Fish & Feathers Intern

Niobrara National Scenic 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:

Valentine, located in north-central Nebraska near the South Dakota border, has a population of 2,600. The town provides basic medical, dental, and community services (grocery stores, pharmacy, churches, etc.). For community information visit www.visitvalentine.org. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant with two US Fish and Wildlife Refuges, the National Scenic River, The Cowboy Trail (a multi-use trail), Merritt Reservoir, and Smith Falls State Park nearby. The nearest large city is North Platte, NE, about 2.5 hours south on Interstate 80, with a regional airport, greater shopping, and other services.

Niobrara NSR is a gorgeous, 76-mile stretch that is essentially free-flowing. It has outstanding geological features, world-class paleontology resources, unique wildlife resources, exceptional scenery, and is one of the best recreational rivers in the Great Plains. It is also a unique partnership—the NPS does not own any land. The land along the river is owned by other government agencies, private organizations, and private individuals. 

The work environment is fully supportive and wants to teach and allow interns to explore and learn about themselves while they assist in giving programs. 

Through fishing clinics we offer ways for the intern to engage recipients, partners, and communities, increase public awareness, and provide opportunities for everyone involved to experience the natural environment. The park is also working with Project Healing Waters and the intern would be involved in that partnership and programs presented. Niobrara National Scenic River has several opportunities for birding and bird programs to be presented to the public.

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