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Chalk Cliffs Hatchery Host


Description:
Chalk Cliffs Hatchery raises about 700,000, ten-inch rainbow trout each year! Fish are raised in concrete raceways and seven dirt ponds. Waters are stocked along the Front Range, from Loveland to the New Mexico border, and east almost to the Kansas border. More information can be found in the Chalk Cliffs Rearing Unit Brochure. Volunteer hosts live on site and have responsibilities to serve in the visitor center and greet visitors as they arrive at the hatchery, record the number of visitors, answer questions, and provide information about hatchery operations, including showing a video if the visitors would like to see it. Our visitor center is a garage shop bay with the overhead door open, so hosts are not actually 'inside' with visitors, and personal contact is not needed to fulfill the position. Additional responsibilities include grounds maintenance, such as mowing grass or watering lawn areas for a couple hours per day. While individual volunteer hosts are welcome, pairs are helpful so one person can be mowing while the other covers the visitor center. Chalk Cliffs Hatchery is located outside Nathrop in the central part of Colorado. The Hatchery sits at the foot of Mt. Princeton at 7950 feet in elevation. Amenities include: electric, water, and sewer.
Time Commitment:
Volunteer schedule is 5 days on, from 9am-4pm daily, and 5 days off. Preferred stay of 3 months.
Volunteer Benefits:
Beautiful location near the epic chalk cliffs. Opportunities to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisheries. Work in an environment with CPW staf

Ready to get involved?

Contact Chris Hertrich, chris.hertrich@state.co.us, (719) 395-2378 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Mt. Shavano Hatchery Host


Description:
Mt. Shavano Hatchery, one of the largest hatcheries in the state, produces approximately 550,000 catchable (10 inch) trout and 1-2 million sub-catchable fish (2-5 inches) per year. Species such as Rainbow Trout, Snake River Cutthroat Trout, Cutbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon are raised at the unit. Mt. Shavano Hatchery is located along the shore of the Arkansas River and lies between the Sawatch and Sangre De Cristo Mountain Ranges, approximately 2 miles from downtown Salida and within Chaffee County. At 7,000 feet in elevation, Salida is a small mountain town of 5,300 people and is known for arts and outdoor activities. Chaffee County is home to more mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation than any other county in Colorado. Volunteer hosts live on site and your primary responsibility is to give tours to visitors of Mt. Shavano Hatchery. Volunteers also show a short video and lead visitors on a tour of the facilities, serve in the visitor's center, and provide grounds and building maintenance. Applicants should enjoy meeting people and be physically fit and healthy.
Time Commitment:
3 days on, 10am-4pm, and 3 days off. Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Volunteer Benefits:
Camp pad able to accomidate any size motorhome or trailer. Hookup for water, sewer, and electricity. Laundry and shower available. Opportunities to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of

Ready to get involved?

Contact Bryan Johnson, bryan.johnson@state.co.us, (719) 539-6877 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Pitkin Hatchery Assistance


Description:
Volunteers at the Pitkin Hatchery assist with a variety of responsibilities and projects. You may assist with, but not limited to, the following projects: - Feeding fish by hand and by truck-mounted feed blower - Cleaning raceway screens - Cleaning fish excrement from tanks, nurseponds and raceways using brooms and gas-powered trash pumps - Removing dead fish and eggs from tanks - Set up / take down raceway dam boards and screens - Crowding and netting fish - Spawning cutthroat trout - Cleaning fish eggs - Assisting with fish health assessments - Mowing and trimming grass - Cutting woody vegetation - Sweeping, mopping and other general cleaning duties - Painting exterior of buildings using brushes, rollers and sprayers - Light carpentry and plumbing - Shoveling snow - Conducting interpretive tours to the public Requirements: - Volunteer must be able to lift 75 lbs. - Must be able to work in inclement weather at high elevation (9,200 ft) including snow, rain, sleet, wind, and subzero temperatures. - Must be willing to wade in water during all inclement weather. Waders and gloves will be provided. - Must exhibit safe practices and follow all safety Standard Operating Procedures. - Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (provided).
Time Commitment:
Most projects require a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.
Volunteer Benefits:
Get hands-on experience with fish. Support angling and conservation in Colorado. Work in an environment with staff who are passionate about wildlife.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Chip Lamar, chip.lamar@state.co.us, (970) 641-0265 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Pueblo Hatchery Host


Description:
The Pueblo State Fish Hatchery is the only cold and warm water facility in Colorado. We raise fry, fingerlings, and catchables of rainbow trout. We also raise crappie, bluegills, largemouth bass, brown trout, saugeye, wiper, and walleye. The hatchery was built by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, but Colorado Parks & Wildlife is responsible for its operation and maintenance. The hatchery grounds sit on 80 acres and consists of the main hatchery building, various maintenance shops, 16 one-acre ponds, 16 half-acre ponds and 32 concrete raceways. Volunteer host responsibilities include: leading tours, assisting with landscaping, doing maintenance, and feeding fish. Tours can be scheduled around hosts' availability. Site elevation is 4,800 ft. Pets are permitted at campsite in Lake Pueblo State Park, but no pets are allowed at the hatchery. Amenities: The hatchery doesn't currently have a site to camp with utility hookups. Your campsite would be located in the adjacent Lake Pueblo State Park, a premier destination for mountain biking, fishing, water sports, and wildlife viewing. Camp host sites with sewage connections are limited. Availability of one of these sites is being determined.
Time Commitment:
March 1 - September 30 (can be broken into two segments) Minimum stay: 2-3 months 20 hours per week per person
Volunteer Benefits:
Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisheries. Work with CPW staff members who are passionate about wildlife. Explore recreation opportunities in the Pueblo area.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Quentin Springer, quentin.springer@state.co.us, (719) 561-5355 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Rifle Falls Hatchery Host


Description:
Do you enjoy camping / RV'ing, working outdoors, interacting with people, and have good customer service and communication skills? Become a volunteer Hatchery Host at Rifle Falls Hatchery - the largest in the state! We are relatively secluded, about 30 minutes from Rifle, at the base of Little Box Canyon in Western Colorado. We have some of the most beautiful campsites and the best hatchery crew around! Please note that we are above 7,000 feet in elevation. If you have health concerns that elevation may affect, please don't apply. Responsibilities include: Visitor Center assistance, hatchery tours, lawn maintenance, and restroom monitoring and cleaning. Other projects as assigned. A previous volunteer shared her experiences with us: "This was the most beautiful campsite we have ever had. This canyon has so much to offer volunteers. The staff were a joy to work with and always willing to share information. The work is enjoyable and rewarding if you enjoy working with people. An added bonus was watching the golden eagles from fledglings through their early flights. Wildlife comes through the hatchery and even to your campsiteā€¦ My greatest regret is our own inability to travel, because we miss the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery family." Amenities Available: Full hookup (water, sewage, 50 amp electric), computer and internet access, and land line for phone use (phone not provided). Laundry available for use on-site. Medical facilities are available in Rifle.
Time Commitment:
20 hours/week per person, Memorial Day through Labor Day Minimum stay: 3 months (full season preferred) Schedule: Typically a rotation of 3 days on, from 10am - 4pm, and 3 days off. Weekends are required.
Volunteer Benefits:
Host at a beautiful hatchery in western Colorado with wonderful, hard working staff! Be a part of our team and interact with the public, teaching them about fish propagation, stocking, and fish health.

Ready to get involved?

Contact Justin Callison, justin.callison@state.co.us, (970) 625-1865 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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Roaring Judy Hatchery Host


Description:
We are seeking volunteers with great communication skills who enjoy interacting with the public. Our hosts live on-site and provide hatchery tours, assist visitors with questions about the hatchery property, and maintain hatchery grounds. Grounds maintenance includes, but is not limited to: mowing, weed whacking, landscaping, planting and watering flowers, picking up trash, maintaining trails and way finding signs, cleaning the visitor center, and some equipment maintenance. Hosts may also assist with fish culture work when the staff is shorthanded.
Time Commitment:
4 hours per day, 5 days per week (20 hours per week minimum) from late May/early June to early September. May be required to volunteer on weekends and holidays. Will have two consecutive days off per week.
Volunteer Benefits:
Amazing RV location that is quiet and secluded. Surrounded by opportunities in the Gunnison Valley to explore the outdoors. Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisherie

Ready to get involved?

Contact Seth Firestone, seth.firestone@state.co.us, (970) 641-0190 or apply online to become a volunteer.


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