Fish & feathers intern

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Please apply HERE

Start Date: May 16, 2022 – August 5th, 2022 (Approximate)

Compensation: $500 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: February 20th, 2022

The Fish and Feathers Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville, Ohio

Project Description and Work Products:

Fish and Feathers is a new program funded by the National Park Service (NPS) and administered by Environment for the Americas.  Our goal is to provide our national park partners with talented interns who are eager to learn and to engage with local communities.  The intern will focus on supporting, implementing, and possibly leading community outreach programs that focus on fishing and birding activities.  The overall goal is to increase diverse community engagement with NPS partners during the program and in years to come.


  • Reach out to local communities to increase engagement in fishing and birdwatching
  • Understand regulations regarding fishing and ethical birding and communicate this information to program participants
  • Lead and/or support the implementation of fishing and birding programs
  • Manage and maintain program equipment
  • Meet deadlines for Environment for the Americas program requirements

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

This position is in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a suburban setting in northeast Ohio, between the cities of Akron and Cleveland, Ohio.  The 33,000-acre park is predominately natural forest and meadows with scattered areas of agriculture.  A range of excellent outdoor recreation opportunities abound.  The climate of the valley is temperate, with average summer temperatures in the mid-70’s and average winter temperatures in the mid-20’s, though extremes may ranger from 100 degrees to single digits.  Expect manageable humidity and precipitation.

The summer months are some of the most program heavy times of the year in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  During the summer months, interns will spend a significant portion of their days outside, working alongside staff and volunteers during programs and projects that will require physical exertion, in conditions ranging from heat to rain.  Daily meetings assess expected weather conditions and safety protocols exist to minimize dangerous situations.  Poison ivy is not uncommon and ticks are abundant throughout the park.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability to hike long distances and conduct field operations as part of a team and/or independently in an outdoor setting
  • Experience giving presentations and ability to learn new skills and transfer the knowledge to participants
  • Ability and enthusiasm for learning fishing regulations and bird identification for program development and implementation
  • Ability to learn methods employed in fish and wildlife management.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, listening, and written communication skills
  • Interest in learning new skills such as rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.

Education and Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have a background and/or coursework in the following areas or a strong interest in the outdoors with experience fishing and/or birdwatching.

  • Biology
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Aquaculture
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Environmental Science
  • Recreation
  • Interpretation/Education
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