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Fish Hatchery Intern
Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery
1672 New York 321, Elbridge, NY 13060

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"While working at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, I would begin my mornings with feeding the trout in each tank, and making sure the water looks to be in good condition and that the trout seem to be healthy. While working here I also took part in the Time Out To Fish Program where I would assist people with disabilities, senior citizens, and children with fishing at out trout pond on the property. This was one very enjoyable part of my work at the Hatchery. During this time, I would show people the joys of fishing and explain to them the type of work we do at the hatchery. Very often while doing the program, I would meet people who were helping out the needy and they would leave a very positive impression on me, it was nice to be around patient, and down to earth people for that part of the day. Overall, a day spent working at the hatchery is a day well spent where you have the chance to learn about different fish species, which will assist in conservation efforts in the future."

Organization:  Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery
Located on picturesque countryside in western Onondaga County, the Hatchery was originally developed and operated as a joint venture between Onondaga County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a Works Project Administration Grant. One of only four county run hatcheries in the state, Carpenter's Brook has been in continuous operation since its inception in 1938 and produces 80,000+ Brook, Brown, and Rainbow trout annually.

Website: http://www.onondagacountyparks.com/parks/carpenters-brook-fish-hatchery/

Contact: Eric Stanczyk – (315) 689-9367

About the Internship:
Job duties include feeding trout, and pheasants, cleaning tanks, mowing, weed trimming, and many more miscellaneous tasks that take place around the hatchery over the summer months. A typical day length for the summer intern is an 8-4 shift, the internship is paid 9.75/hour with 45 min – an hour for lunch break daily, other opportunities include learning how to use several different power tools and machines such as tractors and riding mowers. You may also have a chance to work with the DEC while working at the hatchery if an electroshock is taking place or any other type of field work that might require the assistance of hatchery aids.