The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has externships (unpaid internship) available to college students. The number of positions available varies from year-to-year, based on Department needs.  DCNR is seeking majors in Environmental Sciences, Forestry Sciences, Information Technology, Recreation Management, Geology, Geography, and GIS.

Students interested in an externship with DCNR have the following to consider:

  • Learning opportunities located throughout the state;
  • Job responsibilities directly related to your field of study;
  • Experience that can be used upon graduation when seeking full-time employment; and
  • Gaining an insight into state government employment.


Students will gain the experience in:

  • Gather site information
  • Participate in site inspections
  • Assist in assessing deer damage
  • Assist in carbon foot printing
  • Assist in timber sale layout
  • GPS/GIS data collection
  • Assist in researching projects
  • Assist in developing trail maps
  • Participate in Park Inspections
  • Assist in operation of the State Park
  • Assist with camp programming
  • Assist to prepare tree marking paint for use
  • Learn about invasive and endangered species
  • Assist with fire prevention programs
  • Assist with fire suppression
  • Assist in painting timber sale boundary lines

Applicants can complete an application, if they are in good academic standing, and be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university, which offers or leads to a B.A., B.S., or graduate degree.

To Apply:  Complete the DCNR Externship Program Application on-line and submit to the Bureau of Human Resources.  If you are unable to submit on-line you can complete the application, print it off, and mail to the address below. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
We appreciate your interest in employment with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. If you have any questions, please contact:

Lana Seay
Bureau of Human Resources
PO Box 8768
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8768
Telephone 717-787-8737
Fax 717-783-0220


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is
an equal opportunity employer.