Career Academy

Georgia DNR Career Academy

July 17-23, 2022 | Mansfield & Jekyll Island

Note: The application period has closed.

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Law Enforcement Division

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for the next generation of DNR employees who will care for Georgia’s natural and cultural resources. This summer, DNR invites high school students to a week-long summer camp where students will have the opportunity to explore future career options, receive training and education, and make connections with current DNR employees.  Attendees will work alongside field professionals and receive hands-on training from game wardens, park managers, and wildlife, fisheries, and marine technicians while traveling across the state visiting wildlife management areas, state parks, fish hatcheries, historic sites, and Georgia’s coast.

Students will stay overnight at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center located in Mansfield, Ga., and the Jekyll 4-H Center on Jekyll Island. Lodging and food are included in the total cost. Students may also choose to earn Dual Enrollment credit that can be used in Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Law Enforcement programs at many technical colleges. 

 Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in:

  • Habitat stewardship
  • Law enforcement
  • State parks hospitality
  • Fisheries & wildlife management
  • Coastal conservation and more

State Parks and Historic SitesCost

The cost for the DNR Career Academy is $100 and includes all meals and lodging. 

Schedule & Locations

  • Sunday July 17 – Move-in and orientation at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
  • Monday July 18 – Focus on wildlife and fisheries management at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
  • Tuesday July 19 – Focus on careers as park rangers at Hard Labor Creek State Park
  • Wednesday July 20 – Focus on conservation-focused law enforcement at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
  • Thursday July 21 – Travel to the Georgia Coast with stops at GADNR sites along the way
  • Friday July 22 – Focus on coastal conservation at Jekyll Island and Brunswick
  • Saturday July 23 – Travel back to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Coastal Resources DivisionIn the Field

The DNR Career Academy is hosted at DNR properties across the state, including state parks and historic sites, wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, and regional campuses from the mountains to the coast.

The Career Academy includes on-site visits to DNR workplaces where students will learn from full-time DNR employees about what they do and how they manage Georgia's natural resources. Students will be divided into smaller groups to allow for one-on-one conversations with DNR employees and the chance to take part in hands-on activities.  

Mentorship & Education

After the program, students can receive continued mentorship from DNR employees to stay on track for future careers with DNR. Eligible students can also choose to earn optional technical college credit upon completion of the Career Academy. 

Throughout the Career Academy experience, DNR staff will be side-by-side with students, who will have the opportunity to ask questions, dive deeper into career fields in which they have interest, and learn about the future education requirements for employment with DNR. 

State Parks and Historic SitesApplication Process

High school students are invited to apply to participate in the Georgia DNR Career Academy. This unique opportunity will expose the selected applicants to the wide variety of careers available within the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A link to the online application will be available on this page in mid-January. As part of the application process, students will:

  • Complete the online application by clicking here (currently closed)
  • Parent/guardian email in the Signature Form to [Download here]
  • Supply one letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, principal, or club advisor. Letter of recommendation can be emailed to
  • Complete a virtual interview with a DNR employee.

Dual Enrollment Credit

The DNR Career Academy curriculum has been aligned with the Intro to Wildlife Management course (FWMT 1000) that can be used in Fish and Wildlife, Forestry and Conservation Law Enforcement programs at many technical colleges in Georgia. The Dual Enrollment program gives high school students the opportunity to receive postsecondary credits at no cost.  If you would like more information about this opportunity, be sure to check YES on your application.