The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’s mission is to serve as the advocate for and steward of the state’s natural resources. View our current openings and complete a state application at careers.sc.gov. To find careers at SCDNR only, click on Search Openings, then filter by Agency.
Just Starting Your Career? Check out SCDNR College Internships and the SCDNR Career Explorers Club, a shadowing opportunity for teens. Additionally, SCDNR host scholars as part of the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the NERR Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship Program.
Working as a biologist in a conservation field requires a balance of time spent in the field and the lab. Field days often require manual labor to collect data in challenging conditions. Lab work requires meticulous procedural work and data-analysis to expand our existing knowlege of marine species and ecosystem health. Biologist jobs often require advanced degrees.
Land managers are responsible for preserving and maintaining conserved lands. They use a range of methods including prescribed burning, invasive species removal, trail management and more to restore habitats and foster healthy wildlife. They may be responsible for advocating for land preservation, writing grant applications and managing a team.
Environmental educators run programs to engage a range of audiences in conservation topics. They often work with K-12 students face-to-face to inspire a passion for the environment. Environmental education jobs can include creating lesson plans, developing new outreach programs and managing partnerships.
The job of a science communicator is to translate scientific topics for a range of audiences, often communicating best-practices for conserving imperiled species and ecosystems. Science communicators engage audiences through a range of mediums including press releases, videos, websites, print publications, social media and more.
People with jobs in information technology (IT) use hardware and software to create and maintain a foundation of information storage and digital support for an organization. Everyone working in the conservation field relies on IT professionals. To excel in IT, you will need to keep up to date with continually advancing technologies. Advanced degrees or certifications can help you succeed in this field.
Vessel Captains and crew maintain and operate research and education vessels, sometimes remaining at sea for extended periods. In these roles, it is important to coordinate with scientists and educators to help them perform their work in a safe and efficient manner. At SCDNR, these jobs include Captain, mechanic, deckhand and cook on vessels ranging from 45’ to 115’.
Find more resources for prospective college students at pathwaystoscience.org.