The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) provides internships (both paid and unpaid), which are available to full-time college students. The number of positions varies from year to year, based on Department needs. DCNR is seeking students majoring in fields such as: Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Environmental Planning, Parks and Recreation Management, Geology, Information Technology, Civil Engineering and Geographic Information Systems.

Students interested in an internship with DCNR can look forward to:

  • 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.


Depending on the program area, interns may gain experience in:

Gathering site information
Assisting in assessing deer damage
Assisting with research projects
Assisting with camp programming
Assisting with fire suppression
Assisting in carbon footprinting
Assisting in developing trail maps
Helping to prepare tree-marking paint
Assisting in painting timber-sale boundary lines
Assisting in assessing deer damage
Assisting in timber sale layout
Participating in park inspections
Learning about invasive and endangered species
Participating in site inspections
Participating in GPS/GIS data collection
Assisting in the operation of the state park
Assisting with fire-prevention programs

You can complete an application if you are in good academic standing and are enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university, which offers or leads to a an associate's, bachelor's or graduate degree.

To apply, complete the DCNR Internship Program Application online.

DCNR Ranger Unpaid Law Enforcement Internship

Students interested in law enforcement/public contact-related careers gain valuable experience and knowledge by working with commissioned DCNR Rangers while they perform their law enforcement duties. Students also participate in various other roles assisting the management, maintenance, and natural resource staff to develop a better understanding of DCNR’s mission, philosophy and goals.  Students must be at least 18 years old and enrolled as a full-time student at a properly accredited college/university, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

For specific information related to this opportunity, please click here:  To apply, please click here: DCNR Internship Program Application.

If selected for an interview, a waiver, found here: will need to be completed and signed. 

If selected for an opportunity, a criminal background check and a child abuse clearance are also required.  Instructions and links can be found here.

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.