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Some of the best people you’ll ever meet are volunteers! All our sites appreciate what volunteers can bring to us: enthusiasm, a fresh perspective, and a willingness to serve. There are many ways to volunteer and no age limits (except for special activities like driving).

  • Volunteer at one of our sites

    Spawning salmon

    Volunteer opportunities include:

    Helping with fish related activities such as spawning.
    Leading tours and providing accurate information to visitors.
    Being an on-site host. RV pad and other benefits are available.
    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 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, or Kids in the Creek.
    Performing clerical and administrative duties.
    Sorting and organizing historical files and photos.
    Maintaining the nature trail.
    Assisting with removal of invasive plant species.
    Doing minor routine equipment maintenance.
    Creating a unique public piece of art.  

    Have an idea of what you’d like to do? Interested in gaining experience? Have a look at what other volunteers have done for us. Then give us a call!

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  • Current Needs

    Elk We are always happy to find service projects for visiting groups!

    Contact Julia Pinnix, (509) 548-2915:
    julia_pinnix@fws.gov

  • Friends of Northwest Hatcheries

    Friends at Salmon FestA little help from our Friends goes a long way! Friends help organize and run events like the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. They buy equipment for programs like Kids in the Creek. They provide volunteers to lead snowshoe tours. They cooperate with other groups on projects like Arbor Day tree planting. They apply for grants to support educational programs. Find out more about what Friends can do...

    Friends of Northwest Hatcheries website...
  • Volunteering for the Service

    Volunteers can serve all over the country. If you have a good experience at one site but want to try a new place, there are lots of opportunities.

    USFWS Volunteers website...
  • Thank You, Hatchery Hosts!

    Rod&Pam Ron and Ellie Motter at Winthrop NFH, Sandy and Jeff Fletcher at Entiat NFH, and Kyle and Avis Shaw at Leavenworth NFH were our 2017 team of Hatchery Hosts. They offered tours, helped with educational programs and events, took care of fish, improved hatchery sites, and made visitors welcome. Thank you for your wonderful public service!

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  • Thank You, Kyle and Avis!

    Duffy&MartyKyle and Avis Shaw were outstanding volunteer hatchery hosts in 2017! They greeted and oriented visitors, offered short tours, and helped with some big projects, like remodeling the front office and visitor center. Their phenomenal efforts have made a permanent, positive difference for visitors to Leavenworth NFH.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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