Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities: parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Please call or email this field station to learn about future volunteer opportunities.
Brood Fish Collection Efforts: Join the staff of the Columbia FWCO as they collect wild pallid sturgeon from the Missouri River for stocking purposes. Mid to late April.
Columbia WOW School: Come assist the Columbia FWCO with teaching families about outdoor activities. Do you have an outdoor skill you would be willing to teach to others? The Columbia WOW School is the perfect event for teaching others. This event occurs annually in May.
Missouri River 340: Help the Columbia FWCO staff aid paddlers in this 340 mile river journey. Man a check-in station at the race halfway point. July.
River Clean-ups: Get down and dirty on the Big Muddy. Help Missouri River Relief with trash collection events on the Missouri River. Missouri River Relief (MRR) is a grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, scientific exploration and educational events. Various times and locations.
Big Muddy Speaker Series: Missouri River Relief and Friends of the Big Muddy host a special speaker series the second Tuesday of each month at Les Bourgeios Winery Bistro in Rocheport, MO. These events host a variety of talks associated to the Missouri River.
Friends Group Information
Volunteers have been an important part of many of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries facilities throughout the country for some time. In the past several years, volunteers began forming "friends" organizations throughout the country in support of National Fish Hatcheries, Fish Health and Technology Centers, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. In 2006, Congress formalized these Fisheries Friends and other volunteer efforts in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program by passing the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act.
Currently, Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office does not have a friends group.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In turn, the Fisheries Program routinely collaborates with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources.