Ways to Get Involved

Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. There are many ways to get involved!

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance fish and aquatic conservation.

Friends: Learn more about our own non-profit Friends of Northwest Hatcheries and how they are helping hatcheries.

Local Groups: Find out how communities can work with hatcheries to conserve our shared natural resources.

Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.

Hatcheries provide a wonderful setting for daily to longer-term volunteer opportunities. To volunteer, contact cheri_anderson@fws.gov, or call Cheri at (509) 493-1730.


Daily Opportunities:

Hatcheries provide local individuals the opportunity to volunteer by assisting hatchery staff with annual events, fish production, and light maintenance activities. All volunteers compliment our hatchery programs and offer valuable support. To volunteer, contact cheri_anderson@fws.gov, or call Cheri at (509) 493-1730.

Hatchery Hosts:

The Complex has an active Hatchery Host program, with three hatcheries offering opportunities: Carson, Eagle Creek, and Little White Salmon. Hosts spend 3-4 months on station providing grounds-keeping assistance, staffing visitor contact stations, meeting and greeting visitors. Carson has two RV pads for Hosts, and the other two hatcheries have one site each. These provide electrical, water, sewer, and telephone hook-ups, with laundry on site. Hosts only have to volunteer 20 hours/week to the hatchery. Please contact cheri_anderson@fws.gov or call Cheri at (509) 493-1730 for further information about our program.

Education Programs

The hatchery is active in the Complex's Outreach and Education program. The Education Office offers a very popular Salmon in the Classroom program to schools in the Columbia River Gorge and beyond. Classrooms are equipped with a tank, chiller, and display materials. Students visit a hatchery to see the spawning process and learn why hatcheries are important. Eggs are delivered to the classroom and students make daily observations to see egg/fish development. Staff from our Information and Education Office visit the classrooms throughout the unit and provide lessons on salmon anatomy, watershed health and adaptations. In addition, outreach staff offer a variety of outdoor learning opportunities in the spring and summer that include: field days, archery, stream surveys, summer camps, and special events. Call the Information and Education Office at 509-493-2934 for more information. 

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, fish hatchery or other Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.