Volunteer Programs

Volunteer contribute over 14,000 hours of service to the hatchery annually. Local and traveling volunteers give their time and talents to better the facilities’ visitor program, beautify the grounds, and to increase the museum’s catalogued archived collection.

At D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery, we are able to keep the grounds open 365 days a year and the buildings open seasonally due to the dedication and support from the volunteer program.


Traveling Volunteer

While we welcome volunteers for any length of time, volunteers are welcome to stay for the length of the season, which runs from April to October.  Volunteers generally work a 3-days-on, 3 days-off schedule, with 5-6 hour shifts.  In exchange for a premium RV site, each volunteer generally ends up donating 20-24 hours a week.  Volunt... Read More

Local Volunteers

Off-season, museum, and maintenance and grounds keeping volunteers complete projects and work in the office. For more information, contact Booth Society Executive Director April Gregory at (605) 642-7730, ext. 221 or april@dcboothfishhatchery.org. Click here to download a local volunteer application.     Read More

Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program

The Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program is open to students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Hatchery Helpers is a nationally-recognized, award-winning program that allows students to learn about nature and conservation through experiences in volunteerism. Hatchery Helpers is a fun, free experience in a great learning environment. Youth vol... Read More

Video: Introducing DC Booth Fish Hatchery