Fisheries Program
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Fisheries Friends

Fisheries Friends Groups are coalitions of volunteers who have come together to formally support Fisheries Program facilities, staff, and resource mission.  The groups help run festivals, spawn fish, maintain trails, and other tasks important to the facilities and the resource. Five such organized groups are currently associated with four National Fish Hatcheries and one Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in the Northeast. These formal organizations are supported legislatively by the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act, 2006.

A National Fisheries Friends Partnership creates a network for the individual Friends Groups to share resources, expertise, and experience in engaging the community, recruiting and providing volunteers with important and meaningful experiences to benefit the Fisheries Program.  They also have a great deal more leverage and impact on the Fisheries Program, related legislation and funding.

The Regional Fisheries Friends Coordinator:

Janice Rowan
USFWS - Northeast Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
Phone: 413-253-8661
Fax: 413-253-8488

Friends Groups are open to new members and potential volunteers are encouraged to contact these groups to see how they can contribute.  Visit the National Fisheries Friends Partnership website for more information on:

The Great Lakes Experience (NY)
Friends of Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery (ME)
Friends of Green Lake National Fish Hatchery (ME)

Or visit the following Friends websites:


Learn more about internships with the Northeast Region Fisheries Program here: Internships Page


Interested in finding a job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

The government has a website that’s designed to help you find job openings, write a resume, and apply for the type of position you’d like in the place that suits you wel:

If you are still a student, from high school to graduate level, and you are looking for work experience, there are a number of options open to you. The Student Educational Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) are two examples of employment programs that offer part-time or seasonal work to students. You can learn more about these and related programs at


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) accepts the services of volunteers under certain circumstances. Volunteer positions are generally arranged directly between the intern and staff at one of our field stations.  It’s a good way to get some experience and test out a career.

Intern working in the fish lab. Credit: USFWS
Intern working in the fish lab. Credit: USFWS

Lake trout sampling at White River National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS
Lake trout sampling at White River National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS

Fisheries biologist holding a lake sturgeon. Credit: USFWS
Fisheries biologist holding a lake sturgeon. Credit: USFWS

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Last updated: January 20, 2012
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