Washington State DNR Communications Intern in Olympia, Washington


Service, Science, Sustainability

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.


DNR Communications Intern Unpaid Fall Internship Recruitment # 2018-INTERN-08612


Olympia, Washington


9 October 2018 Note: Recruitment may be extended after 9 October depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.


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. This opportunity with DNR offers an intern valuable networking possibilities and on-the-job experience.

The intern will work closely with our Social Media Manager to complete a series of fall campaigns. The person in this internship position will also has the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable experience working with a team of communications professionals in a collaborative environment;
  • Promote a government agency's mission using social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and a blog);
  • Write and post a variety of blogs, articles, web and social media content
  • May help with media or outreach events. Flexible start date with minimum 3 months' duration, 28-40 hours a week working in our Olympia office. Qualifications


  • Journalism skills writing and editing: blogs, media events, web sites or scientific journals;
  • Video/ film-making experience a strong plus;
  • Website or html experience;
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Great work ethic and self-starting attitude;
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills. *Note: *Applicants are encouraged to apply highlighting their qualifications and strengths from the above list.

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.


  • Applicant should be a current college student, or recent college graduate, majoring in a communications field.
  • Applicants must also have an interest in natural resources and a desire to further their career in communications. Supplemental Information


  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • You must submit the following:
  • 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 your Resume
  • Must attach (3) samples of writing (may also be links to published work or class assignments).
  • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

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

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed. This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications

Salary: See Position Description

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Internship

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

Job Number: 2018-INTERN-08612

Closing: 10/9/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov