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 $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 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/Winter Internship- Recruitment # 2016-INTERN-09614


Olympia, Washington


October 30, 2016 Note: Recruitment may be extended after October 30th 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 person in this internship position 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 a minimum three (3) month duration, 28-40 hours per week working in our Olympia office. 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. Qualifications


  • Journalism skills writing and editing: blogs, media events, web sites or scientific journals;
  • Social media: use of tools in a business setting, tracking analytics and selecting tools for targeted campaigns;
  • 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. *


  • 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

WHO MAY APPLY This internship is open to anyone who meets the preferred qualifications for this position.


  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • Submit the following:
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, preferred and desired position qualifications.
  • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
  • Must attach three (3) samples of writing (may also be links to published works).
  • The names of three to five professional references (this may include professors) – you may attach a document, or include on resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. 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). The DNR is an equal opportunity employer. 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) 902-1097. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711. .

Job Type: Internship

Job Number: 2016-INTERN-09614

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

Closing: 10/30/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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

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

Salary: Not Displayed

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA