The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Summer Professional Development Program.

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 91 state parks and historic sites throughout Missouri.Opportunities with the Summer Professional Development Program exist statewide. Candidates can apply to any or all of the following programs with opportunities: Division of Environmental Quality, Missouri State Parks and Missouri Geological Survey.

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For consideration, please download and complete the application. A signed application and supporting documentation (resume, unofficial copy of transcripts, and letter of recommendation) should be uploaded via the Ready to Upload your Application and Materials form below. Candidates must ensure applications are saved with all data before uploading them. We frequently receive blank applications and must contact candidates to request properly completed applications. Candidates 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 candidate.

Letters of recommendation may either be uploaded with the candidate’s application (via form below) or emailed directly to the SPDP coordinator, Tiffani Martin, at Authors of said letters should be instructed to list the candidate’s name and “SPDP applicant” in the subject line of the email.

As positions are filled, the department will update the vacancy status information. 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 25, 2018.

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The application deadline is March 30, 2018. All applications received by the early bird deadline of Dec. 29, 2017 will be forwarded to hiring supervisors for immediate review. Supervisors may choose to fill their positions at this time or wait and consider additional applications that come in by the final March 30 deadline. All notifications of placement will be made no later than May 25, 2018.


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