FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Dworshak Hatchery volunteer program now recruiting

   Dworshak National Fish Hatchery, located just outside of Ahsahka, needs volunteers. If you have free time in Tuesdays, particularly during the spring steelhead spawning season, the hatchery invites you to join their ranks.

   Currently needed are up to three hatchery hosts and two production assistants. Hosts staff the visitor balcony during the spawning process and answer visitors’ questions. Hosts also give guided tours to visitors and school groups.

   Production assistants work with staff biologists in handling adult fish during spawning.

   Spawning season begins Tuesday, Feb. 23 and continues through the end of April. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12 noon. Most volunteer work is conducted indoors, though some may be outdoors, in all kinds of weather.

   Other volunteer opportunities exist for working with staff biologists in a variety of situations, assisting in office tasks, grounds keeping, and more.

   Volunteers are provided with orientation, training, and all job-related information, which may include in-depth training on public contact, record keeping, or fish spawning. All hatchery volunteers receive uniforms (hat, vest, jacket, and shirt) and may borrow outerwear (rain coats, hats, pants and boots) for work performed outdoors. Any necessary equipment will be provided.

   All volunteers also receive safety and other training, workman’s compensation coverage and scheduled staff breaks. The volunteer schedule can accommodate volunteers’ personal schedules, although the greatest need for host and production assistant volunteers is on Tuesdays.

   If you are interested in volunteering, contact Megan Wandag at 208-476-4591 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.