High school students are pictured after attending last year's ODNR job shadow program, courtesy of ODNR

ODNR taking applications for June job shadow program

Rising high school juniors and seniors have an opportunity to explore different career opportunities in wildlife, parks, conservation, and others 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 in an April 16 news release. “It is vital that Ohio is able to carry that mission into the future by educating and inspiring new generations of dedicated conservationists.”

ODNR offers a variety of career paths that people may not be aware of, the release said. The job shadow program will shed light on those opportunities by pairing rising 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 and will be able to choose the division they’d like to learn about, including law enforcement, engineering, forestry, and others. Read more about each potential job shadow option at the ODNR divisions webpage.

Job shadow day will be held June 27. Students can apply through May 17 on the ODNR Job Shadow webpage.

ODNR plans to host two job shadow days per year. The date for the 2024 fall job shadow day has not yet been announced.

For more information about the application or program, email Will Armbruster at [email protected].

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