2009 Summer Internship Program
Henry’s Fork Foundation
The Henrys Fork Foundation
The Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) is a nonprofit, member-based organization founded in 1984
to conserve, restore and protect the unique fishery, wildlife and aesthetic qualities of the Henry's
Fork of the Snake River watershed located in eastern Idaho. The majority of the work that the
HFF does is encompassed within three major programs: 1) Research and Restoration; 2)
Stewardship; and 3) Education and Outreach.
The Internship: Requirements and Responsibilities
HFF seeks individuals with a desire to participate in field work related to fisheries, aquatic
ecology, and resource conservation. No prior education or work experience related to these fields
is required. The only requirements are a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a willingness
Interns will primarily be working as part of a field crew with other interns under the direction of
an experienced field crew leader, HFF’s Conservation Technician. Most of the work conducted
by the interns will be related to the Research & Restoration program, but with some
opportunities to participate in activities related to the other programs. Interns work for 10 to 12
weeks during the time period of May through August; there is some flexibility in the start and
end dates. Interns work four 10-hour days per week. A typical day would have interns leaving
from the office in the early morning to do field work and then returning in the late afternoon.
Interns should be able to work in all types of weather and should be capable of hiking, carrying
packs and equipment, and wading in rivers and streams.
The following is a list of projects the interns may be involved with:
Henrys Fork Restoration Assessment - Summer work will be focused on measuring and mapping
habitat conditions of the Henrys Fork of the Snake River within Harriman State Park and
adjacent areas. Assessment work will include channel dimensions, bank stability, substrate and
sediment, and aquatic vegetation to determine baseline conditions for fish, aquatic insects, and
Fish Surveys - Reconnaissance level work to assess headwater streams for restoration work
related to Yellowstone cutthroat trout, the native trout of the watershed. Some survey work may
involve using a backpack electrofishing unit to sample fish in streams to determine fish
distribution and densities, as well collecting genetic samples. Interns will also collect physical
data related to fish habitat.
Long-term Aquatic Monitoring - In order to acquire important baseline data on the river; the HFF
monitors water quality, macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects), juvenile trout, streambed cross
sections, and other variables. This information is being used to develop long-term spatial and
temporal trends at sites throughout the Henry’s Fork.
Other projects - Interns may assist with the radio tracking of fish, inventory of irrigation canals
and potential for fish loss, and monitoring of a stream restoration site, among other ongoing
research and restoration projects.
Other Tasks - From time to time, the interns may be called upon to perform tasks in the office,
such as planning fieldwork, entering data, mapping survey sites, or cataloguing materials in our
Opportunities are available for interns to research or undertake topics or projects of their own
interest. Many past interns have utilized their time with HFF to complete academic requirements
for an internship or independent study.
The Area and Housing
The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is one of the most famous trout rivers in the world. The
watershed is about 1.3 million acres in size and contains over 1,000 miles of river and streams.
The watershed drains one of the most historically and ecologically rich landscapes in the
American West, from the Continental Divide to Yellowstone National Park to the Teton
Mountain Range, to the great high desert of eastern Idaho. The tributaries, wetlands, lakes,
plains, meadows, deserts, and forests that make up the watershed constitute an irreplaceable and
precious natural landscape that contains a tremendous diversity of habitat types, wildlife, and
plants. Numerous recreational opportunities are available, including fishing, mountain biking,
climbing, hiking, boating, and camping.
The HFF is located in Ashton, Idaho, a small farming community in the heart of the watershed.
Free housing is provided in Ashton for the length of the internship. Mattresses and bed frames
are provided, but a sleeping bag or bed linens are necessary. Interns are responsible for their own
meals; there is a grocery store in Ashton and the nearby city of Rexburg. Ashton is a city of
about 1,200 people with few major city conveniences. Idaho Falls is the nearest large city,
approximately 55 miles away. A personnel vehicle is not required for interns. However, there is
no public transportation available in the immediate area and a vehicle does allow more
accessibility to the surrounding area and recreational opportunities during off time.
See www.henrysfork.org for more information about the Henry’s Fork Foundation. Additional
information will be sent to those students selected for the internship program. Please call or
email if you have any questions.
Anne Marie Emery Miller