10 Dec Fish & Feathers Intern
Big Thicket National Preserve
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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.
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:
Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas, near the city Beaumont, Texas (Population 117,000) and 75 miles northeast of Houston, Texas (Population 2.2 million). Numerous smaller cities and towns, with diverse populations are located within the seven counties that the preserve starches into, incorporating and additional population of over 600,000 people.
The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.
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.
- Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
- Environmental Science