The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Internship and volunteer opportunities abound and are strongly encouraged! 

Students can gain pre-professional experience by working as interns with resource management agencies or conservation organizations over the summer or during the school year. Arizona Game and Fish Department offers internships every summer, and internships with other organizations are posted on the listserv.  Other potential internship opportunities are listed below.  If you would like to sign up to receive academic credit to count as a technical elective (RNR 293, 393, 493), you must fill out the following form with your Faculty Advisor:


Internship Work Plan Form


If you are unable to find a paid internship, research experience, or part-time natural resources job right away, don't give up.


You can get additional experience on campus. Get to know faculty, graduate students, and staff. Go to office hours. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to be interested and enthusiastic. If you are intimidated by face-to-face contact with a total stranger, give them a call or send an email first.  Scan through faculty websites and talk to teaching assistants and advisors to find out who is doing the kind of work that interests you. Then talk to those professors or graduate students to find out if they could use a volunteer on their research projects. Again, it gets your foot in the door and is valuable experience. 

If you wish to earn academic credit for this experience, Independent Study (RNR 299, 399, 499) or Directed Research (RNR 292, 392, 492) units are for students working directly with UA faculty either on or off campus.  To enroll, fill out the following form with your advisor for the project.


Independent Study/Directed Research Proposal Form       



Online Resources For Jobs And Internships


UROC - Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity:
The UA Graduate College sponsors a consortium of eight summer undergraduate research opportunities that are collectively known as Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC). The application for UROC can be accessed here  and the deadline is Feb. 1st.  The website page offers brief descriptions of each program and eligibility criteria vary, so please read carefully. Program benefits include excellent research training and graduate school preparation through:

- An intensive 10-week research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor
- Professional development and graduate admission workshops
- A free professional GRE workshop and encouragement to take the GRE during UROC
- Social opportunities and a support network of like-minded peers
- Poster session, oral presentation, and abstract writing.
- Financial support includes 6 units of research credit for summer research and a $4000 stipend.


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American Fisheries Society

American Geophysical Union  Job finder.  AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Volunteer)

Association of Zoos and Aquariums -- jobs in Zoos and Aquariums

Association of Minority Zoo and aquarium professionals  training related to zoo careers

AZ Game and Fish - Internship program

AZ Game and Fish-- Employment

Conservation Careers Jobs Internships and volunteer opportunities

Conservation Job Board - Find Conservation & Environmental Jobs

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

Ecolog Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news. You must sign up for the listserv to recieve the job and graduate assistantship listings. 2019-2020  This list has graduate assistantships, internships, and technician positions for a range of fields.

The Institute for Bird Populations

Master Natural Program

Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Missouri Botanical Garden

The National Wildlife Federation

NEON- The National Science Foundation's NEON is a 30+ year project dedicated to collecting and providing open access continental-scale data to better understand how our nation's ecosytems are changing.

NOAA Sea Grant

Open Channels: Sustainable Ocean Management & Conservation

Ornithological Jobs

Pathways Project-Federal Jobs for students and recent graduates

Point Blue Conservation Scienc

Sabino Canyon (Docent)


SCA (Student Conservation Association)

The Society for Conservation Biology--SCB Job Database

Society for Range Management


Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board

USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site

Water Jobs

Watershed Management Group -- UA waterWRLD internship program

WhaleFISH--Clearinghouse for marine biology internships

The Wildlife Society Job board


Arizona Agencies and Organizations


American Museum of Natural History

P.O. Box 16553

Portal, AZ  85632


Apache-Sitgraves National Forest

Lakeside Ranger District, 2022 W.

Lakeside, AZ 85929


Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch

HC 1 Boc 44

Elgin, AZ 85611


Arizona Department of Transportation

1444 W. Grant Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85745-1406


Arizona Game and Fish, Region 5

555 N. Greasewood Road

Tucson, AZ 85745


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Road

Tucson, AZ 85743-8918


Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 85633

Sasabe, AZ 85633


Bureau of Land Management

12661 East Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85748-7208


Center for Biological Diversity

P.O. Box 710

Tucson, AZ 85702


Chiricahua National Monument

Dos Cabezas Route, Box 6500

Willcox, AZ 85643


Fort Huachuca Wildlife Office

US Army Garrison, ATZS-ISB

Sierra Vista, AZ 85613-6000


Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans

P.O. Box 249

Lukeville, AZ 85341


Mason Audubon Center

8751 N. Thornydale

Tucson, AZ 85742


Native Seeds-SEARCH

526 N. 4th Ave.

Tucson, AZ  85705


Organ Pipe Cactus National

10 Organ Pipe Drive

Ajo, AZ 85321-9626


Saguaro National Park, Rincon

3693 South Old Spanish Trail

Tucson, AZ  85730


Sky Island Alliance

738 N. 5th Ave. Suite 201

Tucson, AZ 85705


Society for Ecological Restoration

1955 W. Grant Road #150

Tucson, AZ 85745


The Nature Conservancy of Arizona

1500 East Fort Lowell

Tucson, AZ 85719


The Nature Conservancy--Flagstaff

2601 N. Fort Valley Rd., Suite 1

Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Water Department

310 West Alameda St.

Tucson, AZ 85701