Fish & Feathers Intern

Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado River District

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:

This position is located high in the mountains on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. This position is duty stationed out of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, located at 8700’ on the west slope of the continental divide, approximately two miles north of the village of Grand Lake, Colorado. Near the park are a few small rural communities, with Grand Lake and Granby being the nearest. Small markets, some shopping, and several restaurants can be found in Grand Lake. Supermarkets are in Granby (25 min.) and Fraser (40 min.). From Memorial Day weekend through mid-October, weather permitting, Trail Ridge Road is open through the park, to park headquarters and the town of Estes Park, Colorado (1 hr 30 min). The large urban city of Denver is approximately 2 hours away.

Rocky Mountain NP and its surroundings offer outstanding opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, climbing, and fishing. Average summer nighttime temperatures are in the 30s and 40s, and daytime highs average in the 70s with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Indeed, some summers can be quite cool and damp, with rain nearly every day. Snow can also occur on occasion during any month of the year.

Within the park are hundreds of miles of hiking trails through mountain meadows and valleys, along beautiful streams, and even above treeline in the alpine tundra. Wildlife includes moose, elk, deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, squirrels, river otters, beaver, chipmunks, porcupines, and a variety of birds.

Rocky Mountain National Park sees approximately 4.5 million visitors annually, with the majority of visitation between the months of June and September. The Colorado River District, however, is noted as the less crowded part of the park, seeing about 20% of the overall park visitation. On a typical day, staff in the Colorado River District interact with a few hundred visitors.

The interpretive staff team is made up of three permanent employees, six to seven temporary employees, 20-25 volunteers, and 2-3 interns. Additional staff working with maintenance and visitor and resources protection also make up the park community.

Interns in the Colorado River District of Rocky Mountain will have regular opportunities to guide visitors in learning how to fly fish as well as interpret the history of fishing in the area and how participants can be good stewards of the wildlife and waterways. Additionally, interns will lead bird walks and station birding pop-ups to help the public connect to the resources of the Rocky Mountains through the activity of birding. Interns will also provide trip planning, safety and stewardship messaging, and informal interpretation to visitors of all ages and from various backgrounds in the visitor center and on trails in the park.

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