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DNR Communications UNPAID Internship

DNR Communications Intern UNPAID Seasonal Internship
Recruitment #2023-INTERN-Communications
Flexible start date with minimum 3 months’ duration, 28-40 hours a week.
Location: Olympia, WA.
This recruitment may be used to fill communications internships for fall ’22 and winter ’23. Flexible/Hybrid (must work 2 days a week from the Olympia office).

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Communications Division. Are you majoring in a journalism or communications field and want to gain first-hand, real-world experience working in natural resource management? If so, you may be perfect for the DNR Communications Internship Program. DNR works with various media outlets to inform the public about the assortment of natural resource-related issues including: forestry, fire prevention, Puget Sound and other aquatic restoration projects, geology, recreation and environmental education. This opportunity with DNR offers an intern valuable networking possibilities and on-the-job experience. The intern will work closely with our Communication Managers to complete a series of campaigns. 

The person in this internship position has the opportunity to:
  • Gain valuable experience working with a team of communications professionals in a collaborative environment;
  • May promote a government agency's mission using social networking sites;
  • May write and post a variety of blogs, articles, web and social media content;
  • May help with agency SharePoint and Drupal websites;
  • May help with media or outreach events.

Required Qualifications:
  • A full-time student (12+ credits/quarter) majoring in journalism or communications or related field and will be returning to school in a following quarter/semester. OR a graduate student. 
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
  • Personal Accountability 
  • Value Others 
  • Compassionate Communication 
  • Inspire Others 
  • Commitment to Excellence 
Working Conditions: 
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Journalism skills writing and editing: blogs, media releases, web sites or scientific journals; 
  • Video/ film-making experience a strong plus
  • Website or html experience; 
  • Graphic design experience; 
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines; 
  • Great work ethic and self-starting attitude; 
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills. 
  • Interest in natural resources and a desire to further their career in communications.
Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply highlighting their qualifications and strengths from the above list.

At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:
  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments. 
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Application Requirements:
  • To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. 
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Must attach (3) samples of writing (may also be links to published work or class assignments).
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 
Additional Information:
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

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Questions? Please contact Dena Scroggie at Dena.Scroggie@dnr.wa or e-mail us at

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