Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

Volunteering at National Fish Hatcheries

Slide show of volunteers hard at work - Photos: USFWS
Slide show of volunteers hard at work.

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.-

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 18 must have parental approval.

Organized group participation is welcomed and encouraged.

We have onsite Hatchery Hosts every summer. Please contact us at any time if you are interested in this opportunity.

Volunteers Can Help With Many Tasks

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Helping with fish related activities such as spawning
  • Leading tours and providing accurate information to visitors
  • Improving habitat such as re-establishing native plants along a riverbank
  • Helping with special projects such as snowshoe tours or kids fishing days
  • Helping with special events such as National Fishing Day, the Salmon Festival or Kids in the Creek
  • Performing clerical and administrative duties
  • Sorting and organizing historical files and photos
  • Maintaining the nature trail
  • Assist with removal of invasive plant species
  • Minor routine equipment maintenance

Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. Any on-the-job training is provided if needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities.

For more details about volunteering for the National Fish and Wildlife Service, see the FWS Volunteer Home Page.

Contact Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Information and Education Department to become a volunteer. 509-548-7641

Friends of Northwest Hatcheries

Slide show of volunteers hard at work - Photos: USFWS
Slide show of volunteers hard at work.

The Friends of Northwest Hatcheries (Friends) is a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to supporting, providing and enhancing natural resource outdoor education and interpretation. Their mission supports the USFWS national initiative, “Connecting Families and Nature”, throughout the Pacific Northwest. Administratively based at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Friends includes local chapters at hatcheries located in Leavenworth, Entiat, Winthrop, Carson, Spring Creek, Hagerman, Dworshak, and Kooskia.

You may find more information or become a member of Friends of Northwest Hatcheries by visiting




Chinook Salmon - Photo: USFWS
Chinook Salmon

Coho Salmon - Photo: NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Coho Salmon
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Steelhead Trout- Photo: USFWS
Steelhead Trout
Rainbow Trout - Photo: USFWS
Rainbow Trout
Pacific Lamprey - Photo: USFWS
Pacific Lamprey
Bull Trout - Photo: USFWS
Bull Trout
Aquatic Invasive Species Zebra Mussels - Photo: USGS
Aquatic Invasive
Species (AIS)
Zebra Mussels

Last updated: February 17, 2015
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