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Internships with DNREC

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers full-time, paid summer internships to college students and recent graduates eager to work alongside professionals while cultivating their own career paths.
Now accepting applications for Summer 2024.
The 12-week program will


Earth Day 2024

Earth Day 2024 is celebrated on April 22. This year’s theme, Planet vs. Plastics, focuses on the health risks of plastics and the need to phase out all single use plastics. At DNREC, Earth Day is what we do all year long. The Department of Natural Resources


DNREC Proposes Fee Increase to Cover Program Funding Shortfall

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control (DNREC) is to ensure the wise management, conservation and enhancement of the State’s natural resources; protect public health and the environment; provide quality outdoor recreation; improve the quality of life; lead energy policy and climate preparedness; and educate the public on historic, cultural and


Be the First to Know

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is a large agency with multiple divisions overseeing permits and regulations, natural resources assessment and protection, and outdoor recreation opportunities. There’s a lot going on and many opportunities for public participation. Part of the DNREC mission is to engage all stakeholders to


DNREC Regulations

The regulations that govern the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are published by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations as part of the Delaware Administrative Code.
DNREC Regulations by Division
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    Brand and Visual Identity: Vibrant Delaware

    For more than 50 years, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has worked to protect, preserve, and enhance Delaware’s environment for current and future generations. The key to DNREC’s efforts is our shared mission. We all must contribute to a shared brand experience, one that educates, engages and inspires others to support


    Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Recruitment

    This page includes information and requirements for applicants for positions with the Fish and Wildlife unit of the DNREC Natural Resources Police. Eligibility Requirements The applicant must: Be at least 20 and a half years oldCompleted of an academy approved by the Delaware Council on Police


    Delaware’s Environmental Permitting Process

    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is an executive state agency with the responsibility to protect both the environment of Delaware and the health of our residents. When certain types of commercial or industrial facilities want to open or change their operations in Delaware, they must obtain a permit (or permits)


    Floods: Are You Prepared?

    Delaware has the lowest average land elevation in the United States. It is more susceptible to flooding and faces an increased risk from sea level rise. Be prepared. Know your flood risk and how to manage it. With Climate Change, and the uncertainty it brings, the saying “Where


    The DNREC Earth Day Top 40

    How about some musical inspiration for Earth Day? We asked our DNREC colleagues for their Earth Day song suggestions and we created an “Earth Day Top 40.”


    Operation Game Theft Report Form

    Use this form to report wildlife crime through DNREC’s Operation Game Theft. Information supplied in this form is strictly confidential and will not be released to the public. Use this form to report a crime that is not in progress. If you need to report a wildlife crime in progress,


    Website Maintenance

    System maintenance on Thursday, July 15, 2021, will result in parts of the DNREC website being briefly unavailable between 4:30 and 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.


    The Croda Atlas Point Plant

    Related News

    Croda to Restart Ethylene Oxide Plant for Emissions Test, Then Shut Down
    What happens at the Croda Atlas Point plant? Croda produces surfactants – short for surface-acting agents – which are used by other manufacturers


    Statement from DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin

    A statement from DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s action that rolls back vehicle emission standards.


    DNREC Coronavirus Updates

    The health and safety of our employees, visitors and volunteers has been paramount. Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has developed temporary policies and modified or suspended existing policies, in accordance with guidance from state and federal health


    List of DNREC Meetings and Events

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    Operation Game Theft

    The Operation Game Theft Fund was established by the Delaware General Assembly to assist in the apprehension and conviction of game law violators. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators.
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    Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police

    DNREC’s Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education and safety, promote hunting and fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware’s Homeland Security maritime mission. The Natural Resources Police oversee boating safety education in Delaware and take part in the annual Natural Resources


    Delaware Coastal Cleanup

    Trash on our beaches and in our waterways isn’t just unsightly – it’s also potentially dangerous to marine life and in some cases harmful to water quality. The annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup offers volunteers an opportunity to help make a difference for Delaware’s shoreline and waterways while joining an international effort to clean up the


    Boards, Councils, Committees and Task Forces

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control works with several boards, councils, committee and task forces to help it stay in touch with the public and the regulated community and ensure that Departmental policies and regulations serve the needs of all constituents. The bodies are listed by where they are hosted


    DNREC at the Delaware State Fair

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control welcomes Delaware State Fair visitors to DNREC’s climate-controlled building on the fairgrounds at the corner of Holloway Avenue and East Rider Road. The Fair runs from July 20 through July 29, 2023. Visitors will learn about the science behind the


    DNREC Divisions

    The mission statement of Department along with the over-all structure and details on sections within each Division.


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    Information for Businesses

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control permits and regulates many business activities. It also offers assistance programs to help business and industry thrive in Delaware. Administrative Law DNREC Regulations Public Hearings Public Notices Secretary’s Orders Assistance and Advice


    Outdoor Enthusiasts

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers information and programs for hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, campers, bikers, hikers, swimmers and people who like to lie on their backs in the grass and gaze up at the clouds. Choose Your State Park Alapocas Run State Park


    Information for Government

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Works with county and local governments to help improve the lives of Delaware residents, and the state’s natural resources. Wetlands, Flooding and Land Use Learn about freshwater wetlands and view wetland maps with the Delaware Freshwater Wetland Toolbox. Find out


    Information for Homeowners

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has a number of programs for homeowners. The Department regulations onsite wastewater systems and asbestos. It provides grants and homeowner assistance. And it offers guidance on a wide variety of subjects of interest to homeowners. Your Property


    Young Environmentalist of the Year

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control honors young Delawareans each year who have put their passions into projects that benefit our environment. Young Environmentalist of the Year Award winners are honored in a special ceremony at the Delaware State Fair.



    Nominate a Young Environmentalist of the Year

    Help us find young Delawareans who have put their passions into projects that benefit our environment. Use the form below to nominate a young person for a Young Environmentalist of the Year Award.

    Contact Us

    Joanna Wilson DNREC Public Affairs 302-739-9902



    Q and A: Croda Ethylene Oxide Release November 25, 2018

    Updated: November 13, 2019 Printable (PDF) Version
    What happened at the Croda Atlas Point plant? At 4:15 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018 ethylene oxide (EO) was accidentally released into the air from Croda’s ethylene oxide plant. Since


    New Employee Orientation

    Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. We’re glad you are joining us here at DNREC, as we call ourselves. This page will help get you started with us.
    … a healthy environment where people embrace a commitment to


    Delaware Natural Resources Police 411

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Natural Resources Police offer a smartphone app, Tip411, to give the public an easy way to report environmental crimes and concerns. The Delaware Natural Resources Police (DENRP) Tip411 app also gives Natural Resources Police a tool to share important information with the public. [column


    Natural Resources Police

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has three Natural Resources Police units that work with the public to ensure safety, investigate environmental crimes, and make sure that Delawareans and visitors to the state can enjoy Delaware’s natural resources. They are the Environmental Crimes Unit, the Fish


    DNREC Capital Plan

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Capital Plan lays out a series of key projects to achieve the Department’s vision. Each demonstrates that strategic environmental investments help drive economic prosperity and growth. By providing sustained funding for these critical infrastructure needs, we will help strengthen Delaware’s economy, while we improve the health


    DNREC Calendar of Events

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    Secretary Shawn M. Garvin

    Shawn M. Garvin joined Governor John Carney’s cabinet in March 2017 as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, leading the agency tasked with protecting and managing Delaware’s natural resources, protecting public health, providing outdoor recreational opportunities and educating Delawareans about the environment. Secretary Garvin’s career in intergovernmental affairs spans more


    Share Your Views: Natural Resources Police

    This page contains an embedded SurveyMonkey survey from the Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police. The survey may not be visible to screen readers. To give your feedback, please feel free to contact the Natural Resources Police at


    Children in Nature

    Delaware Children in Nature has merged into the Delaware Association for Environmental Education (daeeonline.org) which helps to ensure that every citizen in Delaware has the opportunity to become involved in meaningful outdoor experiences.        


    DNREC Newsroom

    The latest news and information from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
    DNREC Media Contacts Nikki Lavoie Chief Communications Officer Michael Globetti Media Relations Manager 302-739-9902 DNREC on the Delaware News Server  Sign up for the


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    Your form has been successfully submitted. We appreciate your help. Where to Next? DNREC Home Page DNREC Contact Information  Topics of Interest


    DNREC E-Mail Lists

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides e-mail list subscriptions on a variety of subjects.


    Your Guide to Nature, Conservation and Fun

    Outdoor Delaware, Delaware’s award-winning conservation magazine, is published four times each year and presents stunning photography, detailed feature articles, regular columnists, and more.


    DNREC FOIA Requests

    FOIA, the Delaware Freedom of Information Act (29 Del. Code, Chapter 100), ensures that the public has “easy access to public records” held by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and other state agencies. This page offers options for making a FOIA request to DNREC.


    Doing Business With DNREC Online

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers a number of online applications and tools to make it easier to interact with the agency.


    Public Meetings and Events

    DNREC posts notices of all public meetings on the state’s Public Meeting Calendar on a number of division- and office-specific calendars.


    Vision, Mission, Values and Priorities

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) envisions a Delaware that offers a healthy environment where people embrace a commitment to the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the environment in their daily lives; where Delawareans’ stewardship of natural resources ensures the sustainability of these resources for the appreciation and enjoyment of future generations; and where people recognize that a healthy environment and a strong economy support one another.





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