Fish & Feathers Intern

Blackstone River Valley 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.


  • 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:

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park comprises six noncontiguous sites in northern Rhode Island and central Massachusetts. Located between two major cities, Providence, RI (population approximately 190,000) and Worcester, MA (population approximately 205,000), the Blackstone Valley is home to a diverse and often underserved population.  

In the past, rangers, partners, interns, and volunteers have collaborated to host events highlighting the nature-based recreational opportunities in the Blackstone Valley. Staff have run guided bird walks, nature walks, talks on the environment, and programs such as Take Me Fishing Day. Building upon the success of these events, the park is seeking to connect in a deeper and more meaningful way these historically underserved populations with the river. We are also looking to share more resources, such as a recently completed Junior Ranger program designed specifically for birding in the Blackstone Valley. This resource is designed for novices and is ideal for introducing a new generation of people to birding. This internship would provide the support needed to continue these existing programs, and to extend our reach within additional communities throughout the Blackstone Valley. 

At this historical park, creating quality interpretive and recreational programs with and for people throughout the Blackstone Valley is a priority. Beyond the park, the intern’s projects would be supported by a tight network of partner organizations and a broad coalition of volunteers who serve as stewards of the Blackstone River. Local nonprofit groups, such as the Friends of the Blackstone and the Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, are keen to support and work with environmental interns. Across the valley, there is amazing work that could be done to cultivate another generation of stewards. 

The park is in a temperate climate. Summers can often be hot and humid with an average temperature around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The park had about 13,000 participants in public events held during 2021. Generally, the park receives a lot of passive use. Being in and around major metropolitan areas, different park locations are often used by dog walkers, runners, bicyclists, and picnickers. We hope to better engage these people in meaningful ways to foster stewardship in the local population. 

The work setting is safe, open, comfortable, and conducive to teamwork and communication. In addition to the standard safety and team training, the intern will be given a training and education stipend to be used in opportunities of their choice. The intern will be able to seek guidance and mentoring from anyone on the staff that they feel can assist with their professional goals. The intern will work closely with their supervisor to accomplish their professional goals as well as the project objectives. 

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