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DNR job opportunities

Current DNR job openings

Career, seasonal, part time, student assistant and internship openings are posted on the State of Michigan job openings page. Check the website frequently as vacancy postings are added often.

View all active DNR job openings

Seeking applicants for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions

We are currently seeking candidates to fill these high-demand positions. 

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Seasonal park workers

Pay rate: $15 an hour

Answer visitor questions, register campers, clean park buildings, maintain trails, mow grass, and more. Learn valuable skills and work as part of a team!

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Seasonal park rangers

Pay range: $18.29 - $25.70 an hour

Train and lead staff and volunteers; provide customer service; maintain grounds, infrastructure and equipment; and perform other duties as assigned.

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Full- and part-time firefighters

Pay range: $18 - $30.67 an hour

Fight fires, conduct prescribed burns and assist with forest management (i.e. cultivation work, operate heavy machinery, work with partners, maintain equipment).

Additional part-time and seasonal positions

The following are additional opportunities to work for the DNR. While some of these positions, such as AmeriCorps and Michigan CCC, hire year-round, others are only available seasonally.

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Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps / AmeriCorps positions

Currently hiring!

Gain hands-on experience in ecological restoration, forest health, horticulture or sign manufacturing. MCCC members are limited term and can serve up to two years.

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Seasonal park interpreters / explorers

Hiring in spring each year

These enthusiastic, nature-minded folks lead hikes and activities and present fun programs that shine a spotlight on each park's unique resources.

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Seasonal wildlife positions

Hiring in spring and fall each year

Seeking valuable experience working in wildlife conservation? Or just an interesting job that gets you outdoors? Consider applying for a seasonal position with the DNR Wildlife Division.

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More info coming soon

Expand skills, gain experience, and work independently in a variety of public history contexts in some of Michigan’s most beautiful places. Information on seasonal positions coming early 2023.

Become a conservation officer

Conservation officers are fully sworn law enforcement officers who protect Michigan’s natural resources and public health and safety through effective law enforcement and education. They conduct daily patrols using off-road vehicles, boats and snowmobiles to ensure people are following laws and recreating safely. As emergency responders, they respond to general criminal and life-threatening situations.

Learn about the CO hiring process


DNR employees receive much more than just a paycheck! The following are some of the benefits available for eligible employees. Learn more about the benefits of working for the State of Michigan. *Alternate and remote/hybrid schedules not available for all positions.

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Health, dental, vision & life insurance

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*Alternate & remote work schedules

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15 - 35 paid vacation days each year

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13 or 14 paid holidays each year

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13 paid sick leave days each year

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12 weeks paid leave for birth or adoption

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Bonus and longevity pay with accrual of 5+ years of service

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401(k) and 457 enrollments with generous match

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Tax-advantage child care and health savings accounts

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Professional development, loan forgiveness & more

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8 paid hours each year for community or school service

Potential career paths

Below are some examples of potential careers with the DNR. These are not necessarily active job postings, just examples of various position descriptions within the DNR that we hire for.

Pursuant to section 238 of PA 166 of 2022, the Department of Natural Resources posts this notice that it has adopted a hybrid policy that includes in-person, remote, and alternative work arrangements. The department or agency has the authority to assign and schedule its employees and determine their work location. This policy also provides for work options contingent upon the operational needs of the department or agency.  Approval is at the discretion of the department or agency and can be changed or rescinded based upon operational needs. The policy includes which positions may qualify for a work option, how to request one and the requirements necessary for approval.