Fish Health Center
Fisheries Resources
Pacific Region

Fish Health Program: Job and Volunteer Options

Full- or Part-time Positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or other Federal Agencies

These are always listed and filled through, but also visit our 'Work for Wildlife' page for news and information about federal employment and hiring programs. Here are some examples of federal positions in our Fish Health Program:

Examining health of salmon eggs (Credit: Susan Gutenberger/USFWS)


The FWS has internship programs that can be used by students interested in learning more about aquatic animal health. Learn about federal internships within the Pathways progam, or contact Jessica Clarkson, the Pacific Region's Pathways Program point of contact to learn more.

Veterinary Internships: The Region One Fish Health Program occasionally provides short term unpaid internships for veterinary students interested in hands-on experience in aquatic animal health.  For more information, please contact the Pacific Region Fish Health Program Manager.  

Ciana Ball, a Pathways intern at the Idaho Fish Health Center (Credit: Laura Sprague/USFWS)

Volunteering for the Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have more than 38,000 volunteers contributing in excess of 1.4 million hours. More than 100 volunteers in our Pacific Region Fisheries Program contribute over 20,000 hours per year. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They are passionate people who enjoy the outdoors, want to give back to their communities, and want to spread the word about our Pacific Northwest aquatic resources.

Click here for more information on volunteering for the Service.

Hagerman National Fish Hatchery volunteers Terry and Alice Esslinger (Credit: USFWS)

About Our Program

The veterinarians and biologists of the Pacific Region Fish Heath Program protect the health of salmon on FWS and many Tribal fish hatcheries, and also work to detect and mitigate disease problems in fish populations living in the wild. Historically the Pacific Region operated three Regional Fish Health Centers, but in 2017 the laboratory functions of these Centers were consolidated in Lacey, WA and Laboratory and on-hatchery field staff collectively renamed the “Pacific Region Fish Health Program”.  It is managed by Dr. Andrew E. Goodwin.

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Fish Health Photos

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Examine a Fish!

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