Summer Intern Programs
The Arizona 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 hands-on practical work experience while working with a diverse group of professionals in the fields of wildlife science, biological science, wildlife management, and many other professions within the Department.
As trainees in the office, laboratory or field, selected interns may learn to perform work in wildlife research, wildlife management, or a related administrative program while assisting in the management of Arizona's wildlife.
- Currently enrolled in curriculum leading towards a Bachelor’s or higher level degree on a substantially full time basis (usually 12 semester hours) and pursuing a major in Wildlife Biology or closely related field applicable to the internship opportunity (subject to verification)
- U.S. Citizen or proof of eligibility to work in the United States
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
- Ability to pass a post-offer physical exam (if applicable)
- Valid driver's license (free of restrictions, if applicable)
Application & selection process
Eligible students interested in summer employment, must apply via our recruitment site, www.azstatejobs.gov. Click "search for jobs" and then select "Game and Fish Department" from the agency dropdown.
Students must submit a cover letter and resume in one document when applying.
The cover letter must outline (by hiring supervisor name) the internship opportunities the student would like to be considered for. Students may select up to five internships to apply for.
Students must attach unofficial transcript(s) of college coursework.
- Students must apply on the site no later than the March 6, 2015.
- View Internship Overview
- View Job Descriptions
Internship guidelines & overview
Student interns are hired on a temporary basis and paid an hourly rate of $11.00 (returning interns at $12.00). Interns are not benefit eligible and work at the discretion of the appointing authority. Interns may be employed until they no longer meet the program requirements or the department determines that the work is no longer required. Assignments are typically full-time (unless indicated by hiring supervisor) and generally last between 8 to 12 weeks. Dependent on department needs, funding and approval, certain assignments may continue past the normal summer cycle.
Examples of past internship job duties
- Desert tortoise telemetry
- Monitor endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher nests and other passerine species using time-lapse video cameras and systems
- Radio track pronghorn antelope and collect field data (activity patterns, food habits, predator scat, and aerial location) of marked pronghorn
- Conduct habitat assessments at squirrel use sites as part of a habitat selection study
- Creel census and lake & stream survey
- Learn skill in electro fishing, and gill netting
- Assist with lake limnological surveys
- ArcView mapping
- GPS data acquisition
- Assist hatchery operations; feed and care for live fish; stock fish in lakes
This is just a small sample of the many diverse internship projects available!
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.
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 623 236-7326.