Georgia wildlife agency launches career summer camp

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is a launching a Career Academy for high school students, with a summer camp focusing on conservation where students will work among game wardens, park rangers and technicians. (Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources)

Georgia’s wildlife officials are launching an academy for high school students in an effort to boost interest in one day working for the Department of Natural Resources. 

“Lots of young people like to be outdoors,” said Career Academy director Lindsey Brown. “Some of them even imagine spending the rest of their lives out there. A desk job is just not appealing to them.”

The Career Academy will also focus on the importance of conservation and runs for one week in July at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield and Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll on Jekyll Island.

Students will work alongside various DNR staff including game wardens, park rangers and technicians working in the field.

Brown said he hopes students will get to see they can try a huge array of outdoor jobs and not just the careers students see at a traditional career day.

The cost is $100 and includes meals and lodging. Scholarship opportunities are available to those who qualify on a financial-need basis. 

Students who attend camp can also receive college credit for the Intro to Wildlife Management course (FWMT 1000) that can be used in Fish and Wildlife, Forestry and Conservation Law Enforcement programs at many technical colleges across the state.

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