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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 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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Emergency dispatcher

Pay range: $21.47 – $27.91 an hour

Seeking individuals with exceptional customer service and communication skills to answer calls and manage sensitive information about natural resource crimes.

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Forestry professionals

Pay range: $18.68 - $38.24 an hour

Manage and sustain forests by collecting site data, developing treatment plans, preparing bid packages, overseeing environmental restoration projects and more. 

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Short-term wildlife positions

Pay range: $15 – $19.39 an hour

Seeking valuable experience working in wildlife conservation? Or just an interesting job that gets you outdoors? Apply for a short-term position with the Wildlife Division.

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Seasonal park workers

Starting hourly 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 interpreters

Hourly rate: $15 an hour

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 park rangers

Pay range: $19.39 - $27.26 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

Hiring year-round

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.


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.