Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region


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Volunteering and Internships

Bears Bluff NFH volunteer nets a large cobia out of a temporary holding tank. Credit: USFWS Image.

Bears Bluff NFH volunteer nets a large cobia out of a temporary holding tank. Credit: USFWS Image.

The Bears Bluff 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 (136 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?

Past volunteers and interns have worked on a wide variety of projects including fish population surveys, oyster reef restoration, and fish husbandry.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • assisting with animal husbandry,
  • leading tours and providing information to school groups and other visitors,
  • improving habitat such as re-establishing oyster reefs and native plants,
  • helping with special projects,
  • performing clerical and administrative duties,
  • working with computers and other technical equipment, and
  • photographing a variety of natural and cultural resources


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.

For further information regarding internships or volunteer work at Bears Bluff NFH, please contact via email to . Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer page for more information on volunteer opportunities.


Last updated: March 9, 2016