Fish & Feathers Intern

Grand Portage National Monument

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.


  • 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 


  • 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.


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 work with youth in the Grand Portage Community through partnerships with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority to provide interpretive and educational programming in the target areas. The intern will also provide programming to youth from other communities involved in our Agaaming Aki overnight camp (geared towards high school youth), which will take place for approximately three weeks. All programming is related to the program objectives. In addition, the intern will play a role in the development of Teen Youth employees, involving them in the programming and mentoring them to pursue future opportunities such as this. The intern will also work with the interpretive program to provide programming to promote the public’s understanding of natural, cultural, and recreational aspects of the national parks.

GRPO is a co-managed park unit located entirely within the boundaries of the Tribal Lands of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. A historic depot is open from Memorial Day to mid-October, during which time the park unit averages approximately 150-300 visitors per day. In addition, there are a breadth of youth programs and initiatives that are targeted educational opportunities for local and regional youth. The intern will work with the Interpretation and Resources Division and be part of a robust youth program that includes Grand Portage Conservation Crew, a Community Volunteer Ambassador, and a Teen Ranger program to carry out exciting projects with peers. Grand Portage weather in the summer averages between 60-75 degrees. The park is located along the shores of Lake Superior in Northeast Minnesota. 

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