Mussel Survey, Propagation and Monitoring Intern

  • Internship
  • Lake City, MN
  • Application deadline: 2021-04-02

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides outdoor recreation activities and manages Minnesota’s natural resources to create economic opportunity and a sustainable quality of life. We are driven to find talented, innovative employees to help us carry out this mission.

This posting will be used to fill up to 2 intern positions.

These positions exist to assist in implementing mussel surveys and monitoring in selected streams, rivers and lakes in Minnesota, to provide dive safety support, assist with laboratory propagation and life history studies, and to assist with data entry resulting from mussel data collection and research as part of the statewide mussel survey, monitoring, and restoration program.

Anticipated work season will last 3-5 months depending on hired intern availability. Work schedule could vary depending on weather and river conditions. Housing is not provided for these internships. Interns will be responsible for their own transportation to work sites. These internships will require overnight travel. When traveling, lodging is provided and the cost of meals will be reimbursed.


Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for an Internship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student at an accredited educational institution; AND
  • Your advisor must certify that you will either receive academic credit or fulfill an academic requirement. The signature of a sponsoring academic instructor is required prior to beginning an Internship.


  • Majoring in one of the following: Biology, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife, Recreation Resource Management, Ecology, or Environmental Science. If you are unsure if your major qualifies please contact us.
  • SCUBA Certification.
  • Ability and willingness to work in unfavorable conditions (cold, wet, mud, bugs, etc.).
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment.
  • Ability to travel for a week on short notice and work odd hours.
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently and well as part of a team.
  • Excellent human relation and communication skills sufficient to represent the position and Division in a professional, efficient, and clear manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent record keeping and organization skills.
  • Ability to work with a small group of people over extended hours.
  • Experience diving in cold water with low visibility.
  • Experience trailing, backing, and operating boats.
  • Experience identifying native freshwater mussels.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  • Employee Reference Checks
  • SEMA4 Record Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page to submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Bernard Sietman at or 651-314-6305.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR’s Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: or by calling Jill Westberry, Title 1 ADA Coordinator at 651-259-5326; or using MN Relay 711.

Working Title: Mussel Survey, Propagation and Monitoring Intern
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 03/20/2021
Closing Date: 04/02/2021
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
Division/Unit: Ecological and Water Resources
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Work Location: Lake City
Travel Required: Statewide intern position, some overnight travel required to accomplish the work efficiently
Salary Range: $15.00/hour
Classified Status: Non-Status
Bargaining Unit/Union: 223 – Non-Employee
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Anticipated Start Date: May 2021
Anticipated End Date: October 2021
Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

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