Fisheries Management Intern

Expected Dates
March 29, 2021 to August 29, 2021
Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
April through mid June work will involve 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 age and  spawning history.  Lab processed fish scales will be cleaned and mounted on slides for reading.  An acoustic tagging study with adult Blueback Herring will also be conducted April through July.  Study fish will be captured and tagged at river mouth, receivers will be recovered in July for data.  Interns will rotate with staff among competing activities with other staff, partners, and volunteers.  Some trap and transfer of fishes, using 900 gal. tank truck, for restoration or for cooperating researchers will occur throughout June.  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 (UMASS Juvenile River Herring Recruitment).  

From mid-June to the end of August, interns will
work with collaborators at the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center in Sunderland, MA.  Tasks will include a combination of the following: collecting water quality samples for eDNA within streams in the Northeast, conducting aquatic habitat surveys in the Connecticut River using side-scan sonar, field surveys of freshwater mussels, culturing freshwater mussels at the facility, laboratory analysis of algal density in water samples, manual labor around the facility.

Good eye-hand coordination (netting), attention to detail (data records, lab processing), ability to work on boats, ability to snorkel, working in hot weather, and a drivers license are required.

Note: This internship is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*
  • A few miles north of UMASS Amherst MA, rural setting with college town atmopshere activities. Hiking, fishing, biking, camping opportunities.
  • Fisheries field and laboratory techniques. Electrofishing (boat). Stream surveys. Habitat assessment. Otolith/scale extraction and reading. Water quality collection and analysis. Data management and software.
  • 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).
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
competent without supervision