Fish & Feathers Intern

Rocky Mountain National Park (West)

Please apply HERE

Start Date: May 16, 2022 – August 5th, 2022 (Approximate)

Compensation: $500 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: February 20th, 2022

The Fish and 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.

Location:  Rocky Mountain National. Park, Grand Lake, CO

Project Description and Work Products:

Fish and Feathers is a new 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 possibly 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 to increase engagement in fishing and birdwatching
  • Understand regulations regarding fishing and ethical birding and communicate this information to program participants
  • Lead and/or support the implementation of fishing and birding programs
  • Manage and maintain program equipment
  • Meet deadlines for Environment for the Americas program requirements

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

Rocky Mountain National Park and its surroundings offer outstanding opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, climbing, and fishing. Average summer nighttime temperatures are in the 30s and 40s, daytime highs average 70s with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Indeed, some summers it can be quite cool and damp, with rain nearly every day. Snow can occur also occur on occasion during any month of the year. 

Within the park are hundreds of miles of hiking trails through mountain meadows and valleys, along beautiful streams and even above tree line in the alpine tundra. Wildlife includes moose, elk, deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, squirrels, river otter, beaver, chipmunks, birds, and porcupines. The visitor center and housing area are located within a lodgepole pine forest. A recent mountain pine beetle outbreak has killed most of the mature pines. Also, the East Troublesome fire burned a major part of the Kawuneeche Valley in October of 2020 and has left miles burned landscape in the west district of the park.

Abilities and Skills:

  • 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
  • Ability and enthusiasm for 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 water safety, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.

Education and Qualifications:

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
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