Careers with Coastal Resources Division and DNR

CRD employee Sean Tarpley pulls a seine net on Jekyll Island as part of a demonstration for a third grade class, which stands behind him.

 CRD photo

People who work for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to fulfilling the agency’s mission of managing and conserving the state’s natural and cultural resources for future generations. With nearly 2,500 associates working throughout the state, job opportunities within the agency require various levels of education and expertise ranging from a high school education up through advanced degrees. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Game Warden, Fisheries or Wildlife Biologist, Park Manager, Environmental Engineer or any other career in DNR, the Department of Natural Resources is the place for you. 

Current Career Vacancies

View the PDF below to learn about current career openings at all divisions of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, along with the qualifications, compensation, and work location. The DNR Vacancy Announcement is used to advertise current vacant full-time positions within DNR. The DNR Vacancy Announcement is updated daily as needed and includes specific information pertaining to each vacancy listed. To ensure you are viewing the latest DNR Vacancy Announcement, please clear your Cookies/History prior to opening the announcement.

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Required Application Forms

All applicants are required to complete the DNR Application for Employment. Please use this form when applying. You may also include a resume and cover letter. Send all materials to the human resources manager listed in the specific job announcement.

Application for Employment

For all non-law enforcement positions.

 DNR Application (Fillable PDF)

 DNR Application (Word)

Application for Employment

For law enforcement, P.O.S.T.-certified positions.

 DNR Application for P.O.S.T. Positions (Fillable PDF)

 DNR Application for P.O.S.T. Positions (Word)

Supplemental Work History Page

Download and use this page if you need additional space for your work history.

 Supplemental Work History Page (PDF)

 Supplemental Work History Page (Word)


Divisions of DNR

Coastal Resources Division brandmarkCoastal Resources Division

Coastal Georgia is a region rich in history, beauty, mystery and natural wonders. Cultures have mixed here for ages, just as the rivers mix with the sea. With its large tidal ranges, vast salt marshes and picturesque barrier islands, coastal Georgia has drawn people throughout history.

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) has primary responsibility for managing Georgia's marshes, beaches, and marine fishery resources. Based in Brunswick, CRD administers permitting programs under the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act and Shore Protection Act; issues revocable licenses for use of state-owned water bottoms; monitors coastal water quality; and manages shellfish harvest areas. CRD conducts research; management and development activities associated with recreational and commercial fishery resources; represents Georgia on regional marine fishery boards and commissions; and builds boat ramps, artificial reefs, and fishing piers. CRD has primary responsibility for the Protection of Tidewater/Right of Passage Acts.

The Division's service area extends from the inland reach of the tidal waters to three miles offshore.

Environmental Protection Division brandmarkEnvironmental Protection Division

The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is a state agency charged with protecting Georgia's air, land, and water resources through the authority of state and federal environmental statutes. These laws regulate public and private facilities in the areas of air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks, and others. EPD issues and enforces all state permits in these areas and has full delegation for federal environmental permits except Section 404 (wetland) permits.  

Air Protection Branch

  • The Air Protection Branch of Georgia EPD is responsible for protecting Georgia's air quality through the regulation of emissions from industrial and mobile sources. Also, the Branch is responsible for monitoring the ambient levels of air pollutants throughout the State and providing the State ambient air quality information at the Ambient Air website (  

Land Protection Branch

  • The Land Protection Branch (LPB) manages the disposal and treatment of solid waste through the permitting of municipal and industrial solid waste landfills. The branch also oversees underground storage tank registration and remediation, scrap tire cleanups, the certification of lead-based paint and asbestos removal contractors, and surface mining permitting and reclamation.  Government and businesses that generate or store hazardous waste are regulated through the Hazardous Waste Management Programs of the Land Protection Branch. These programs also investigate spills and releases involving hazardous waste and determine the impacts to soil and water. The Hazardous Waste Programs administer the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, also called the State Superfund, which is used to pay for the cleanup of some contaminated sites.  

Watershed Protection Branch

  • The Watershed Protection Branch manages water resources in Georgia through permits to local governments and industry to discharge treated wastewater and to local governments, industry, farmers and subdivisions for surface water and groundwater withdrawals.  The Branch ensures that Georgia's public water systems are operating properly to supply safe drinking water to citizens, works to control nonpoint sources of pollution, including erosion and sedimentation, and manages storm water discharges. This Branch also conducts water quality monitoring and modeling of Georgia's waterways.  

Law Enforcement Division brandmarkLaw Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. The LE Division also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Game Wardens investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. Game Wardens also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices.  

 Law Enforcement Division recruiting website

State Parks & Historic Sites Division brandmarkState Parks & Historic Sites Division

The Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division (PRHSD) manages more than 60 properties that preserve the state's environment and history. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast, these sites offer an exceptional variety of activities, such as hiking and biking, fishing and boating, picnicking, ranger programs, historic enactments and golf for more than 11 million people each year. Currently, 63 state parks and state historic sites are open to the public, offering 374 cottages, 414 lodge rooms, 2,486+ campsites and seven golf courses. 

 State Parks & Historic Sites Careers, Internships & Job Opportunities website

The State Parks listed below are operated by Coral Hospitality as a private contractor.

  • Amicalola Falls
  • Georgia Veterans
  • Lake Blackshear
  • Little Ocmulgee
  • Unicoi

 Coral Hospitality employment website

The Len Foote Hike Inn is also operated by a private contractor. For employment information, visit the Len Foote Hike Inn website.

 Len Foote Hike Inn employment website

Wildlife Resources Division brandmarkWildlife Resources Division Division

The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. WRD is comprised of three sections – Game Management, Fisheries Management, and Nongame Conservation.

Game Management

  • The Game Management Section manages one million acres of land in more than 100 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for hunting, fishing, wildlife enhancement, bird watching, hiking, camping and conservation education. GM conducts research and surveys to monitor hunter harvest, wildlife populations and habitat. These efforts support setting regulations and other management activities. GM also provides technical assistance to landowners, private organizations and governmental agencies.  

Fisheries Management

  • The Fisheries Management Section (FM) manages 500,000 acres of lakes, 12,000 miles of warm water streams and 4,000 miles of trout streams to provide high quality sport fishing. FM surveys fish populations to determine sound management approaches and set regulations. FM also constructs and maintains public boat ramps and fish attractors, investigates pollution and fish kills, assesses environmental reviews, provides technical assistance to environmental agencies, operates fish hatcheries and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) and sponsors a variety of kids fishing events.  

Wildlife Conservation

  • The Wildlife Conservation Section conserves and protects wildlife species not hunted or fished for, native plants and their habitats through public education, research and management. We conduct research and surveys on a wide variety of wildlife, identify critical habitats and implement species and habitat restoration programs. We also encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of observing wildlife, catalog and distribute information on occurrences of rare plants, animals and natural communities, participate in cooperative habitat management with private and corporate landowners and lead our conservation education efforts. 

 Wildlife Resources Division Careers & Internships website 

Career Academy brandmarkDNR Career Academy for Youth

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources 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.

 DNR Career Academy Website

Internship Opportunities

Persons interested in an Internship with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources should contact the Internship Coordinator for the Division that is applicable to their area of interest/study as each Division coordinates their own Internship Program.  

Listed below are the Internship Coordinators, telephone numbers, and website addresses to obtain information pertaining to Internship Opportunities with the various Divisions of DNR: 

  • Coastal Resources Division
    • Gale Kennedy
      • 912-262-3101
  • Environmental Protection Division
    • Katie Daniels
      • 404-651-5841
  • Law Enforcement Division
    • Jen Hammonds
      • 770-918-6408
  • State Parks & Historic Sites Division
    • Londa Moates
      • 770-389-7808
  • Wildlife Resources Division
    • Michael Sellers
      • 770-761-3010

State of Georgia Total Rewards 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers an attractive salary, optional benefits package and work/life balance to full-time employees.

Benefits options include:

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Specified Illness Insurance
Legal Insurance

Spending Accounts
GSEPS Pension Plan
Peach State Reserves (401K and 457 Plan)
13 Paid Holidays per Year
Leave Program (Annual, Sick, Personal, and more)
Direct Deposit
Path2College 529 Plan
Georgia United Credit Union

Employee Assistance Program
Leave Donation Program
Alternative Work Schedules
State Employee Discount Program



The work you do for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources can be demanding, yet challenging and satisfying in knowing your contributions yield far reaching impact on the lives of millions of Georgians. You will work with a talented team dedicated to sustaining, enhancing, protecting and conserving Georgia's natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.

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The Department of Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, National origin, disability, age or gender pursuant to applicable state and federal regulations. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the DNR Office of Human Resources: 


Office of Human Resources
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1258, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404-656-7560
FAX: 404-657-9837