Become a FISH Volunteer

Have you been thinking about volunteering? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Volunteers are needed to support the organization's Mission Statement:

"To advocate retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and to promote watershed stewardship through education."

Opportunities FISH can offer you

• Lead educational hatchery tours to children and adults.

• Assist hatchery personnel with salmon spawning each Fall.

• Assist FISH Education Coordinator with in-class presentations.

• Represent FISH at local schools during their annual Science Fairs.

• Staff the FISH Gift Shop.

• Meet the public at a number of annual Outreach Activities and educate and
share the mission of the FISH organization.

These are a just few of the volunteer opportunities we can offer you!

Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form and you will be contacted to arrange a personal interview. Our FREE annual FISH Training Class is scheduled for August 22, 2015. If you miss the training, you can still volunteer!

FISH needs you!

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is the most-visited hatchery in the state and relies on a committed team of docents (educational volunteers) to provide tours to visitors who come to see magnificent salmon spawn in Issaquah Creek. FISH docents foster a sense of wonder about salmon for thousands of visitors who come to the hatchery every year.

FISH recruits and trains adult volunteers in the late summer. Volunteers are needed during the fall spawning season, from September to mid-November, and to help with educational programs at the hatchery and in schools throughout the year.

Training includes:

  • Hatchery tour
  • Presentation about the salmon lifecycle
  • Tips on how to interact with students, chaperones, and other visitors
  • Comprehensive training manual

Volunteer requirements/responsibilities:

  • Attend training session.
  • Provide pertinent and interesting information to hatchery visitors of varied ages and interests.
  • Encourage educational exchanges while on-site and be able to lead school children, if necessary.
  • Help with science fairs at schools.
  • Help with events at the hatchery during Salmon Days, the 1st weekend of October.
  • Help with FISH birthday events.
  • Help at other events where FISH will be represented
  • Apply personal skills and interests, as appropriate.
  • Stay current on watershed, salmon, and hatchery issues.
  • Be open to learning, teaching, and friendship.
  • Agree to and pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.
  • Commit to an average of 8 hours per month, typically in 2- or 4-hour shifts, from September through mid-November, either on weekdays and/or weekends.
  • Agree to FISH and hatchery policies and procedures.
  • Teen volunteers are required to have a responsible adult on-site at the hatchery at all times.


  • Reduced rates on Birthday Parties and rental of the Watershed Science Center
  • A personal feeling of achievement knowing you are educating children and adults about salmon and watershed health and creating future watershed stewards
  • Knowledge about salmon and sharing that knowledge with others
  • Opportunities to meet others with an interest in salmon and our watersheds
  • A volunteer appreciation salmon dinner at the end of the season
  • Thank you notes from children
  • Free comprehensive training, manual, and FISH guide shadowing
  • Knowledge that you are making a difference in your community!

To find out more about becoming a FISH docent, contact or 425-392-8025, or fill out a volunteer interest form.

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