Internships: Assistance with Fisheries Management Activities

All supplies and equipment are supplied by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All work-related travel expenses are paid by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All interns are paid overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards act and agency policy. Please note that housing is the responsibility of the intern.

Project Name: Assistance with Fisheries Management Activities

This internship will provide a broad introduction into the field of fisheries management. The intern will assist NC Wildlife Resources Commission fisheries biologists with conducting aquatic nongame organism conservation, sport fish management, and fish and mussel propagation. Activities will include surveying for fishes, mussels, and crayfish, assisting with stocking and other propagation activities, and entering and analyzing data. Interns will work under the direct supervision of NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologists.


The objective of the internship is to introduce students to the various fields of Fisheries Management. Specifically the intern will work with the Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Program, the Sport fish Management Program, and the Fisheries Production Program. The intern will assist with nongame fish, mussel, and crayfish surveying, sampling sport fish populations, stocking fish, assisting hatchery staff in the hatchery, data entry, data analysis, and other tasks. This will help fulfill various objectives of Goal 3 of the Agency Strategic Plan.

Project Location:

County: McDowell

Location: Marion Depot 645 Fish Hatchery RdMarion, NC 28752 McDowell County

Location Description: Field location such as a depot

Academic Majors:

Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife, Ecology, Aquaculture. Additionally, helpful coursework includes Ecology, Field Biology, Fisheries Management, Wildlife Management, Aquatic Ecology, Aquaculture

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to spend extended periods outside particularly wading and swimming in streams and rivers.
  • Ability to conduct moderately physically demanding labor.Basic knowledge of aquatic ecology.

    Tasks and Duties:

    Using various techniques to sample fish, mussel, and crayfish populations in streams and reservoirs. These techniques include electrofishing, seining, and snorkeling.
    Assisting with hatchery operations including stocking fish, counting organisms, and general maintenance.
    Conducting data entry and analysis using spreadsheets, databases, and GIS programs.

    Travel Required:

    It is anticipated that overnight stays will occur approximately once per week.

    Work Schedule:

    Weekdays (M-F);Occasional evening or nighttime hours

    Final Product:

    The intern will assist the Division of Inland Fisheries staff with various activities it routinely conducts. The outcome of this internship should result in higher productivity and more information on which to base management decisions.

    Knowledge Gained:

    The successful intern will gain two main types of knowledge from this experience. The first will be a realistic understanding of what being a fisheries biologist entails. This internship will provide a broad introduction into the field of fisheries management.

    The intern will also gain a technical understanding into the techniques and practices of field biology and fisheries management including species identification, proper use of gear, etc.

    How to Apply:

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