Game and Fish Department offers paid summer
internship opportunities in cooperation
with participating college and universities.
This is an excellent opportunity for students
interested in gaining experience while
working with a diverse group of professionals
in the fields of wildlife science, biological
science and wildlife management.
The following are eligibility guidelines
and the application procedure for our internship
- All students must be enrolled
in a curriculum leading to
or Post-Baccalaureate degree
on a substantially full time basis
(usually 12 semester
hours) and must be pursuing
a major in Wildlife
Biology or closely related
field in order to be eligible to participate
in the Intern
- All eligible students interested in
summer employment must submit a resume,
via our recruitment site, www.azstatejobs.gov.
Click "search for jobs" and then select "Game and Fish Department" from the agency dropdown. The announcement will become available on February 26, 2013, with the listing of the opportunities available for 2013.
- Resumes must be submitted to the site
no later than March 22, 2013.
additional Information on the Internship
program, contact Milani Barron, Staffing Coordinator at (623)
- View 2013 Intern Job Descriptions
- View 2013 Summer Intern Announcement
What is the Arizona Game and Fish Department?
The Arizona Game & Fish Department
is responsible for managing Arizona’s
fish and wildlife resource as an enduring
public trust. In addition, the department
is charged with promoting safe and responsible
use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles.
Funding is provided from the sale of licenses
and permits; watercraft registration fees;
federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing
equipment, boats, and other sporting goods;
state lottery revenues; donations on state
income tax forms; and various contracts
and grants. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission,
whose five members are appointed by the
governor, set department policy.
Internship job description
As trainees in the office, laboratory or
field, interns will learn to perform
work in wildlife research, wildlife management
or a related administrative program while
assisting in the management of Arizona’s
wildlife. Interns conduct field surveys
and studies of wildlife with biologists
as needed and will work on special projects.
Internships are available in the following
Responsible for programmatic management
related to wildlife, wildlife habitat,
fisheries management, nongame and endangered
species, and research.
Information and Education
Responsible for informing the public about
wildlife, conservation issues, laws regulating
harvest of wildlife, as well as environmental
and hunter education programs.
Responsible for field wildlife management,
such as wildlife surveys, law enforcement,
customer service and services provided
at six regions located in Pinetop, Flagstaff,
Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, and Mesa.
Responsible for the administration of watercraft
registrations, hunting & fishing
license sales, as well as the construction
and maintenance of water developments
and habitat improvements.
The student must currently be enrolled
in a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s
or higher-level degree on a substantially
full-time basis (usually 12 semester
hours); and should be pursuing a major
field of study in Wildlife Science, Wildlife
Management or a related area at an accredited
college or university. The students should
have the ability to perform a variety
of work tasks in wildlife, fish management,
research programs, and be able to walk
or travel over rough terrain and camp
overnight. Work may have to be performed
in inclement weather. Off-highway driving
is required in most positions.
Advantages for you
Each intern will be provided with interpretation
and training in the methods and objectives
of each branch and on-the-job experience
in wildlife research, wildlife management,
or related administrative programs, and
will be evaluated by their supervisors
at the end of the program.
For additional information see the career
center at your college or contact the
Arizona Game and Fish Department Human
Resources Office at (623) 236-7319.
Examples of Past internship job Duties
- Desert tortoise telemetry
- Monitor endangered Southwestern Willow
Flycatcher nests and other passerine
species using time-lapse video cameras
- Radio track pronghorn antelope and
collect field data (activity patterns,
predator scat, and aerial location) of
- Conduct habitat assessments at squirrel
use sites as part of a habitat selection
- Assist with live trapping and marking
- Creel census and lake & stream survey
- Assist with fishing clinics and teacher
- Conduct frog surveys
- Conduct elk and turkey surveys
- Learn skill in electro fishing, and
- Measure and evaluate riparian and
- Assist with lake limnological surveys
- Conduct bat surveys
- Operate off-highway vehicles and ride
to pack equipment. Operate small watercraft
- Work in a hatchery; feed and care
stock fish in lakes
- GPS data acquisition
- Arcview mapping
- Assist Information & Education Program
- Implement habitat improvements for
Forage Enhancement Project
This is just a small sample of the many
diverse internship projects available!