The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Professional Development Program (SPDP).

The Summer Professional Development Program is designed to provide college students or recent graduates with real-life experience working alongside the department’s engineers, scientists, natural resource managers and other professionals. There are paid and unpaid opportunities. Most majors will be considered with special consideration given to: Agriculture, Architecture, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Interpretation, Landscaping, Museum Studies, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Tourism, Accounting, Business Administration and Human Resources.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' mission is to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone. The department's mission requires a diverse workforce statewide and includes 88 state parks and historic sites throughout Missouri. Opportunities with the Summer Professional Development Program exist statewide. Students may apply during the fall of each year to any or all of the following programs with opportunities: Division of Environmental Quality, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Geological Survey and Division of Administrative Services (for non-science majors).

Click to see the list of opportunities for Summer 2017

Apply Now - Easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1. Download and complete the application. Students need only submit one application and applicable materials, even if applying for multiple positions. Position numbers must be indicated in the appropriate location on the application. Applications that do not list individual position numbers will be returned to the applicant.

Download the application form

Step 2. Click on the link below to upload your signed application and supporting documentation (resume, transcripts, etc.)

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Step 3. Check back with this website. As positions are filled, SPDP vacancy status information (see below) will be updated. Candidates should make note of position numbers they have applied for and check back often for hiring updates. Notifications will be made to all successful candidates no later than May 15, 2017.

SPDP Job Vacancy Status Table


Please direct all inquiries regarding internships to Tiffani Martin via email or by calling 573-522-1503 or mailing to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Human Resources Program
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102