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Volunteer Opportunities

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Working for Wildlife, Working for You! PDF Document

You might be surprised at the variety of work that goes on behind the scenes at the NH Fish and Game Department.

Get involved as a volunteer for Fish and Game's programs and events! Want to learn more about our volunteers? Read about them.

 

Opportunities include becoming a volunteer instructor for Let's Go Fishing, OHRV safety programs, or Hunter Education; a Wonders of Wildlife Docent or Fish & Wildlife Steward; or a Watershed Education Program liaison in schools to assist with water quality, macroinvertebrate, and fisheries programs.

 

Help out at one of Fish and Game's education centers, pitch in to assist the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, or help monitor wildlife.

 

Select tab for area of interest.

 

Wildlife

What: Winter Turkey Flock Monitoring
Where: Statewide
When: January 1 - March 31
Description: Citizens are asked to report sightings of turkey flocks seen by filling out a simple electronic survey form posted on the Fish and Game website. Please do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.
Contact: Ted Walski at (603) 352-9669
Visit: www.wildnh.com/surveys/turkey.html

 

What: NH Turkey Brood Survey
Where: Statewide
When: May 15 - August 31
Description: Citizens are asked to report sightings of turkey flocks seen by filling out a simple electronic survey form posted on the Fish and Game website. Please do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.
Contact: Ted Walski at (603) 352-9669
Visit: www.wildnh.com/surveys/turkeybrood.html

 

What: Piping Plover Monitoring
Where: Hampton and Seabrook NH beaches
When: May through July (time commitment is flexible)
Description: Help monitor state endangered and federally threatened piping plover shorebirds as they nest and raise their young along the NH seacoast. Volunteers record observations, talk with beach goers, and help maintain fencing and signage. Volunteers must be comfortable working independently and outdoors.
Contact: Brendan Clifford at Brendan.clifford@wildlife.nh.gov or call the piping plover monitor at (603) 419-9728 (Note: phone only active May through July).

 

What: Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP)
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Report sightings of reptiles and amphibians to assist biologists in determining species abundance and distribution. Reports include species name, date, location, and a photo for verification. Reports of both rare and common species are important. Verified reports of rare species locations are mapped and stored in a database used for land protection and conservation purposes.
Contact: the NH Fish and Game Wildlife Division at (603) 271-5859 or email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.wildnh.com/wildlife/reptiles-amphibians.html

 

What: Count Bats for Conservation
Where: Statewide
When: June - August
Description: Count bats as they exit their summer roost in June, then again later in the summer to see how the colony has grown as pups begin flying. Instructions and documents are available online.
Contact: the NH Fish and Game Wildlife Division at (603) 271-2461 or email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.wildnh.com/surveys/bats.html

 

What: Canada lynx/carnivore monitoring project
Where: White Mountain National Forest north to Canadian border
When: year round (time commitment is flexible)
Description: Help monitor federally threatened and state endangered Canada lynx as well as a variety of other carnivores using track transects and remote cameras. Volunteers would participate in camera check and track transects with trained individuals. Volunteers must be comfortable working independently and outdoors in rugged terrain.
Contact: Jillian Kilborn at jillian.kilborn@wildlife.nh.gov or Alexej Siren at asiren@umass.edu).

 

Marine Fisheries

What: Fish Ladders
Where: Several towns in the seacoast area
When: Primarily weekends, holidays and some weekdays during April through June.
Description: Assist Fish and Game staff in monitoring coastal fish ladders during the spring and early summer fish migrations. Time commitment ranges between 3 and 8 hours per day, depending on the project.
Contact: Michael Dionne at (603) 868-1095 or email michael.dionne@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/marine/river-herring-shad.html

 

What: Rainbow Smelt Research Project
Where: Several towns in the seacoast area
When: weekdays (Monday – Thursday) and holidays during March and April.
Description: Assist Fish and Game staff in sampling coastal rivers for rainbow smelt spawning activity during early spring. Time commitment ranges between 3 and 8 hours per day, depending on the project.
Contact: Robert Eckert at (603) 868-1095 or email robert.eckert@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/marine/projects.html

 

What: Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey
Where: New Hampshire coastal waters
When: Ongoing
Description: Volunteers of all experience levels are needed to report on striped bass fishing trips taken in New Hampshire waters. Information requested includes catch and effort information about each trip taken, whether for only a single trip or many. Anglers are also requested to measure the lengths of all striped bass they catch, including those fish that are released.
Contact: Rebecca Heuss at (603) 868-1095 or email Rebecca.Heuss@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.fishnh.com/surveys/striped-bass.html

Wildlife Education

What: Wonders of Wildlife Docents
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Attend a comprehensive training program including background information, teaching techniques and specific training on programs to provide wildlife presentations to school or youth groups about wildlife, habitats and the wise use of NH’s natural resources.
Contact: Mary Goodyear at mary.goodyear@wildlife.nh.gov or call (603) 271-6649.
Visit: www.wildnh.com/education/wow-docents.html

 

What: Fish and Wildlife Stewards Program
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Stewards are trained to present programs to adult groups about the federal Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program and how it benefits the work at NH Fish and Game.
Contact: Mary Goodyear at mary.goodyear@wildlife.nh.gov or (603) 271-6649.

Aquatic Education

What: Watershed Education Program for Docents
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Attend a comprehensive training program to assist teachers with classroom curricula projects on watershed ecology and management strategies to improve and/or maintain the water quality in their watershed.
Contact: Judy Tumosa at (603) 271-0456 or email judy.l.tumosa@wildlife.nh.gov

 

What: Watershed Education Program for Teachers
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Attend a comprehensive training program to develop classroom curricula on watershed ecology and management. Water sampling and macroinvertebrate collection, ArcGIS computer models, and setting up a fish tank in the classroom are just some of the activities students may use to learn about how to improve and/or maintain the water quality in their local watershed.
Contact: Judy Tumosa at (603) 271-0456 or email judy.l.tumosa@wildlife.nh.gov

 

What: Let’s Go Fishing Volunteer Instructors
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Attend training in one, or all areas of interest including fly fishing, ice fishing, saltwater fishing and/or fly tying and then sign up to teach a whole class on your own or work with another instructor and just teach parts of a class.
Contact: Aquatic Resources Education Program at (603) 271-3212, or email
aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.fishnh.com/fishing/lgf-volunteers.html

Hunter Education

What: Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Become certified to teach basic hunter/bowhunter education courses, by New Hampshire State Law these courses are required for every first-time hunter.
Contact:Hunter Education Program at (603) 271-3214; email hunter-ed@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed-become-instructor.html

 

What:  Trapper Education Volunteer Instructor
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Become certified to teach trapper education courses, this course is required for every first-time trapper and is also required to become a licensed Wildlife Control Officer..
Contact: Hunter Education Program at (603) 271-3214 or email hunter-ed@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed-become-instructor.html

 

What: Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
Where: 387 Perch Pond Rd, Holderness, NH
When: Ongoing
Description: Help with shooting range supervision, trail and grounds maintenance, explaining exhibits to visitors, leading and assisting with center activities, office/receptionist work and hunter education instruction.
Contact: Tom Flynn at (603) 536-1290
Visit: www.huntnh.com/hunting/owl-brook.html

OHRV / Snowmobile Safety Education
What: Snowmobile / ATV / Trailbike Safety Education
Where: Statewide
When: Ongoing
Description: Become certified to teach OHRV Safety Education Courses.
Contact: (603) 271-3129 or email ohrv@wildlife.nh.gov
Education Centers

What: Great Bay Discovery Center
Where: 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH
When: April - November
Description: Two main volunteer opportunities: Education Program Volunteers and Exhibit Room Volunteers. Education volunteers conduct programs on cultural and natural history for school children and can also help with summer kids' programs. Exhibit Room volunteers meet and greet guests, monitor the discovery tank, take care of the store, and other duties. There is also a need for volunteers to help out with the maintenance of the grounds and gardens at the Center and on other Reserve properties.
Contact: Melissa Brogle at (603) 778-0015 or email melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: greatbay.org/volunteer

 

What: Twin Mountain Fish and Wildlife Center
Where: Route 3 between Carroll and Whitefield.
When: May - October
Description: Greet visitors, answer questions on fish-raising, stocking and the theme exhibit exploring watersheds -- what they are, how plants, animals, and humans interact and impact them and/or assist with staff with hatchery operations.
Contact: Tom Paschal at (603) 846-5429

Visit: www.twinmountain.com/hatchery.php

 

What: Warren Fish and Wildlife Center
Where: Warren, NH
When: May - October
Description: Greet visitors, answer questions on fish-raising, stocking and the theme exhibit – Wildlife, People and the Land: the different natural communities, their associated wildlife and human interactions and/or assist with staff with hatchery operations.
Contact: Dave Riel at (603) 764-8593

 

What: Barry Conservation Camp
Where: Milan, NH
When: Ongoing
Description: Help is needed with ongoing improvement projects at Fish and Game's summer camp for youth. Volunteers can join a work party, contribute specific construction skills or materials, take on a particular project, or help raise funds for an endowment to ensure that camp is always here to nurture New Hampshire's future outdoors-men and women.
Contact: Mark Beauchesne at (603) 271-6355 or Mark.Beauchesne@wildlife.nh.gov

Visit: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/about/visit.html

Volunteer Opportunities with NH Fish and Game Partners

New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
phone: (603) 224-9909
email: nha@nhaudubon.org
Web: nhaudubon.org/join-donate/get-involved

 

UNH Cooperative Extension
Education Center
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 862-2166
Web: extension.unh.edu/UNH-Cooperative-Extension-Volunteers

 

What: Great Bay Discovery Center
Where: 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH
When: April - November
Description: Two main volunteer opportunities: Education Program Volunteers and Exhibit Room Volunteers. Education volunteers conduct programs on cultural and natural history for school children and can also help with summer kids' programs. Exhibit Room volunteers meet and greet guests, monitor the discovery tank, take care of the store, and other duties. There is also a need for volunteers to help out with the maintenance of the grounds and gardens at the Center and on other Reserve properties.
Contact: Melissa Brogle at (603) 778-0015 or email melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: greatbay.org/volunteer

General

What: Discover Wild NH Day
Where: NH Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord
When: Third Saturday in April
Description: Help distribute flyers, greet visitors, guide visitors to parking spots, help with kids crafts and much more.
Contact: Mark Beauchesne at (603) 271-6355 or Mark.Beauchesne@wildlife.nh.gov

Visit: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/events/dwnh.html

 

What: Wildlife Garden Demonstration Area
Where: Stratham, NH
When: On-going
Description: Help us get growing from the ground up! Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is creating a backyard wildlife garden on the shores of the Squamscott River in Stratham. It will be a place where people can come learn how to enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance backyard, while providing shelter, food and water for wildlife. The garden will be established and maintained by community volunteers.
Contact: Melissa Brogle at (603) 778-0015 or email melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov
Visit: greatbay.org/programs/community-wildlife-garden.htm

 

Meet Our Volunteers

 

Read about some of Fish and Game's many volunteers, past and present, who have contributed to the work of the Department. These are just a few of the hundreds of people who contribute their time and expertise to Fish and Game every year. 

 

Select an image to read about the volunteer. All files are in PDF PDF Document format.

Conklin

Joe Conklin

Ernst

Fred Ernst

Goodell

Jean & Kim Goodell

Guaraldi

Sharon Guaraldi

Johnson

Shirley Johnson

Frankel-Jones

Nancy Frankel

Frankel-Jones

Bob Jones

Labonte

Sherry Labonte

Murphy

Eryn Murphy

Woodburn

Robbi Woodburn

Pushee

Dave Pushee

Saenger

Tricia Saenger

Swope

Eric Swope

Tracy

Dick Tracy

White

Steve White

Praxair

Praxair Surface Technologies

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