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Hatchery Volunteer
Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery
1672 Rt. 321, Elbridge New York 13060

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"In the summer of 2017, I got the chance to participate in a field internship experience. Mine took place in Elbridge New York, just outside of Syracuse New York. I worked at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. Here, I was a volunteer helper who helped around the whole place. I did everything from cleaning the hatchery, feeding the fish, to helping seniors fish and educating people on the hatchery itself. Not only did I learn a lot myself but I was able to share the knowledge of how hatcheries work and their impact on society and the environment. I was also able to work on a day where the DEC came in to educate young fishermen on fishing ethics and how to clean and cook fish, along with fish identifying."

Organization: Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery
The point of this fish hatchery is to guide fish from eggs to fully grown (around 2 years old) and release them into nearby waters. This hatchery is in Elbridge NY and is ran by the Onondaga County Parks and recreation department.

Website: http://www.onondagacountyparks.com/parks/carpenters-brook-fish-hatchery/
Contact: Eric Stanczyk ericstanczyk@ongov.net  (315) 689-9367

About the Internship:
Every day, we had to feed all the tanks that had fish in it. We then had to check for mortalities. We then cleaned the hatchery. Once these are done, which takes around an hour and a half. We then move onto daily tasks. Weather it is moving fishing or cleaning tanks. Since you are unpaid and a volunteer you can work any hours you want, they are open from 8am-8pm.