Fish & Feathers Intern

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Start Date: May 15, 2023

End Date: August 4, 2023

**All Fish & Feathers interns must attend the mandatory pre-internship workshop from May 15 – 19, 2023**

Compensation:  $600/week + housing 

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Fish & 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.

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

Fish and Feathers is a 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 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.

Duties:

  • Reach out to local communities through outreach and educational activities to increase engagement in fishing and birdwatching
  • Create new materials (i.e., social media, educational games/activities, signage, etc.) to provide visitors with information about fish and birds at the NPS site
  • Understand regulations regarding fishing and ethical birding and communicate this information to participants
  • Establish or build upon fishing and birding programs at the NPS site
  • Manage and maintain program equipment
  • Meet deadlines for Environment for the Americas program requirements 

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Interest in 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:

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

About this site:

The Fish and Feathers intern will coordinate and implement the Peskadot (fisherperson, hunter) summer programs during their term. The Peskadot programs will promote fishing as a sustainable recreational activity to our island community. The intern will utilize volunteers and community partners to demonstrate our indigenous fishing practices and knowledge of fishing seasons to youth and their families. Our previous Fish and Feathers intern helped us to establish a fishing equipment lending locker and we can offer these youth programs our support by helping them teach youth how to fish as well as to use our equipment so they can participate in the annual derbies. Our park will be involved in many Natural Resource programs in the upcoming year and our Fish and Feathers intern will work with them on all of those activities such as removing invasive plant species, monitoring coral reefs, and the removal of the invasive brown tree snakes and other invertebrates. The removal of terrestrial invasive invertebrates is a step towards our park sites becoming a refuge for the release of native bird species that have been wiped out by the brown tree snake. The intern will have the  opportunity to work with many of our community, government, non-profit, and federal partners, such as the University of Guam, U.S.D.A. APHIS Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Gov. Guam Dept. of Agriculture, and NOAA.  

Our island climate is mostly sunny during the summer months with temperatures reaching up to 95 degrees with 90 to 100% humidity. We have terrestrial and underwater projects (snorkeling only) and mostly outdoor summer youth programs. The intern will have an office workspace at our T. Stell Newman Visitor Center and will primarily work with the Interpretation Division, but will work with the Cultural and Natural Resources division with support from the Maintenance Division. All of our park programs intersect so that all divisions work together for the programs to be successful.  

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