Fish & Feathers Intern

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

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:

The park administers 73 miles of the Upper Delaware River with a small land base of approximately 30 acres. The temperatures average in the mid-90s and the days are hot and humid. Isolated storms can take place throughout the river valley. Most of the work takes place outside with uneven surfaces at river accesses and on the river. The Upper Delaware River is a white-water river with up to Class II rapids. Visitation is approximately 260,000 coming from the metropolitan area of New York City but also includes local recreationists. The internship will be in the Division of Interpretation, which has three permanent employees, six seasonals, and volunteers. 

The Fish and Feathers intern will be involved in developing and presenting educational outreach programs on migratory bird species, birds of prey, and songbirds to local youth during the summer season. The programs will become a permanent part of the programming for the park and will become standalone programs utilized by staff in future programming. 

In addition, the intern will develop and present birdwatching programs both on the river with canoe programs and on guided hikes. These programs will bring a greater awareness of the rich river ecological resource the river is that sustains a diverse and rich bird population. Once developed, these programs will be used as a model for programs throughout the years and seasons.

The goal of the internship is to develop a closer relationship and connection between program participants and our country’s national parks.

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