• Campground Host • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Volunteer Campground Host:
Description/Volunteer Duties: Duties include visitor assistance, daily list of occupied sites, monitor the campgrounds water system, occasional light cleaning of the comfort station, vault toilets and litter pickup in the campground, light maintenance work. Help to direct traffic at the boat ramp during busy times. May help with mowing and trimming grass in the recreation area.
Special Skills: Must be good with the public. (Listed 11/12/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The volunteer hosts will stay on a full hookup site which includes a partially shaded paved site with 50 amp electric service, access to a phone. The site has a great view of Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe, and easy access to shore fishing, or the boat ramp if you have your own boat.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
Photo Courtesy of FWS
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is one of the largest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hatcheries in the nation. We raise a wide variety of fish species including: Walleye, Northern Pike, Trout, Chinook Salmon, Paddlefish, Muskie, Burbot, endangered Pallid Sturgeon and Shovelnose sturgeon. The hatchery is located directly below Lake Sakakawea on the banks of the Missouri River. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, plenty of opportunities exist: fishing, boating, birding, hiking, camping, hunting...it is all right here!
All in all we have a very interesting program here and are in need of assistance. We rely on our volunteers to conduct informative tours of the hatchery. Our tour groups range from a few visitors to bus loads of school kids anxious to see the hatchery. In addition we like to involve our volunteers wherever possible with the fish hatchery programs - spawning fish, caring for trout, managing aquariums, mowing lawns, maintaining hiking trails - anything you feel comfortable doing. We try to accommodate the volunteers wishes as much as possible. If you decide to stay with us you will be asked to be available to give tours as scheduled. Group reservations are typically set up in advance so you know when they will be arriving. You can set up your own schedule with the other volunteers to allow you the freedom to enjoy your stay here.
There are two camping pads at the hatchery complete with water, sewer, electric hookups and Wi-Fi. A washer and dryer are located in a trailer house next to the pads for your use. The towns of Riverdale and Pick City are only a couple miles away. We are an hour's drive from Minot and Bismarck.
Early Spring marks the beginning of the cycle of life for many of our native fishes. Northern Pike, a dominant predator species, are the earliest of the many North Dakota fishes to spawn. As the ice begins to recede from the lake’s edge and snowmelt causes increased flows into the river systems, the pike arouse from their period of Winter dormancy and migrate into the flooded shallows to spawn. Frame nets set by fishery biologists capture the adult fish and they are stripped of eggs and milt at the site. The eggs are brought to the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery where they are incubated in special hatching jars. The newly hatched fry emerge from the eggs in about two weeks. It will be another week before the fry are able to swim or feed. The ‘swim-up’ fry spend the last month of their stay at the hatchery in ponds which have an abundance of zooplankton, the food necessary to provide for the rapid growth of the fish. At the month’s end, the northern pike fry, now called fingerlings, are a couple inches long and ready for stocking into area lakes. If the fingerlings are left in the ponds any longer, the zooplankton will no longer satisfy their hunger, and the fish will begin to eat each other!
If you have a taste for the prehistoric, stop by the hatchery in June. The pallid sturgeon, a North Dakota native and an endangered species, are approaching their spawning time. These fish are undoubtably the strangest looking of the North Dakota fish. The fish has a ‘sucker’ type mouth, beady eyes, whiskers (or barbels), and a body covered with ‘scutes’, a scale like structure that gives them the appearance of having a coat of armor. The fish are a long lived fish, probably more than 50 years, reach lengths of six feet and nearly 100 pounds. Both the paddlefish and the sturgeon have changed little since the Carboniferous to early Triassic times. During the reign of the dinosaurs 200 million years ago, their ancestors were the dominant freshwater fish. Jurassic Park is alive and well at the fish hatchery!
If you’re in the area, northern pike spawning begins in mid-April, followed by walleye and sauger. Sturgeon are spawned in late June. Coldwater species, trout and salmon, are at the station year-around, however if you visit the station in October, you will be able to witness the annual migration of chinook salmon up the hatchery's effluent stream and watch as eggs are collected from these awesome fish.
A visitor center at the hatchery complete with five 400 gallon aquariums will give you the pleasure of viewing the fishes of North Dakota in their environment. A wetlands hiking trail provides an abundance of opportunities for the photographer or naturalist. Waterfowl, fish and a variety of birds and mammals can be viewed in their natural surroundings year-around. An observation blind provides the perfect opportunity for watching the waterfowl migration. The visitor center is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day from 8:00 - 3:30. The hatchery is open year-around. Admission is free. Group tours are available year-around with prior reservations and we are handicapped accessible.
The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is located in mid-central North Dakota, an hour’s drive north of Bismark on Highway 83. Contact: Toni Ganje, Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery (701) 654-7451.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Two RV pads complete with sewer, electric and water hookups. Free Laundry Facilities in adjacent mobile home and free WiFi
We are looking to fill a volunteer Campground Host position. This host position is for Downstream Campground, which is a Class A campground and is located in a cottonwood forest along the beautiful Missouri River. Downstream Campground has 101 modern campsites and 17 primitive campsites. We rely on our Hosts to help us with visitor assistance, to maintain rules, and to put on fun programs for our campers to enjoy. (Updated 08/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Hosts are provided a site with full hook-ups.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.