The Georgia DNR Career Academy is a week-long, overnight program for current 9th, 10, and 11th graders designed to introduce students to future careers with the Department.
The Career Academy’s activities include electrofishing and fish habitat creation, prescribed burns and land management, state park hospitality and administration, conservation law enforcement, saltwater fisheries surveys and methods, and more.
Throughout the week, students will interact with full-time DNR staff and have the chance to ask questions, learn about professional paths, and education requirements.
“I was able to connect with people who work in the field I hope to be in one day,” said Lily A., 17, a 2022 graduate of the DNR Career Academy. “The lessons, resources, and information given was incredible. It is something I’ll truly never forget.”
The program, slated for July 16-22, 2023, at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield and Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll on Jekyll Island, is the only program of its kind in the state, and offers young people a unique look at careers in natural resources, said Lindsey Brown, the Career Academy’s director.
“This experience takes a fast-paced, hands-on approach to introducing students to future jobs with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,” said Brown. “At the completion of this program, students have a better understanding of the educational requirements for working in the field, and a solid understanding of what that work is like.”
Mark Williams, Commissioner of DNR, said the goal of the Career Academy is to encourage the next generation of conservation professional and public servants.
“The state of Georgia is an incredible place to live and work, and people across the country are noticing that,” he said. “As our state continues to grow, DNR is committed to recruiting the most talented and motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds to ensure our natural resources are conserved for the benefit of future generations.”
The Career Academy is open to residents and nonresidents of Georgia. The cost is $100 and includes all meals and lodging. Applicants must include a letter of permission from a parent or guardian and a letter of recommendation.
Eligible students may also opt to earn technical college credit upon completion of the camp that can be used toward a future education.