Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Get Involved


Volunteering can be a wonderful experience. It may be a chance to work with species of fish that are rarely seen or are unique and special. It is also a great opportunity to gain experience if you are considering an education in fisheries or conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides volunteer opportunities at National Fish Hatcheries, Biological Stations, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Become a FRIEND

Friends groups are nonprofit citizens organizations dedicated to conserving fishery resources and providing support for activities conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices. Friends group projects and programs benefit fish and other aquatic resources.

At right, Friends Group members from the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri join forces with Shoal Creek Preservation to restore an old limestone Arch located on the grounds of the hatchery (view the poster - pdf, 241 Kb). It is the oldest operating federal fish hatchery in the U.S.

Employment Opportunities

Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of skills, professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to the goal of conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The Fisheries & Aquatic resources program consists of almost 800 employees nationwide, located in 65 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices, 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 9 Fish Health Centers, 7 Fish Technology Centers and a Historic National Fish Hatchery. These employees and facilities provide a network that is unique in its broad on-the-ground geographic coverage, its array of technical and managerial capabilities, and its ability to work across political boundaries and embrace a national perspective. The Program supports the only Federal hatchery system, with extensive experience culturing more than 100 different aquatic species. Join us.

For more information regarding volunteer and friends group opportunities please contact:
Tim Smigielski
Conservation Education and Partnerships
Office: (231) 584-3540