• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance
Genoa National Fish Hatchery is located along the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin. Established in 1932, it is one of 72 federal hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, Genoa provides millions of eggs, fry and fingerlings of many different species to state fishery stations, federal hatcheries, National Wildlife Refuges, Department of Army installations and seven Native American Tribes to support ongoing fish management and restoration programs. Twenty ponds ranging in size from one-tenth of one acre to 33 acres, six raceways, and seven intensive rearing buildings make it capable of collection, culturing, and rearing cold, cool, and warm water fish species. Genoa raises, holds, and rears more species of fish (15) and freshwater mussels (15) than almost any other federal fish hatchery! The hatchery also help recover and restore many threatened and endangered species of fish and freshwater mussels.
USFWS’ Genoa National Fish Hatchery is advertising for resident RV volunteers (single or couple) willing to spend their summer living and working in this beautiful part of the world! The successful volunteer will become a part of our Hatchery family and will help with a variety of tasks, depending on the volunteer’s interests and talents. Duties could include:
General grounds keeping including mowing
Light building maintenance
Visitor information contact
Nature store host (in partnership with Friends of the Upper Mississippi)
Fish culture activities such as feeding, cleaning, picking mortalities, and harvesting and inventorying fish
Special event assistance such as setting up and taking down tents and tables
We are a small and mighty team of Hatchery workers that do a lot with only a few people. We look forward to having your help and look forward to working with you. We welcome creativity, new ideas and projects, so let us know where you think your talents could help further our mission!
Volunteers will receive training about the Hatchery, its operations, and how to safely complete the duties of the positions.
We are seeking applicants that possess: strong communication skills, a flexible and positive nature, general computing skills, enthusiasm for serving the public, strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and a love of the natural world. Having teaching skills and/or experience with interpretation and visitor services is always a plus. Volunteers must be able to absorb a great deal of information during seasonal training and quickly use that information to conduct their jobs. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
The volunteer(s) will start around June 1st (date is flexible). We’re looking for volunteers who can possibly stay through the middle of October, so approximately 4.5 months. A 24-hour work week is required (32-hour week preferred). Work days and season length are negotiable. Preference will be given to applicants that can commit to the entire volunteer period, 6/1/19—10/13/19.
Compensation and Amenities:
We provide one full RV hookup (gravel pad, electrical, water, sewer) along with the use of a government vehicle for use when on official duty. Washer/dryer available in separate building.
The city of La Crosse is an easy 21 miles to the north and has all of the major amenities.
How to Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to e-mail a cover-letter and resume to Raena_Parsons@fws.gov. Please include your dates of availability and 3 references with phone numbers. You may also apply online, through this website, but preference will be given to applicants who apply directly. If you have questions, call us: 608-689-2605. Thank you for your interest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: One gravel pad with electricity, water, and sewer hookups.