Fish & Feathers Intern

Biscayne National Park

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: Biscayne National Park – Homestead, FL

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:

Within sight of downtown Miami, Biscayne National Park protects a rare combination of subtropical islands, mangrove shoreline, biodiverse coral reefs, and 10,000 years of human history. The park is ninety-five percent water, and encompasses the northernmost Florida Keys, so most of the park is only accessible by boat. Home to a vast array of species, visitors to Biscayne might encounter sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and the West Indian manatee. Learn more on our Facebook, Instagram and webpage.

Homestead is approximately one hour from the Miami Metropolitan area, which has a major airport, advanced medical care, and recreational and shopping areas. The area has a subtropical climate, which is characterized by hot, humid summers with frequent rain, and mild winters. Hurricanes and other types of severe weather are common June through November. There is no public transport to or from 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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