Job Opening: Volunteer Coordinator

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 07:11PM

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The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is looking for an energetic individual with a supportive outgoing personality as its next Volunteer Coordinator. The part time position begins on July 1, 2014 and applications are now being accepted through May 31st. Successful candidates will have experience as a volunteer or a volunteer coordinator, a demonstrated commitment to the environment, is at least 21 years of age, and has excellent oral and written communication skills.

CLICK HERE for the full job description. To apply: mail, fax or email a cover letter and resume to Jane Kuechle, Executive Director, FISH, 125 West Sunset Way. Issaquah, WA 98027. Fax to (425) 392-3180 or email to

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is a volunteer and membership based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Through educational programs in school classrooms and at the hatchery, FISH educates the community about the salmon lifecycle and inspires stewardship of the Puget Sound watershed. FISH is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB: Summer Naturalist for Summer Science Camp

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 07:47PM

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and promoting watershed stewardship through education. This will be FISH’s 13th year offering summer day camps that teach about salmon, habitat and watershed stewardship. All day camps take place at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. This year there are two weeks of camp for 6-8 year olds, one week for 9-11 year olds and two 3-day camps for preschoolers at the hatchery. Camp for 6-11 year olds is called “Salmon Science Camp” and the preschool camp is known as “Little Fry Camp”. In addition, we will be providing programming for YMCA and other groups.

The Summer Naturalist supports FISH’s summer education programs and Education Coordinator (EC). The intern will work with camp staff and volunteers to deliver high quality, hands-on day camps centered on salmon and the ecology and watersheds of the Northwest. Camps have a focus on science, but include arts, games and other elements. Camp takes place indoors and outdoors at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and surrounding area.

Click here for the full job description. Applications are currently being accepted. Applications close on May 15, 2014.

Fore more information please contact Celina Steiger, Education Coordinator at

Time to Sign Up for Summer Camp with FISH

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 08:59PM

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We’re all geared up for Summer Camp. It may be cold and rainy outside now, but summer fun is right around the corner. Summer camp with FISH has proved to be a very popular summer program with campers returning year after year. One parent said, “My kids loved camp! They came home each day with a story and very happy. We will be back next year!” Celina Steiger, our Education Coordinator is the Camp Director, and along with summer staff and young camp helpers, has designed a program that helps children discover the wonders of our amazing salmon and the waters they live in. Days are filled with active games, songs, stories and exploration of salmon habitat.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery's Little Fry campers will investigate "Where do salmon live? And who lives near the salmon?" Campers will also explore the salmon hatchery and Issaquah Creek, create an animal track to take home, become a salmon, act like a bug, and sing the songs of water. This camp will encourage the joy of discovery and cultivate a sense of wonder in the environment and in salmon. For ages 3 to 5, camp is June 30 through July 2, from 9:30 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon.

For youth ages 6 to 11 there is Salmon Science Camp where campers will have fun learning all about the salmon life cycle and watershed stewardship as they conduct a water quality and aquatic insect study of Issaquah Creek. Campers will perform experiments, go on a nature hike, make arts and crafts, play games, use microscopes, hear Native American legends and more! Our most popular camp, there are three sessions available for youth 6 to 9 years old: June 14-18 and July 21-25. The Salmon Science Camp for youth ages 9 to 11 is July 28-Aug 1.

To learn more about these camps and register online visit the camp page on this website.

Now Is The Time To Invest In The Future

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 09:48PM

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As I watched our salmon return to Issaquah Creek right on schedule this fall, I was once again inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of these amazing fish. And I was just as inspired by the spirit of volunteerism I see among all of those who are just as amazed as I am at the miracle of the salmon life cycle.

Do you fish? Watch for salmon in streams? Enjoy outdoor photography? Visit our hatchery frequently? Eat salmon? For those of us who live here, life is constantly enriched by the presence of these amazing creatures.

We have the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery because we as a community choose to preserve it. We have salmon in our streams and lakes because we choose to protect our watershed. We choose to help others understand the miracle of the salmon’s return and the role they can play in perpetuating their survival for future generations. This mission is driven by people like you who hold our salmon dear. I hope you will join me in this effort by supporting the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Why support FISH? Here are a few of the ways we take the lead in conserving this precious resource.
• Advocate for the hatchery facility as a community asset by lobbying for the removal of the upper intake dam and new water intake that allows our salmon to imprint on Issaquah Creek.
• Salmon lifecycle educational programs for youth including hatchery tours for nearly 10,000 school children, science fair salmon dissections, classroom presentations and Salmon In Schools for 150 classrooms in King County, a program that allows students to observe up close and personal the development of salmon from fertilized eggs to fry.
• A volunteer program that enables 85 people each year show their love of salmon by pitching in to help with spawning, egg picking, hatchery operations, and share their enthusiasm for salmon with the public.

Please show join me as a partner in this work by making a contribution today. Help us ensure that our hatchery and our salmon remain a proud legacy we can pass on to our kids and our grandchildren. Now is the time to invest in the future.

Best Fishes,
Jane Kuechle, Executive Director

Your donation can be made right here on this website via credit card by visiting our "Get Involved" page. You can also mail your contribution to FISH, 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Thank you for your support.

Aquarium Dedication & Annual Meeting Nov. 13

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:05AM
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The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to attend the dedication ceremony for its’ new aquarium exhibit, Wednesday, November 13th, at 6 PM at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah. The Aquarium Exhibit is located at the center of the main hatchery building on Sunset Way.

“When students first enter the aquarium room and take in the wonder of a salmon stream their faces are filled with a sense of wonder,” said David Waggoner who, along with Norbert Ziegler, were responsible for the vision and project management of the exhibit. Chinook salmon eggs that were spawned on September 24th have now hatched and are swimming in the aquarium tanks in the alvein stage of development.

FISH is indebted to the primary contractors on the project, for their help with the design and construction. The aquarium was built by Aquarium Concepts of Shoreline. The backdrop, which depicts Issaquah Creek, was done by noted mural artist Larry Kangas of Beaverton Oregon. The electrical work was performed by Illuminate Electrical of Issaquah. All Service Glass of Issaquah installed the new viewing window. And Jordan Valente Construction, LLC, of Issaquah helped prepared the space for installation.

Representatives from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club, The presenting sponsors of the exhibit, will join board president Ava Frisinger for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the exhibit. Other supporters include the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Trout Unlimited and 30 individual donors.

Following the dedication those attending are invited to the Watershed Science Center for refreshments and are welcome to stay for the FISH Annual Meeting. The program for the evening will include a showing of "State of Salmon" a video produced by the Washington State Governor's Salmon Recovery Office. Those in attendance will also get a sneak peek of the video being produced by FISH for showing in the Steve Bell Theatre. A representative from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide an update about the new upper intake in Issaquah Creek, now under construction a quarter mile above the hatchery.

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