Fish & Feathers Intern

Everglades National 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.

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:

Everglades National Park protects 1.5 million acres of popular birding areas and world-class fisheries. The intern will be responsible for researching and developing programs to engage local youth in responsible and recreational fishing and birding. They will expand on programs established by our 2022 Fish & Feathers intern, scheduling and hosting fishing clinics with youth-serving organizations in Miami-Dade, Collier, and Monroe Counties in partnership with local entities. In support of these goals, the intern will spearhead the growth of partnerships with organizations such as the Children’s Trust, Tropical Audubon Society, Touching Miami with Love, and Zoo Miami. These organizations are embedded in the community and already provide opportunities to lower socio-economic pockets of South Florida. Everglades Education has had a long-standing relationship with them and works closely with key members of the organizations as well as the families they serve. This new focus will provide a fresh way of engaging and involving our community with the park and issues that involve our fragile resources. The intern will collaborate to involve the community in coastal cleanups, citizen science projects, invasive species fishing derbies, and tabling events including at pet amnesty days, boating supply stores, and local pet shops.

Everglades National Park consists of 1.5 million acres of subtropical coastal, wetland, and upland ecosystems at the southernmost tip of mainland Florida. The park receives over 1 million visitors annually who come to hike, watch wildlife, and participate in a world-class recreational fishery. 

Work will be both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor work is conducted in a hot and humid environment. Mosquitoes and other biting insects are common, especially in summer. The park is also home to venomous snakes and other potentially dangerous wildlife like alligators and crocodiles. Indoor work will be conducted in an air-conditioned shared office. The intern will work with the education team, which, during the summer months, consists of 4 permanent employees and 1 to 2 interns. 

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