Fish & Feathers Intern

Homestead National Historical Park

Please apply HERE

Start Date: May 16, 2022 – August 5th, 2022 (Approximate)

Compensation: $500 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: February 20th, 2022

The Fish and 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.

Location:  Homestead National Historical Park, Beatrice, NE

Project Description and Work Products:

Fish and Feathers is a new 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 possibly 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 to increase engagement in fishing and birdwatching
  • Understand regulations regarding fishing and ethical birding and communicate this information to program participants
  • Lead and/or support the implementation of fishing and birding programs
  • Manage and maintain program equipment
  • Meet deadlines for Environment for the Americas program requirements

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

Homestead National Historical Park is located in southeast Nebraska approximately 4 miles from the town of Beatrice.  Beatrice has a population of 12,000.  The town has a wide diversity of stores including 3 grocery stores and a wide range of restaurants including fast-food.  Beatrice continues to grow its trail system that links sites in the city and links Beatrice north to Lincoln and South to Marysville, KS.  The park is not currently connected to the trail system.  Weather in southeast Nebraska in the summer is humid.  Average high temperature is 89 and average low temperature is 65 in July.  Usually, you can expect several days above 100 in July and August.  Much of the work will be completed outside.  To access the creek or pond you have to scramble up and down a fairly steep bank.

Abilities and Skills:

  • 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
  • Ability and enthusiasm for 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 water safety, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.

Education and Qualifications:

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
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