fish & feathers

Enjoy the many benefits of being a Fish & Feathers intern.

Funded by the National Park Service and administered by Environment for the Americas, Fish & Feathers is a 12-week summer internship program that provides EFTA’s national park partners with talented, diverse interns ready to engage with local communities through fishing, birding, and other outdoor recreational activities.

Selected interns focus on supporting, implementing, and leading community outreach projects while incorporating fishing and birding activities. Fish & Feathers host sites include a wide range of excellent fishing and birding spots, such as Everglades National Park, Redwoods National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, and more.


Qualification requirements:


  • Under Direct Hire Authority and Public Land Corps requirements, as provided by the Office of Personnel Management, you MUST be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. legal resident to be eligible for any position.
  • Must be between 18 and 30 years of age.
  • If you are a veteran, you may apply up to age 35.
  • Related educational background and interests preferred.

Internship Blog

Good bird banding guidelines

Our banding sessions for the MAPS program have been successfully completed; For this reason, I’d like to share some recommendations for safe bird banding in other parks. *Extractions Always identify the side of the net where each bird falls; it can be recognized because their

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A male Elk (Cervus elaphus manitobensis) is looking at the camera

Elk of the Smokies

Elk were probably the animal I got to see the most in the Great Smoky Mountains, the reason for this is no mystery. Elk were very common in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Due to excessive hunting sand deforestation, elk were eliminated from North Carolina and

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I am holding a bike while in front of the Cades Cove valley

Riding a bike in Cades Cove (Bear Heaven)

Imagine going through this valley on your bicycle, talk about exercising with a view This was a miraculous day, I had just arrived the day before from Orlando after spending three days with my girlfriend. I had spoken with Michaela Arndt, a park ranger from

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An American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is looking back towards me

Bears of the Smokies

Bears are such wonderful and interesting animals. Puerto Rico doesn’t have big mammals other than cows and farm animals. Seeing 25 black bears has been one of the best parts in working at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Black bears were without a doubt

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A cockroach is on wood

Life in the Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

It is on this trail, where I would discover salamanders, fungus, birds, plants, and lichens surviving in a high-elevation forest and remote habitat of the Great Smoky Mountains. It also turned out to be one of my favorite trails in the park. This is without

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