The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives simply would not be the treasure it is without the time and efforts of our many volunteers. Our volunteers 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 increase the museum’s catalogued archived collection. At D.C. Booth, 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 programs.
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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. Volunteers work in the gift shop, give tours in the historic Booth house, staff the museum, and give tours in the restored replica fisheries railcar. When the number of volunteers allows, visiting volunteers also have the opportunity to share their skills on projects on the site. Volunteers can apply for seasonal positions at volunteer.gov
Off-season, museum, and maintenance and grounds keeping volunteers complete projects and work in the office. For more information, contact Booth Society Executive Director, Karen Holzer at (605) 642-7730, ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download this volunteer application to get started.
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 volunteers will complete light maintenance projects like trail maintenance, watering flowers, and chasing cobwebs. In addition, a fun program of wildlife conservation and outdoor education will be taught, including nature journaling, electrofishing, bird banding, fly fishing, fish anatomy and archery lessons!
We regret the Hatchery Helpers program will not be available at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives during 2022 due to lack of FWS staff to oversee and supervise the program. We will be implementing educational workshops throughout the summer. Watch for more details on the Website and on our Face Book page. Thank you!