Fish & Feathers Intern

Gateway National Recreation Area

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:

Gateway’s 26,000 acres span Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island in New York and Sandy Hook, New Jersey, forming a network of parks around New York’s Outer Harbor. The environment is typical of what one would expect of the Northeast – in the summer, this means it is often warm and humid. Gateway is one of the busiest national parks in the country, typically reaching the top 10 most-visited national park sites. New York City is a vibrant and multicultural place to live and work and the intern will have the chance to introduce people from every background imaginable to the national park experience. 

Gateway National Recreation Area is the country’s first urban national park site, which is particularly known for the premier birding and fishing opportunities that it offers the residents of the largest and most densely populated metropolitan area in the country. Gateway preserves a mosaic of coastal ecosystems and natural areas interwoven with historic coastal defense and maritime sites around New York’s Outer Harbor. Beaches, marshes, waters, scenic views, and opens space offer resource-based recreational opportunities to a diverse public. From the pristine ocean shores of Sandy Hook to Jamaica Bay’s bustling piers and bayfront stretches, Gateway is an angler’s paradise, and has been a recent focus of interpretive efforts through partnerships with the National Park Foundation and Blue Star Families. The Fish and Feathers intern will be joining a team that loves fishing and loves teaching others how to fish. Gateway is also a world-renowned birding hotspot, with more than 330 species recorded at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Indeed, Gateway boasts the second-highest number of bird species reported of ANY national park site. Through dynamic partnerships with groups like NYC Audubon, Feminist Bird Club, NYC Plover Project, and Latino Outdoors, the intern will assist with efforts in making birding more accessible and open to all.  

To apply for this job email your details to sbonfield@environmentamericas.org

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