Students Invited to Explore ODNR Careers


COLUMBUS – High school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to explore different career opportunities in wildlife, parks, conservation and so much more through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) job shadow program.

“We do crucial work at ODNR to protect our natural resources and provide opportunities for people to explore the great outdoors,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “It is vital that Ohio is able to carry that mission into the future by educating and inspiring new generations of dedicated conservationists.”

There are a wide variety of career paths available at ODNR that people may not be aware of.

The job shadow program will shed light on those opportunities by pairing high school juniors and seniors with ODNR staff allowing students to spend the day on the job and learn what a typical day is like.

They will gain an understanding of role requirements and job tasks.

Students will be able to choose the division they’d like to learn about including law enforcement, engineering, forestry, and more.

Read more about ODNR’s divisions here.

The first job shadow day will be held on November 17th.

Students can apply through October 31st on the ODNR Job Shadow webpage.

ODNR plans to host two job shadow days per year.

Dates for the 2024 job shadow days have not yet been announced.