Fish & Feathers Intern

Cape Hatteras National Seashore/Fort Raleigh National Historical Site

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.


  • 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.

  • Biology
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Aquaculture
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Environmental Science
  • Recreation
  • Interpretation/Education

About this site:

Cape Hatteras NS hosts more than 3 million visitors per year, mostly in the summertime.  Summers can be hot and humid. Hurricanes and powerful Nor’easters are common. The intern will work as part of the Interpretation and Resource Management Team and host programs/activities in Ocracoke, Hatteras, and Bodie Island, as well as soundside at Fort Raleigh NHS. Work teams are cohesive and work well together. The intern will be supervised by the supervisory park ranger assigned to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but will interact with staff at Fort Raleigh and Wright Brothers NMEM.

The intern will become heavily involved in a shorebird monitoring program and its impacts on beach access. Additionally, the intern can assist with birding and fishing programs on the seashore, as well as on Roanoke Island at Fort Raleigh NHS. They will assist in improving overall understanding of natural and recreational aspects of the park, work with youth to become more involved, and increase access to birding and fishing. 

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