Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) is the largest expanse of wilderness east of the Mississippi River boasting over 2,900 miles of cool and cold-water streams. There are nearly 60 species of fish found in GRSM representing 12 families from prehistoric lampreys to wild brook trout, to three federally protected fish species that were extirpated but have recently been reintroduced and are being monitored in Abrams Creek. You will serve as a fisheries intern in the Fisheries Management Branch being trained and assisting in small stream monitoring efforts of trout populations using backpack electrofishing gear throughout this 526,000 acre National Park. Major training and skills acquired through this position include the use, construction, and maintenance of backpack electrofishing gear, small stream sampling guidelines, population enumeration using depletion estimates, identification of 20-40 fish species, physical and chemical stream measurements, data entry and editing techniques, and backcountry sampling and camping techniques. Interns will work with a team of federal, state, and private biologists, as well as university researchers.
Applicants should demonstrate an interest in gaining experience in the natural resources field in order to improve their base of experience towards their career goal. Candidates with fisheries, aquatic ecology or zoology related course work are preferred but not required. Candidates must be able to regularly carry backpacks weighing 30-50 pounds for 3-6 miles over difficult terrain as part of this position.
Applicant should be self-motivated, highly organized, and able to follow detailed protocols. Preferred knowledge, coursework, and skills in fisheries, aquatic ecology or zoology. Must be able to hike in mountainous terrain in hot humid or inclement weather conditions, carrying a backpack and other field equipment. Experience with river waders a plus. Stinging insects, poison ivy, slippery footing, ticks, and venomous snakes are known field hazards. Intern will be a part of a team that operates safely and communicates effectively.
Follow the SECC link and complete the Fisheries internship application. INCLUDE: 3 references, resume and copy of your transcripts.