Fish & Feathers Intern

Niobrara National Scenic River

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: Niobrara National Scenic River, Valentine, NE

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

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

Valentine, located in north central Nebraska near the South Dakota border, and has a population of 2,600. The town provides basic medical, dental, and community services (grocery stores, pharmacy, churches, etc.).  For community information visit  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 larger city is North Platte, NE about 2.5 hours south located on Interstate 80 with a regional airport, greater shopping and other services. Grand Island is three hours south, also on Interstate 80, with similar amenities.

Working conditions include independent operation of solo canoe or kayak on Class I-III rated river, lifting and carrying of up to 50 pounds for short distances, standing or sitting for long periods of time, walking over rough terrain and uneven surfaces. Work occurs both indoors and outside with exposure to environmental hazards (river hazards, sun, heat, cold, biting insects, etc.). May operate both 2 and 4-wheel drive government vehicles over paved and unimproved roads. Driving may include towing and backing of trailers.

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 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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