Do you want to spend your summer out in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, while learning about fish and the health of their environment? Join the fisheries management team to assess populations of trout and other non-game fish populations at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Analyzing long-term changes in headwater species migration and changes in water quality; assisting with monitoring surveys of threatened and endangered fish populations using snorkeling techniques, as well as with translocation for genetic augmentation of these populations; and collecting and analyzing water samples to assess stream impairment are a few of the tasks the intern will take on! He/she will learn to use Microsoft Access databases to enter a variety of fisheries management data incorporating data validation and verification techniques. The intern will work with volunteer groups and state and federal agency partners on fisheries projects, and there will also be opportunities to speak with youth and adult groups during education programs on current fisheries-related research in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Applicants should have at least 6 semester hours of biology, zoology, fisheries or wildlife related coursework; and should be physically fit, willing and able to carry 40 pounds for 4-5 miles over strenuous terrain. Some field activities require staying overnight at remote backcountry campsites for 2-4 nights.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.