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Regulating harvest, protection, and enhancement of fish populations

Paid ODFW Fish Division Internship Opportunities
(Multiple Locations)

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources!

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

Support ODFW’s mission by participating in a College Internship Program! Put your knowledge and interest in fish and wildlife to use and apply for these internship opportunities!

The ODFW fisheries intern program provides valuable training experiences to college students entering the field of fisheries management, while assisting with a variety of district field activities. Interns assist district fisheries biologists and research program staff performing daily management activities such as population surveys, habitat work, and responding to public inquiries. Interns may also participate in a fisheries research program or conservation strategy implementation; occasionally conducting independent duties. Interns gain a wide variety of experiences representing the workload of an ODFW Fish District. The benefit of these opportunities is to recruit and train potential employees seeking careers in fisheries management, research, and conservation.  Student interns are expected to gain the ability to develop and refine academic and professional goals as well as understand the structure and operation of a natural resource agency.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist staff with general fish management activities.
  • Assist staff in conducting fish monitoring and data collection.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.

Working Conditions:

Frequent work outdoors during inclement weather and may be required to work before and after daylight. Occasionally required to work on weekends. Position may be physically demanding.

Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. All internships will be in-person and will not involve telework.

Interviews are anticipated to be held as applications are received with a Teams virtual meeting, or phone interview. Positions will be filled as soon as possible.

Pay: $15.69/hour

Location and Anticipated Duration (not to exceed 400 hours/10 weeks):

There are 5 locations available in 2022.  Housing is difficult to find in some locations, please evaluate your options/rental rates in the area prior to applying.

Job Descriptions:Click the ‘position description’ link for detailed information on the duties and district specific information for each internship location.


# District/Program Office Location District Biologist Housing Available Status
1 Umpqua Roseburg Greg Huchko No Closed
2 Deschutes Bend Jerry George Possibly Closed
3 North Coast Tillamook Robert Bradley No Closed
4 Mid-Coast Newport John Spangler No Closed
5 North Willamette Clackamas Mac Barr No Closed
6 Fish Research/Bonneville Dam Clackamas Ian Tattam No Closed

Application Deadline: Job Postings will close once all positions are filled. Positions will be filled as soon as possible. The above table will update when positions are filled, or by June 30, 2022.

Criminal Records/DMV Check

Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Driving is required for all positions. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background and/or driving information may disqualify you from further consideration.

NOTE: Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

To be considered for an internship:

You must be a student, currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a college or university, preferably in a biological/ecological sciences related field, during the internship. You may be required to provide your college transcripts to verify your education status. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

If you have graduated or will be graduating by June 2022, you are not eligible for an internship opportunity.

Students are only eligible to participate in one internship with ODFW over the course of their postsecondary education.


  • Use the ‘Apply Now’ link below to submit a completed ODFW Internship Application Form; AND
  • Attach a Resume and Cover Letter/Letter of Interest (no more than 1 page) that includes:
    • your major course of study:
    • your career interests:
    • what you would like to learn from this internship opportunity;
    • why you are choosing ODFW for your internship;
    • how your career objectives align with ODFW’s mission.


Additional Information:

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODFW values diversity and inclusion and we believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

These internship appointments are not represented by a union (Non-Union).

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans' preference points will be considered if you wish to claim your veteran preference points. For more information on veterans' preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application but check the ‘Yes’ box on the ODFW Intern Cover Sheet. After you have applied, you will be contacted to provide your veteran documentation at that time.

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