Summer jobs for youth in America’s great outdoors

Many summer job opportunities with the federal government are available, several of them outside of Washington, D.C. In fact, there may be something available close to your own home.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the country’s 556 national wildlife refuges, hopes to hire more than 2,300 young people this summer, as it did in 2011. Apply now to work on a national wildlife refuge or other public land.

Start here to learn about 2012 job opportunities for young people in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Scroll down to “Student Employment Opportunities” to learn about jobs through program partners such as the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps. For other opportunities on refuges, such as those through the Youth Conservation Corps , contact your local refuge (using the “Find Your Refuge” feature on the Refuge System homepage).

For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit

Learn about other 2012 conservation jobs and internships with the Department of the Interior (DOI) at and Read about DOI’s Youth in the Great Outdoors program. Listings are for both permanent and temporary jobs. DOI manages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and other bureaus and offices.

Youth job candidates are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Most internships include a stipend, and others are volunteer positions.