Fish & Feathers Intern

Rocky Mountain National Park - Eastern Division

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:

Rocky Mountain National Park is an inclusive, supportive, and high-functioning park with a great team of people who will assist and support an intern in exploring and understanding the park’s work environment.

Located about 65 miles northwest of Denver, CO, Rocky Mountain National Park straddles the Continental Divide and has an elevation range of 8,000-14,000 feet above sea level. Weather can change from hot and sunny to rain, sleet, and snow within hours, even in the summer season. Part of the work will be performed outdoors in varying hot, cold, windy, rainy weather. The park is best known for its spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife, and varied ecosystems. The town of Estes Park is a 5-minute drive from the park and offers many modern amenities. Though not highly diverse, Estes Park does have a visible and valued Latino population (12%). Social opportunities in Boulder and Fort Collins are within an hour’s drive from Estes Park.

The intern will develop a variety of interpretive daily programs for both fishing and birding opportunities. 

The fishing program occurs at Alluvial Fan, Sprague lake and at Lake Estes, which is outside of the park. This provides opportunities to reach the public in diverse locations while representing the National Park Service. We provide around 30 fishing poles and all other materials needed to learn how to fish (poles, fishing kits, etc). The intern demonstrates basic fishing techniques and inspires participants to appreciate nature, fishing, and creating an emotional and intellectual connection to the natural world. This drop-in program lasts for one hour where the average time for participants can be from 10 minutes up to the entire hour.

The bird-walk program occurs in the morning at upper Beaver Meadows. This program occurs before timed entry begins each day, thus allowing opportunities for everyone. Binoculars and field guides are provided during the program. This program consists of one mile of walking and lasts approximately one hour.

The intern will have an opportunity to train seasonal rangers on these programs, providing leadership opportunities. After the internship ends, the program will continue to be provided to the public.

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