Fish & Feathers Intern

Rocky Mountain National Park (East)

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, Estes, 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:

Located about 65 miles northwest of Denver, CO, Rocky Mountain National Park straddles the Continental Divide and has an elevation range of 8,000-14,000 feet above sea level. Weather can change from hot and sunny to rain, sleet, and snow within hours, even in the summer season. Part of the work will be performed outdoors in varying hot, cold, windy, rainy weather. The park is best known for its spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife, and varied ecosystems. The town of Estes Park is a 5-minute drive from the park and offers many modern amenities. Though not highly diverse, Estes Park does have a visible and valued Latino population (12%). Social opportunities in Boulder and Fort Collins are within an hour’s drive from Estes 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.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

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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