Opening Date/Time: Wed. 07/12/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 07/23/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $13.29 Hourly
Job Type: Internship
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

WDFW Internship – Habitat Program
Non-permanent, up to a 3-month duration
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one (1) non-permanent Internship.  This position is with the Habitat Program, located at the Natural Resources Building (NRB) in Olympia, Washington.

The goal of Habitat Program internships is to provide college students with opportunities to gain valuable real world experience while working on projects at WDFW that result in meaningful contributions to the work of the agency.

This position and project contributes to the agency’s mission to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities and its strategic plan to support healthy ecosystems and maximize the impact of limited resources by supporting efforts to protect and restore critical habitats and supporting healthy ecosystems. The project is designed to gather information that can be used by resource and grant managers to better understand the results of shoreline restoration projects and make more informed decisions about restoration actions.  The primary objective of this position is to assist the Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the implementation of monitoring activities and data collection.

  • Conducting surveys to collect physical measurements and biological samples from the nearshore environment. This includes traveling to field sites, sample collection and preparation, field equipment and vehicle maintenance, data recording, interacting with the public and/or volunteers performing these tasks.
  • Catalog and maintain accurate records of samples as they are collected or received, ensuring proper preservation, storage, and handling of samples, laboratory equipment maintenance, data recording, and analysis of samples including optical microscopy.
  • Ensure that the data is collected accurately and efficiently, data entry is completed in a timely manner, data is managed in an organized fashion.
HS diploma or GED and is currently a college student (enrolled and pursuing a bachelor, master or doctorate degree at an institute of higher education).

A Valid driver’s license.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated and eager to learn.
  • Pursuing a degree in fisheries, wildlife, or other natural resource management, natural resource science, or environmental science, and a working knowledge of scientific method and concepts of ecology.
  • Experience collecting environmental data.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office package including Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow general laboratory safety procedures.

Ability to closely follow standard protocols and perform work under moderate supervision

 Supplemental Information:
Working Conditions

  • Substantial time in an office or lab setting and in the field collecting scientific data under adverse environmental conditions is required. The ability to carry 50 lbs. over uneven terrain, and frequent bending, stooping, and climbing in and out of boats is required.
  • As needed variable hours ranging from 0 to 40 hours per week and alternative work schedules, including nights or weekends.
  • This position requires substantial field time and travel throughout Puget Sound. Long field days and overnight stays are likely.
  • Ability to operate pickup trucks. Ability to operate standard laboratory equipment including microscopes.
  • Proficient in the use of computers and software such as Microsoft Word, and Excel. Ability to record accurate and legible field and lab note by hand and on digital devices.
  • Interacts with public while accessing public and private lands during fieldwork; must be professional, well-spoken, and non-confrontational.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the Union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

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 qualification, 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.
  • Names of three professional references.  Professor references will be accepted in lieu of professional – you may attach a document, use the Reference text field in the on-line application, or include with your 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.

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.