Fish & Feathers Intern

Congaree National Park


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:  Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC

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.


  • 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
  • Help engage anglers in citizen science and community science
  • Host at least two public CONG programs about fishing
  • Routinely visit to CONG fishing locations to collect water quality data, collect GPS data on fishing path
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, listening, and written communication skills
  • Intermittently scout various fishing access points and contact fishing partners within the broader CBR

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

Located in central South Carolina, Congaree National Park (CONG; “protects, studies, and interprets the resources, history, stories, and wilderness character of the nation’s largest remaining tract of southern old-growth bottomland forest and its associated ecosystems.” The vast majority of CONG’s 26,000+ acres are designated as Federal Wilderness. CONG is also recognized as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Significance, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and National Natural Landmark. CONG is regionally known as a hiking and paddling destination, and provides visitor access to sport fishing. The flat, forested landscape ranges 85-120’ above sea level. Summers are hot and muggy. Triple-digit heat indices and late-afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon. Potential environmental hazards that will be addressed during orientation include venomous snakes, heat, wind (tree limbs), biting/stinging insects, and poison ivy. The park will both require and provide additional safety training as well as appropriate PPE. CONG is located approximately 20 miles SE of Columbia, SC, and at least 20 minutes away from regular grocery stores and other amenities. Columbia offers urban entertainment, shopping, and dining. CONG is a convenient 2-3 hour drive from both Charleston, SC on the Atlantic coast or (in the other direction) the southern Appalachian mountains of upstate SC and western NC. This project will involve a net balance of ~50% fieldwork and 50% office work. Interns should be comfortable lifting 50 lbs and also day hiking with a backpack in the summer heat. Office work space will be hosted at the OGBFREC facility and the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, which are within a five minute walk of each other.

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.
      • Interest in learning new skills such as water safety, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking
      • Demonstrated personal, volunteer, internship or work experience related to resource management or environmental science
      • Experience related to customer service and the ability to professionally represent an organization

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
          • Ichthyology
          • Field Zoology
          • Stream Ecology
          • Riparian Systems
          • Social Science, Parks, Recreation, Tourism
          • GPS or GIS
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