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.

Summer 2019/ May 26 – Aug 17; 12 week position (some flexibility in start and end date)

Many of the fisheries management tasks at GRSM require a team of 6-8 individuals in order to complete the field tasks. Field crews consist of the permanent crew leader and 3-5 seasonal NPS fish technicians, however additional staff are needed to meet sampling demands. The SECC Fisheries Intern(s) assist NPS staff in completing assigned field tasks and data management needs throughout the field season. Fisheries interns receive the same training as seasonal fishery technicians and are tasked with similar assignments throughout the field season. The interns will benefit the national park and its local community by providing the data necessary to make management decisions, educating children and adults from neighboring communities and the general public, and helping to restore native fish species back to their native range for the benefit of present and future generations.

Interns are paid an living stipend of $150 per week (direct deposited biweekly) before taxes, via direct deposit. Dorm housing within the park is also provided to interns. Upon successful completion of their term, interns will receive a Segal AmeriCorps education award for tuition at Title IV accredited learning institutions, AmeriCorps approved non-traditional continued education or paying off student loans.

About Southeast Conservation Corps

SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.
The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels.