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Rifle Falls Hatchery Host


Do you enjoy camping/RV'ing, working outdoors, interacting with people, and have good customer service and communication skills? Become a volunteer Hatchery Host at Rifle Falls Hatchery - the largest hatchery in the state!

We are relatively secluded, about 30 minutes from Rifle, at the base of Little Box Canyon in Western Colorado. We have some of the most beautiful campsites and the best hatchery crew around! Rifle Falls Fish hatchery sees 7,000 visitors a year, including school tours, summer camps and vacationers.

Host Responsibilities:

  • Visitor Center assistance and answering visitor questions
  • Conduct tours of the hatchery, distribute fish food, and encourage visitors to sign the visitor log.
  • Grounds maintenance, including mowing, weed whacking, and watering. Tractors and mowers are utilized for grounds work.
  • Help keep public restrooms clean.
  • Other projects as assigned

We are looking for volunteers with good communication, and any mechanical or landscaping skills.

Elevation: 7,000 ft (If you have health concerns that elevation may affect, please don't apply.)

Looking for 2 host couples for the 2023 season. Couples/pairs are invited to apply. Couples with kids and couples still in their career working remotely are also being considered.  Hosts are permitted to have pets.

See what a previous volunteer host had to say and apply today!

"This was the most beautiful campsite we have ever had. This canyon has so much to offer volunteers. The staff were a joy to work with and always willing to share information. The work is enjoyable and rewarding if you enjoy working with people. An added bonus was watching the golden eagles from fledglings through their early flights. Wildlife comes through the hatchery and even to your campsite… My greatest regret is our own inability to travel, because we miss the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery family."

Time Commitment:

24 hours/week per person, May - September

Minimum time commitment: 4 months

Desired time commitment: 4 months

Volunteer Benefits:

Host at a beautiful hatchery in western Colorado with wonderful, hard working staff! Be a part of our team and interact with the public, teaching them about fish propagation, stocking, and fish health. 

Lovely isolation in a verdant riparian canyon! Climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and biking opportunities abound!


In exchange for volunteer service, hosts receive a free full hookup campsites (water, sewage, 50 amp electric). Can use computer and internet in office. Land line for phone use (phone not provided). Laundry available on-site. Medical facilities available nearby in Rifle, CO.

Education - Education and Outreach, Customer Service - Greet and Orient Visitors, Maintenance and Construction - Landscaping, Volunteer Hosts - Hatchery Host, Customer Service - Customer Service/Visitor Information, Wildlife - Fish Hatchery Assistance
Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Dustin Mullen
(970) 625-1865