Fish & Feathers Intern

Lewis and Clark 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.

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:

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is about 10 miles from downtown Astoria and encompasses several thousand wooded acres in Oregon and Washington. The intern would work primarily from the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center site near Astoria and at the junction of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. The park receives 250,000 visitors or more per year. While Astoria receives almost 70 inches of rain per year, June, July, and August are relatively dry and average in the high 60s and low 70s-80s in temperature. There are nearby beaches, hiking trails, and access to Portland, which is two hours away. Seattle is three hours away.

The park has a robust summer recreation program for visitors, including trail hikes, kayak trips, interpretive programs, traditional Indigenous games and restoration work with our Natural and Cultural Resources team. The park provides an ecologically rich setting with a river running through and forests and wetlands ideal for bird habitat. The intern will help to build upon the foundation work done during the school year with birding trips with students, as well as summer camp fishing days. The intern will implement the Junior Ranger Fishing program at the park. In addition, an intern who can speak Spanish as well as English would help with outreach to the local Spanish-speaking community. Approximately 1 in 5 local elementary school students belong to Spanish-speaking families. 

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