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ODFW Fish Student Internship Program

The ODFW fisheries intern program provides valuable training experiences to college students entering the field of fisheries management, while assisting with a variety of district field activities. Interns assist district fisheries biologists and research program staff performing daily management activities such as population surveys, habitat work, and responding to public inquiries. Interns may also participate in fisheries research program and conservation strategy implementation; occasionally conducting independent duties. Interns gain a wide variety of experiences representing the workload of an ODFW Fish District.

Most internships occur during the summer quarter, which in Oregon is mid-June to midSeptember. However, depending on need and the student’s availability, internships can start as early as May. Internships are 400 hours (10 weeks or 2.3 months) in duration.The position is classified as a Student Professional/Technical Worker. In some cases, housing is provided.

The Fish District offices generally start recruiting in February with a deadline for applications usually toward the end of March or April; a cover letter and resume is required for application. Based on intern feedback from last year, the experience has been overwhelmingly positive; likewise ODFW staff have expressed great satisfaction with the program and assistance they have received from the interns.

The ODFW contact for the fisheries internship program is Michele Weaver, ESA Program Specialist, 503.947.6254,

Examples of Internship Duties

Depending on the location of internship, typical job duties will vary. Below are some examples of duties taken from previous internship descriptions.

  • Charleston office - ODFW recently established the Coquille Valley Wildlife Area, and the Fish District is in the process of conducting pre- and post-restoration monitoring as an evaluation of a tidal wetland restoration projects on the property.
    • Estuary seining;
    • Pre-restoration fish/habitat monitoring on Winter Lake (Coquille Valley);
    • Juvenile steelhead surveys (snorkel and/or backpack e-fish);
    • fish distribution sampling;
    • Invasive smallmouth bass surveys and/or removal;
    • Youth/ family fishing events;
    • Data entry;
    • Some opportunity to participate in activities/duties carried out by Marine Resources Program staff at Charleston Field Office (e.g. shellfish surveys, commercial catch sampling at fish processing plants, recreational crab/clam creel sampling).
  • Klamath Falls/Lakeview office - assist with research on the movement behavior and habitat use of redband rainbow trout in Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River.
    • Capture and tag adult and juvenile redband trout ( PIT tags);
    • Juvenile fish surveys (snorkel, siene and/or backpack e-fish);
    • Adult fish surveys in lake and stream coldwater refuges (visual census from paddleboard or boat and/or snorkel survey);
    • Hook-and-line capture of adult rainbow trout for biological sampling (DNA, stomach contents, scales, isotopes, bioimpedence measurements);
    • Adult fish surveys in Williamson, Wood, and Sprague Rivers (visual census, boat electrofishing, snorkel survey);
    • Angler (Creel) Surveys.
  • Hines office –work with professional biologists representing state, federal and tribal agencies on sampling and survey projects throughout southeast Oregon.
    • Reconnaissance of streams and preparation for August and September bull trout spawning surveys on the Upper Malheur River and North Fork Malheur River;
    • Operation and maintenance of Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag arrays on the Donner und Blitzen River and Willow Creek in the Trout Creek Mountains;
    • Assisting during electrofishing of streams throughout the Malheur Watershed;
    • Assisting fish biologist in evaluation of sport fisheries throughout the Watershed (Harney and Malheur counties);
    • Aiding in boat electrofishing on the Lower Owyhee River to sample brown trout;
    • Gear preparation and maintenance.

# District Office Location District Biologist Housing Available Position Description Status
1 Deschutes Prineville Brett Hodgson No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Deschutes District Closed
2 Klamath Klamath Falls Ben Ramirez No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Klamath_Lakeview Closed
3 John Day John Day vacant No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description John Day District Closed
4 Southwest Hines Dave Banks Yes   Closed
5 Wallowa Enterprise Jeff Yanke No 2019 ODFW Intern PD Enterprise and LaGrande Closed
6 La Grande La Grande Tim Bailey Yes 2019 ODFW Intern PD Enterprise and LaGrande Closed
7 North Coast Tillamook Robert Bradley No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description North Coast District Closed
8 Mid-Coast Newport John Spangler for rent 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Mid-Coast District Closed
9 Coos-Coquille Charleston Mike Gray for rent 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Coos-Coquille Closed
10 North Willamette Clackamas Ben Walczak No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description NWWD-Cascade Unit District Closed
12 Mid-Willamette Corvallis Elise Kelley No 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Mid Willamette District Closed
13 Upper Willamette Springfield Jeff Ziller No   Closed
14 Umpqua Roseburg/Diamond L. Greg Huchko Yes 2019 - ODFW Internship Position Description Umpqua District Closed



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