Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National fish hatcheries provide many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love. 
National fish hatcheries partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of both urban and rural communities to make a lasting difference. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved! 
Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance fish and aquatic conservation. 
Friends: Join neighbors in helping hatcheries work effectively in our communities. 

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. 


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. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov!

Our Partners

Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than working individually. Erwin NFH partners with many organizations and facilities including Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Tennessee Aquarium for routine fish production efforts and recovery of several imperiled species.

Additional partnerships include grounds restoration projects completed with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and habitat enhancement with the Boy Scouts of America. 

Education Programs

Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a National Wildlife Refuge, Fish Hatchery or other Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.