Job Title: Internship-Public Lands Survey Office DNR Intern-Summer 2017
Opening Date/Time: Mon. 06/19/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 07/09/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Job Type: Internship
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, Washington
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources

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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 Intern – Summer 2017 Public Lands Survey Office Program Intern Recruitment # 2017-06-9414-05660


Sophomore and under: $1,880 per month Junior: $2,064 per month Senior: $2,448 per month Graduate student: up to $2,963 per month              DNR provides housing in some locations $500/month (maximum of three months) housing stipend if free housing is not available.


One available position Exempt Position: Non-permanent, Full-time Flexible start date up to a 3-month duration


Tumwater, Washington


9 July 2017

POSITION PROFILE:   This Internship position is part of the Public Land Survey Office (PLSO), which is a repository of land survey maps and documents for the State of Washington.   Skills and experiences this position provides:

·         Training in land survey map and document research

·         Proper handling of historic documents

·         Training on how to use advanced scanning equipment

·         How to create an index of survey maps and documents by extrapolating information and references from the survey map or document.

·         Learning the laws and requirements that pertain to land surveying and the preparation of a land survey map for recording.

One of the projects this position would be assigned to is creating a legibly scanned computer image of a land survey map, from a microfilm aperture card, using a highly advanced microfilm scanner and easy to use software. The research training would give you experience in not only use digital search methods within our scanned images, but also view and scan historical maps from our microfilm collection. There are also hard copies of historical maps that you may need to search through, so be aware that you may have to move, lift, and shift around boxes and books of records as you conduct your search. If you are someone interested in preserving the history of how land boundaries were formed in our state, and protecting the location of those boundaries, then the indexing training of this position will satisfy that interest. The maps and documents you will index, date between the late 1800’s to current and are from across the state so each map you index is different and unique. Learning what is required on a survey map and expanding your knowledge of the Public Land Survey System, will make gleaning the information off the maps to index into the database field’s fun and challenging for you.   If you are trustworthy, hardworking, organized, do well with paying attention to details, want to contribute to a positive and professional working environment, have enthusiasm for your job, work well individually and within a team, and want to learn the research and preservation aspect of the surveying profession, then this internship is for you.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Key Knowledge and Skills:

·         Graduation from high school or GED certificate.

·         Graduate or current enrollment in a Surveying or Engineering technology curriculum at a college or university.

·         Have a basic understanding of surveying and different types of land boundary maps.

·         Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel software.

Key Behavioral Competencies: All employees of the DNR are required to consistently demonstrate the following core competencies:

·         Inspirational Leadership

·         Sustainable Management

·         Informed Decision Making

·         Transparency & Accountability

·         Respectful Relationships

·         Personal Responsibility


·         Effective written and oral communication skills.

·         Be able to work in an office environment

·         Attention to detail and the ability to be organized and focused in a busy work environment.


·         Must have a valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.

·         Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

 Supplemental Information:
WHO MAY APPLY This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.   APPLICATION PROCESS

·         To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above)

·         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 and what you would like to gain from this internship.

·         Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.

·         An unofficial copy of your transcript.

·         The names of three to five professional references.  Professor references will be accepted in lieu of professional – 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, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.    Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.   Questions?  Please contact Kris Horton at (360) 902-1197 / or e-mail us at   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, 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 Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.