Attention Students!

You are all encouraged to attend your professional societies’ respective business meetings.  Times and locations can be found here.

Day 1: February 6th, 2024

Conservation Career Expo

The conference is committed to continually improving the experience for all participants. With that philosophy, the Student Job Fair is rebranded as the Conservation Career Expo. The focus will be on jobs for undergraduate and graduate students as in the past, but there will also be activities for early and mid-career professionals. You will see presentations about resume development and invterview skills, as well as one-on-one resume review, interview skills and networking. These skills are critical to all employees seeking personal improvement and job opportunities.

Job Fair

Learn about current and future job announcements. Meet resource professionals hiring students and recent graduates.

Employers in attendance: MDC, USDA Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, MDNR, Clay County Parks, Pheasants Forever, Stream Team United, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, USDA APHIS

Resume Critique

Professional resume review and feedback. Bring a few copies of your resume for critique.

Resume reviews provided by members of MDC and MDNR

Federal Hiring Information Session

Attend a federal hiring information panel as well as a presentation on the navigation of USAJobs

Mock Interviews

Practice your interview skills with real professionals. Get the experience you need for when you land that interview!

Mock interviews provided by member of MDNR and Pioneer Forest

Students and Early Career Professionals: No registration is required and you do not have to attend the conference to attend the Conservation Career Expo. The evening mixer is not included in the career expo, however a student registration is available for $50 including the mixer and conference. It is suggested that you bring copies of your resume for review and to hand out.

Resource Professionals, Grad Students, and Professors: The Conservation Career Expo is free. Are you seeking employees with natural resource backgrounds? Then the career expo is the perfect opportunity for you! In years past we have had over 140 students ranging from high school graduates to people with masters degrees and current resource professionals attend the career expo. Employers will offer full and part-time positions along with temporary positions. No job is too big or too small.

Federal Hiring Information Session

Calling all college students with a passion for natural resources! 🌿 Are you excited about the prospect of contributing to federal agencies dedicated to environmental stewardship? Navigate the path to your dream career by joining our upcoming federal hiring information session! Learn how to leverage your skills and enthusiasm in the federal sector, demystify the USAjobs platform, and gain insights into the unique culture and diverse roles available. Discover firsthand what it’s like to make a meaningful impact on our nation’s natural resources. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape your future – attend our session and unlock the door to a rewarding career in federal employment! 🚀

Day 2: February 7th, 2024

Student and Professional Luncheon

You’re invited to the MNRC Student and Professional Luncheon! On Wednesday, February 7th in Windgate Hall from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The Missouri Chapter of The Society of American Foresters will be hosting a luncheon to allow for an excellent networking opportunity. There will be a panel of professionals answering questions compiled from students about their work and experience in the field. Each table will provide students the chance to make valuable contacts with individuals working in the field. It will be a taco bar lunch. Several door prizes will be available for participating students and professionals! Students and professionals, please RSVP by Monday, January 29th by emailing Lauren Pile Knapp ( Cost of the taco bar is $17.25 for professionals and free with a ticket for students.

The Missouri Natural Resources Conference (MNRC) is held in a public space, therefore we do not prohibit participants, exhibitors, sponsors, host facility, or other organizations from photographing, video or audio-taping Conference activities.  MNRC reserves the right to use images taken at the Conference with your photograph and/or likeness on social media, marketing materials, and/or other uses.  MNRC is NOT responsible for individual attendee’s use of your image or likeness.  By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media.