Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region

 

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Volunteering and Internships

The Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery is always seeking qualified volunteers and interns to help with daily operations and projects. 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.

Anyone may apply to volunteer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by completing a Volunteer Services Agreement (426 KB)Adobe PDF Icon. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old; however, for some tasks, 12 – 15 year olds can be permitted to volunteer if accompanied by a trained parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental approval. Organized group participation is welcomed and encouraged.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has a working relationship with the Student Conservation Association, which is a nationwide force of high school and college-age volunteers who are committed to protecting and preserving the environment.

 

What Do Our Volunteers and Interns Do?

Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. Any on-the-job training is provided if needed. A few positions may require certain physical abilities or areas of technical expertise; these will be mentioned in the position descriptions. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities.

The primary duties of volunteers may include a variety of activities. All duties will be assigned by Hatchery Manager or Assistant Hatchery Manager with orientation and supervision until volunteer is comfortable with assigned tasks.


Hatchery Volunteer

Specific duties may include but not limited to:

  • Assist with public use area, general tours of the facilities, including the indoor exhibit area and outside public use areas
  • Ensure facilities are clean by following a periodic cleaning schedule. Duties include sweeping, dusting, mopping, etc.
  • Assist with special outreach events, including environmental education programs, bus tours, events, and workshops

Fish Culture Volunteer

Specific duties may include but not limited to:

  • Assist in daily care of eggs and fry. Duties include sample counts, chemical treatments, tank cleaning and flow monitoring
  • Help in care of sac fry, removal of egg debris and overall hatching process
  • Assist in daily care of fry – feeding, flow monitoring, tank cleaning, treatments and transport to outside raceways
  • Provide support in daily care of fingerlings, including feeding, growth monitoring, and tank cleaning, sample counting/inventories, fish health monitoring, grading/size selection, loading of transport vehicles and the release of stockable size fish
  • Assist in maintenance activities, such as the following: grounds maintenance, vehicle maintenance, pressure washing of tanks and equipment maintenance
  • Assist staff with hatchery threatened and endangered species program – Help with daily care of three threatened and endangered aquatic species through feeding, daily tank cleaning, tank maintenance, etc.

 

For further information regarding internships or volunteer work at Warm Springs, please contact Carlos Echevarria at 706-655-3382 ext. 1224 or carlos_echevarria@fws.gov. Detailed position descriptions and the application process for internships are provided by the Student Conservation Association. Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer page for more information on volunteer opportunities.

 

Friends of the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery

Other volunteer opportunities are available through the Friends of the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery (Friends of WSNFH) organization. Founded in April 2004, the Friends of WSNFH is a nonprofit organization interested in supporting cooperative education and outreach programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Warm Springs, GA.

 

 

 

SCA intern collecting fish. Credit: USFWS Image

Intern collecting fish using a backpack shocker. Credit: USFWS Image.

 

 

SCA intern counting striped bass fry. Credit: USFWS Image

SCA intern counting striped bass fry. Credit: USFWS Image.

 

 

Volunteer and SCA intern teaching children about aquatic animal conservation. Credit: USFWS Image

Volunteer and SCA intern teaching children about aquatic animal conservation. Credit: USFWS Image.

 

 

SCA intern preparing a striped bass for tagging. Credit: USFWS Image

SCA intern preparing a striped bass for tagging. Credit: USFWS Image.

 

 

Last updated: July 8, 2011

 

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