be considered.

Applicants may attach the following document types:

•Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)

•PDF (.pdf), •Plain Text (.txt)

•Rich Text (.rtf)

Please do not upload attachments that have an anomaly or are password protected.

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.