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Communication and Outreach Intern

Job Title Communication and Outreach Intern
Job ID 45390
Location New Ulm
Full/Part Time


Job Details

Job Class: Intern

Working Title: Communication and Outreach Intern

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 04/30/2021
Closing Date: 05/13/2021
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Department of Natural Resources
Division/Unit:  Operations Services Division
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: No
Salary Range: $15.00 / hourly
Classified Status: Non-Status
Bargaining Unit/Union: 223 - Non-Employee
Work Location: New Ulm, MN
Anticipated Start Date: May 2021
Anticipated End Date: September 2021
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary

Job Summary
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides outdoor recreation activities and manages Minnesota’s natural resources to create economic opportunity and a sustainable quality of life. We are driven to find talented, innovative employees to help us carry out this mission.
We are currently seeking to fill an Outreach and Information internship based in the New Ulm office. This internship is part-time and the incumbent will work approximately 20 hours per week.
This internship exists to provide bi-lingual support services to the South Region Planner and Information Officer in the areas of outreach, information, and education. The internship will focus efforts on outreach to the Region’s underserved diverse populations.
Normal days of work will be Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 am-4:30pm. Housing is not provided.
Responsibilities include:
  1. Assist the Regional Information Officer with regional communications and outreach efforts, having an emphasis on communicating with bilingual or non-English speaking audiences located throughout DNR South Region.
  2. Assist the Regional Planner with outreach and marketing efforts in the Minnesota River Valley Recreation and Conservation Area.
  3. Support the Regional Director and the Regional Management Team (RMT) in achieving regional objectives. 


Minimum Qualifications
To be eligible for an internship, you must meet the following requirements:
  1. You must be a student at an accredited educational institution; AND
  2. Your advisor must certify that you will either receive academic credit or fulfill an academic requirement. The signature of a sponsoring academic instructor is required prior to beginning an internship.
  • Majoring in one of the following areas: Marketing, Business, Mass Communications, Environmental Science, Outdoor Recreation, Education, Foreign Language, or related studies. If you are unsure if your major qualifies, please contact us.
  • Communication skills in English as well as a second language; preference for a language spoken by populations in Southern Minnesota (e.g. Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Dakota, etc.).
  • Experience with computer spreadsheet and word processing programs.
  • Ability to seek out and compile information and research in support of project goals and activities.
  • Ability to review, interpret, and present data to recommend appropriate communication, advertising, and marketing strategies.
  • Basic camera skills.
  • Excellent human relation and communication skills sufficient to represent the position and Division in a professional, efficient, and clear manner.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency preferred in a language spoken by underserved populations in Southern Minnesota (e.g. Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Dakota, etc.).
  • Outreach and marketing experience.
  • Photo editing skills.
  • Outdoor recreation interest and experience.
  • Experience translating documents from English to another language.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Good teleworking skills.
  • Completed at least 16 credits in the major areas of study listed above.
Physical Requirements
Occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.
Additional Requirements
This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record.
It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:
  1. Employee Reference Checks
  2. SEMA4 Record Check
  3. Criminal History Check
  4. Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us
Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.
We are proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

How to Apply
Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page to submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
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If you have questions about the position, contact Wanda Dahlhoff at or 507-233-1234.

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.