Contact Information & Staff
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
345 Clay Young Road
Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: (512) 793-2474
Fax: (512) 793-6868
Email: FW2_FR_Inks @fws.gov
Monday through Friday – 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Federal Holidays – Open
For directions to the hatchery go to our Visitor Information page.
The Fisheries Program relies on the skill and dedication of a broad range of professionals to accomplish its mission: biologists, managers, administrators, clerks, animal caretakers, and maintenance workers. Employees must be trained, equipped, and supported in order to perform their jobs safely, often under demanding environmental conditions, and to keep current with the constantly expanding science of fish culture techniques and aquatic resource management and conservation.
R. Paul Dorman, Project Leader – Paul became the Project Leader at Inks Dam in December 2010 after serving as the Assistant Project Leader for the prior six years. Paul started his career with the service at Inks Dam NFH after working for three other state agencies which includes the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. During his 24 year career he has raised nine different cold-water salmonid species including rainbow, steelhead, West Slope cutthroat, Bear Lake cutthroat, golden, brown, and lake trouts along with chinook and kokanee salmon and nine warm-water species including walleye, sauger, hybrid saugeye, largemouth bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, American paddlefish, and Clear Creek Gambusia. He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Iowa State University, with a major field of study in fisheries and wildlife biology and a minor in Aquaculture.
Mark Yost, Assistant Project Leader – Mark began his position as Assistant Project Leader at Inks Dam NFH in April of 2011 after serving as a biological science technician and fish biologist at Willow Beach NFH and its satellite hatchery Achii Hanyo Native Fish Rearing Facility. Mark has raised rainbow trout, razorback sucker, bonytail chub, Devils Hole pupfish, an relic leopard frogs before coming to work at Inks Dam NFH and working with channel catfish, American paddlefish, and Clear Creek Gambusia. Prior to working for the service Mark spent a year working as a biologist for the USGS California Cooperative Research Unit doing macroinvertebrate distribution work in the Klamath River basin, for nearly three years as a hatchery technician at the Humboldt State University Hatchery raising rainbow, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trouts, and seasonally as a technician collecting fisheries data and doing habitat restoration with California Department of Fish and Game, the Institute for River Ecosystems, and the Arcata Waste Water Aquaculture Program. He obtained a B.S. degree in fisheries biology from Humboldt State University with an emphasis in both freshwater and marine fisheries ecology.
Environmental Education Specialist - Vacant
Julie Burks, Administrative Technician -
Gregory Landry, Fisheries Biologist – Greg began his fisheries career as a volunteer at Natchitoches NFH and eventually signed up as a cooperative education student there. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Fisheries Biology he finished a tour in the Peace Corps as a marine resource educator. When he came back he joined the Service as an Animal Caretaker at Natchitoches NFH before he came to Inks Dam NFH as a Fish Biologist. He has worked with hybrid striped bass, Florida strain largemouth bass, channel catfish, assorted sunfish species, pallid sturgeon, Gulf sturgeon, Clear Creek Gambusia, and American paddlefish. He has also worked with alligator snapping turtles and Louisiana pearl shell mussels.
Larry Guerro, Motor vehicle Operator - Larry began working at Inks Dam in 2009 and plays a key role in operating the Regional Distribution Unit (RDU) hauling fish throughout the Southwest in support of the Region 2 Fisheries program. He also operated heavy equipment to maintain ponds and levees, services and maintains equipment and vehicles, raises and harvests fish, and constructs and fabricates just about anything needed for facility operations. He started his career with the Service in 1999 as a temporary maintenance worker and was later hired full time as an equipment operator working at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, maintaining and controlling water flows and impoundments used for waterfowl habitat. He also worked closely with wildlife biologists monitoring waterfowl populations and the occurrence of avian diseases in the refuge populations. Before working for the Service Larry obtained certifications for heavy equipment operation and commercial truck driving, which he continues to put to use as the RDU operator.
Robert Vorous, Maintenance Worker - Our new Maintenance Worker, Robert Vorous, started work during the middle of July 2012. Robert finished, in May, an eight-year maintenance mechanic and heavy equipment operator career with the U.S. Army. During that time he served three active tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His family, including two sons, has moved to Marble Falls from Killeen, Texas to join our team. Robert will also assist in operating the Regional Distribution Unit (RDU) in hauling fish throughout the Southwest in support of the Region 2 Fisheries program.
Environmental Education Specialist - Vacant
Maintenance Worker - Vacant