Fisheries Management Intern

Expected Dates
August 26, 2019 to March 27, 2020
Site
Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
PO-00728554
April through mid June work will involve equal parts of boat electrofishing for river herring assessments in river (e.g., gear prep, netting of fish, fish processing in field - length etc., data recording) and laboratory work with sub-sampled river herring (e.g., fish dissection for ear bones and scales) for structure to age and determine spawning history.  Lab processed fish scales will be cleaned and mounted on slides for reading.  Some trap and transfer, using 900 gal. tank truck, for restoration or for cooperating researchers will occur throughout May - June, that interns typically operate independently.  Some limited effort on fish health tissue sampling (shad herring) will occur as well as assistance with researchers we are cooperating with for their studies.  Other fieldwork will include Sea Lamprey nest counts in late June.  July and August work will include completing scale cleaning and mounting and the start of scale reading for spawning marks with more limited time spend in any field related work.  First three months will be primarily field and lab work, with final two month more inside preparing field samples (scales) reading scales and dealing with data and data summaries from spring field work. Good eye hand coordination (netting), attention to detail (data records, lab processing) and physical ability to work on boats    
Note: This internship is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

 
  • A few miles north of UMASS Amherst MA, rural setting with college town atmopshere activities. Hiking, fishing, biking, camping opportunities.
  • Electrofishing (boat). Otolith/scale extraction, and reading. Processing of fish for data, data entry. Surveys of lamprey nests. Capture and restoration transfer of river herring. & shad Fish care - oxygen etc with transport. Data software training.
  • All outdoor activities can be enjoyed nearby. There are fields, woods, river and streams, music venues, night life, 5 college area (Amherst and Northampton MA).
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Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience