Salary: $2,827.00 – $3,401.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Internship
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-05201
Closing: 4/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) is Offering:
Two (2) Part-Time, Paid, Biology Internships – Includes Remote Work 
Internship durations are flexible; please clarify your timeline when filling out the supplemental questionnaire.

If you’re a current college student or recent graduate that’s looking to gain real world professional experience to compliment your education, look no further than this unique internship opportunity to work where biology, planning, engineering, and construction meet! 

The Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) within the Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to fill two (2) Biology Internship positions.  Start and end dates are flexible to coincide with school schedules, as needed. This internship can be used to fulfill credits for graduation, if requested.

The Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) is responsible for managing the agency’s Capital Budget and associated projects – these internships will be primarily focused on capital projects that have an “in-water work” and/or mitigation requirement. 

Picture yourself assisting in de-fishing work areas, collecting water samples, and assisting hatchery staff in the safe handling and care of juvenile and adult salmonids and other aquatic life.

It gives our team great satisfaction to know that they are investing in emerging professionals. It’s our hope you will carry forward enhanced relationships between the Department and university or professional associations.

If you are provided this opportunity, it is our intent that you will serve as an ambassador to the Department throughout your career as you leave this position and continue your professional path.

Some of what you will learn to do,

  • Assist lead permitting staff in fish removals and sampling work areas.
  • Seining, sampling, and removal of aquatic species from active construction areas.
  • Cataloging and maintaining accurate records. 
  • Environmental sampling in support of maintaining good water quality and site conditions. 
  • Water quality sampling including pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, or other site samples. 
  • Administrative tasks, including but not limited to paper filing, minor vehicle maintenance, equipment storage, cleaning, and inventory.
  • Assist project permitting staff in acquiring necessary environmental permits to perform project(s).
  • Assist in filling out permit forms and delivery and pick-up to and from appropriate regulatory agencies and environmental labs.
  • May help with WDFW wetland delineations as needed and directed by permanent staff.


  • Work Setting, including hazards    
    • Substantial time at various field locations throughout Washington under adverse environmental conditions. 
    • Will work in potentially fast-moving streams and rivers, as well as lakes and salt-water environments water and occasionally carry 40 pounds on uneven and/or muddy terrain. 
    • Work on active construction sites including around heavy equipment. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Work is non-scheduled, as needed, and on-call – variable hours ranging from 0 to 40 hours per week. 
    • Alternative work schedules including overnight stays are likely. 
    • There may be an opportunity for remote work, as approved by supervisor.
  • Travel Requirements:  
    • This position requires substantial field time and travel throughout Washington State, long field days and some overnight stays are likely. 
  • Tools and Equipment:            
    • Pickup trucks, standard laboratory equipment including water quality probes and turbidity kits. 
    • Recording accurate and legible field notes by hand or digital devices, and digital cameras which includes downloading photos/videos to computer.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    • Interacting with the public while accessing work areas, must be professional.  


Any of the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Those who have a High School diploma or GED 
  • Must be a current college student (enrolled and pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university) or have graduated within the last six (6) months, majoring in Biology, environmental studies, or a natural resource related degree.


  • Operating a pickup truck.


  • A valid driver’s license. 


  • At least four semesters or six quarters work at an accredited college or university.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Pursuing a degree in natural resource management, fisheries, biology, or a similar discipline.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.  You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

To Apply
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:

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