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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

Featured short-term, part-time and full-time positions

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

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Conservation officers

Pay range: $19.33 – $25.37 an hour

Protect Michigan’s natural resources, the environment, and the health and safety of the public through effective law enforcement and education. Apply by May 23.

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Full- and part-time firefighters

$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).

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Nature Awaits educators

Starting rate: $15 an hour

We're looking for nature educators to lead fourth-grade school field trips through resource-based educational hikes and activities in state parks and recreation areas.

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Summer park workers

Starting rate: $15 an hour

Join our team this spring, summer and fall! As a frontline staff member, you'll help answer visitor questions, register campers, clean park buildings, mow grass, maintain trails and more.

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Seasonal park rangers

$19.78 - $27.81 an hour

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

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Forestry professionals

$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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Seasonal park interpreters

Starting rate: $15 an hour

These enthusiastic, nature-minded folks lead immersive hikes, design engaging outdoor educational programs and inspire visitors to connect with Michigan state parks.

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Michigan History Center summer jobs

Starting rate: $15 an hour

Expand skills, gain experience, and work independently in a variety of public history contexts in some of Michigan’s most beautiful places.

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Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps / AmeriCorps positions

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.