02 Dec Fish & Feathers Intern
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
- Environmental Science
About this site:
Weather is in the 70-90 degree range during the summer months and visitation is around 1.6 million per year. The work team for Interpretation includes Education (where the intern will be working), Interpretation, Partnerships, Volunteer Program, Cultural Resources, and Public Affairs.
The key goals are to motivate youth participants to become involved in natural resource protection and education in their communities and beyond, and to assist in the creation, promotion, facilitation, and/or improvement of the public’s understanding of natural, cultural, and recreational aspects of national parks. Products and services developed during the program will be shared through a variety of strategies to increase public awareness, knowledge, and support for fishing and birding.