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DNR seeks to fill up to 200 paid summer internships

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for passionate and dedicated college students interested in learning more about possible careers with the DNR through paid summer internship opportunities.

DNR summer interns will not only gain valuable experience and training, but will also help the agency create a healthy, sustainable, and livable Minnesota for future generations.

The internship opportunities, located throughout the state, run the gamut of agency operations — from accounting to wildlife management. Interns work 20 to 40 hours per week, and receive a competitive salary of $15 an hour. As part of their internships, students must also fulfill an academic requirement or receive academic credit from their educational institution.

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DNR officials stress snowmobile safety as fatal crashes trend up

Conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority as the number of fatal crashes around the state has trended upward the past few years.

Three riders have died so far this winter and there have been other close calls, including snowmobiles that have gone through the ice and an instance in which a person was hit while walking on the ice. Last winter, 10 riders lost their lives in snowmobile-related crashes, five died the year before and three people died in 2015-16.

“We want people enjoying the Minnesota winter, but we want them to do it safely,” said Bruce Lawrence, recreational vehicle coordinator with the DNR’s Enforcement Division.

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DNR simplifies spring turkey hunting licenses

Lottery application now only required for three large wildlife management areas

Hunters hoping to bag a tom turkey with a firearm this spring will no longer be restricted to a single permit area. With the exception of three major wildlife management areas, a spring turkey license will provide the opportunity to hunt all permit areas in the state.

Beginning March 1, all spring turkey hunters can purchase a license over-the-counter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is announcing the season details now so hunters can apply for permits drawn in a lottery for the three wildlife management areas.

“We’re making it easier to hunt wild turkeys in Minnesota,” said Leslie McInenly, wildlife populations program manager with the DNR. “Turkey restoration has been a great success for the state and, over time, we’ve been able to relax and simplify hunting regulations.”

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State forest nursery needs black spruce cones

Want to help Minnesota’s forests grow healthy and strong and make some extra money at the same time? The Department of Natural Resources has a great opportunity.

The state forest nursery is in short supply of black spruce seed. To address this, an additional 800 bushels of black spruce cones are needed within the next few weeks. The DNR relies on individual collectors to provide cones to the state forest nursery.

The nursery dries the cones, extracts the seeds, and sells that seed to land managers. Approximately 6,000 acres of black spruce in Minnesota are replanted each year with seeds from the nursery.

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DNR to showcase career opportunities for Veterans

Veterans will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at three different events in Marshall and Willmar.

A pair of Jan. 15 events will be held for veterans in the Marshall area, while a separate event will be offered on Jan. 16 in Willmar for all veterans and others interested in DNR career opportunities.

The DNR is collaborating with the CareerForce Center and Southwest Minnesota State University Veterans Resource Center to connect veterans with DNR staff members. The first event will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. until 1p.m. at the Marshall CareerForce Center and is open to all veterans. A second event, geared to veterans currently enrolled in college, will take place the same day from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. in the SMSU Veterans Resource Center, also in Marshall.

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