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DNR offering Career Camp for high schoolers to explore professional paths


A new program aimed at encouraging high school students to explore careers in conservation was announced by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Georgia DNR Career Academy, a week-long, overnight summer camp, will be held July 17-23 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll on Jekyll Island. 

High school students will have the opportunity to learn about DNR career paths and visit wildlife management areas, hatcheries, state parks, and the coast, said Lindsey Brown, the Career Academy’s director. Activities will include trailblazing and hiking, land navigation, state park hospitality, hunting incident investigation, fishery management, urban wildlife and deer aging, and other programs. 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.

The Georgia DNR Career Academy is open to high school students in the fall of 2022. Students do not have to be residents of Georgia. The cost is $100 and includes all meals and lodging. 

Scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify on a financial-need basis. Applicants must include a letter of permission from a parent or guardian, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, school administrator, or club advisor, and complete a virtual interview with a DNR employee. Applications are available at www.GaDNR.org/CareerAcademy.

Eligible students may also opt to earn technical college credit upon completion of the camp that can be used toward a future education in wildlife management.

For more information, email career.academy@dnr.ga.gov.


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