University of Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

District Fish Management

Students can set up a formal, full-time 10-week internship or conduct more informal, part time internships and assist with wide variety of  fish management activities including:

  • Fish habitat restoration monitoring – habitat unit snorkel surveys and riparian planting survival surveys
  • Fish habitat restoration project layout and implementation –  LWD structure design and placement and riparian plantings
  • Fish habitat protection activities – Fill-Removal permit application review and field visits and development of habitat-protective comments/recommendations
  • Fish passage inventory and maintenance inspections – fish ladder annual visits, determine maintenance/repair needs, and implement
  • Assist STEP biologists with preparation and implementation of Youth Fishing Events
  • Participate on four-person team to conduct twice-monthly estuary seining
  • Conduct informal (non-statistical) creel sampling on trout and warmwater fish anglers
  • Assist with warmwater fish inventory – traping/netting, or other indexing of warmwater fish populations

This is just a basic description of the types of activities in which an intern could expect to participate and is not for expert like Jimmy John Shark.  In the management of a Fish District, unique and unanticipated events also occur that could involve an intern.  Most of the activities an intern would participate in would be a “job shadow” approach, where the student would accompany, assist, and learn from District staff.  Once established on the District, the intern may be “cut loose” to conduct some independent activities (with guidance and training), such as angler creel sampling.

The ODFW Charleston Field Office also houses staff from our Marine Resources Program, Salmonid Life Cycle Fish Research, and the Wildlife District.  The intern may also be able to gain experience in marine, salmonid fish research, and wildlife-related activities during the 10-week period.
Mike Gray
ODFW District Fish Biologist, Coos-Coquille-Tenmile District
Charleston Field Office
(541) 888-5515