Fish & Feathers Intern

Cuyahoga Valley National 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:

Although it is just a short distance from urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife and provides multiple routes of discovery for park visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands.

CVNP is unique in that the park itself is part of a rural/suburban environment but located within a reasonable (less than 40 minutes) driving distance from Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. This allows for a great park experience while still having access to world class medical care, museums, shopping, live music, and more. Within the park there are numerous cultural, recreational, and educational experiences enjoyed by more than 2.5 million visitors annually.

Seasonal park staff and interns live in a community of park housing that are within walking distance from each other. These like-minded individuals create a close-knit community. CVNP has many trails for hiking, mountain biking, casual biking, running, horseback riding, and more.

A Fish & Feathers intern will be part of a team of park seasonal employees working out of the park’s volunteer office. CVNP’s fishing program is unique in that we provide couple service as part of the experience.

Weather in northeastern Ohio during the summer months can be quite warm with many days of humidity. CVNP uses Operational Leadership to make judgment calls around weather and safety for the health and wellness of our staff, partner, volunteers, and visitors.

Last year, the Fish & Feathers intern hosted several fishing clinics with great turnouts. These programs were designed to teach introductory/fundamentals-based fishing skills. Through safe and hands-on coaching, our staff was able to introduce youth to what is becoming a lost art.  Interactions and reception by the youth and parents was extremely positive. The intern in 2023 will continue these programs and build on them to engage a wider variety of audiences. Additionally, the intern will create bird-focused materials to present to the public to increase awareness of local wildlife. 

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