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Regulating harvest, health, and enhancement of wildlife populations

(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 wildlife to use and apply for these internship opportunities!

Student interns will be provided practical on-the-job training experience related to wildlife management, data collection, habitat restoration, and wildlife monitoring. The benefit of these opportunities is to recruit and train potential employees seeking careers in wildlife management, research and conservation and develop a great knowledge base of wildlife in Oregon and 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 wildlife management activities.
•  Assist staff with habitat maintenance and improvements to benefit wildlife.
•  Assist staff in conducting wildlife 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.

Initial interviews are anticipated to be held the week of March 4, 2024 via video, virtual, or phone interview.

Pay: $17.32/hour

Location and Anticipated Duration (not to exceed 400 hours/10 weeks):
Housing is provided at some locations. Be sure to consider whether housing will be able to be secured for your locations of interest where housing is not provided. Please evaluate your options/rental rates in the area prior to applying.

Job Descriptions: For more detailed information on the duties for each internship, click the link for each location.

APPLY NOW! All Positions Close February 9th, 2024 at 5PM (PST) OR Until Sufficient Applications Have Been Received.

** BOOKMARK THIS PAGE! ODFW may be posting additional summer and fall internships here on this site later this spring.
Keep checking this page for more opportunities! **

Internship Type Location Job Number Dates Status
Wildlife Area Interns
  Elkhorn 01 June - August  
  Ladd Marsh 02 June - August  
  Fern Ridge  03 June - September  
  Fern Ridge  33 June - September  

Summer Lake  


July - September

  Klamath  04 June - August  
  EE.Wilson 05 June - October  
  White River 06 June - August  
East Region District Management Interns
  Mid-Columbia - The Dalles 07 June - October  
  Ontario 08 May - July  
  La Grande 09 May - September  
  Heppner 10 June - August  
  Prineville 11 June - August  
  Prineville 12 May -July   
  Prineville 13 July -Sept  
West Region District Management Interns
  N.Willamette -Sauvie Island 14 June - August  
  N.Willamette - Clackamas  15 September - December  
  Mid-Willamette  - Adair  16 May - September  
  Umpqua - Roseburg 17 June - September  
  Rogue - Central Point 18 May - October  
  Rogue - Gold Beach 19 May - October  
  North Coast - Newport  20 May - September  
Oregon Conservation Strategy Interns
  Clackamas 21 May - September  
  Clackamas 22 May - September  
  Central Point 23 May - October  
  Central Point 24 May - October  
  Tillamook 25 May - August  
  LaGrande 26 May - August  
  Bend 27 September - December  
  LaGrande  28 May - August  
Wildlife Health Lab Interns
  Adair 29 June - September  
  S. Willamatte - Adair 30 April - September  
  Clackamas 32 September - December  
  S. Willamette - Adair 31 May - September  

Application Deadline: Job Postings close at 5PM (PST) on February 9th, 2024 OR until sufficient applications have been received.

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 2024, 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.


  • You MUST submit a completed application for EACH internship job application number interested in; AND
  • You must attach a Resume and 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:

Initial interviews are anticipated to be held via phone, video, or virtual interview.

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.

More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts at and

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 because they are good for Oregon. 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.

For more information about these internship opportunities, contact


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