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ARCS Volunteer Programs

Due to high demand, our 2024 volunteer opportunities have been filled.

If you have any questions, please email us at

ARCS offers experiences designed to connect people with aquatic science, better their understanding of conservation, and inspire people to take action for aquatic fisheries and their habitats.

High School Volunteer Program (ages 15-18)  The ARCS High School Volunteer Program provides high school students with a dynamic, hands-on fisheries science experience that complements their traditional academic studies. It’s perfect for students who are excited about biology, curious about Minnesota and Wisconsin’s waterways, and are interested in aquatic conservation.  Students will participate in a structured research project and will participate in our education program. Training is provided. 

ARCS Internship Program  ARCS Internships allow college students and recent college graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in aquatic research, conservation, and education. Training is provided.

ARCS Adult Volunteer Program  Volunteers will participate in field studies using different gears and methods to collect, measure, weigh, and tag fish in our local waters. 


  • Must have own transportation to and from meeting locations.  ARCS crew will wait for the volunteer to arrive for 15 minutes, if they do not arrive and do not call with an estimated time of arrival, the field crew will leave for sampling.

  • Ability to swim; and

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.


How do I Become an ARCS Volunteer?  You can join our volunteer team by contacting Amy Waters by email at or by phone at 651-330-0330 to discuss the opportunity and schedule a day to volunteer.


NOTE:  All volunteers need to complete and sign a Volunteer Application before volunteering. 


We hope to hear from you soon!



What are the benefits to volunteer?  To participate in a valuable experience, make friends, learn about fisheries management, and get invitations to special events.

Why become an ARCS Volunteer?  People volunteer for different reasons such as concern for the environment, wanting to help in your community, likes animals, make new friends, share personal skills and talents, and gain knowledge and experience.

What is the time commitment?  An average field day is from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., this is dependent on how many fish are caught, the days could be shorter or longer.

Do I need training to volunteer?  No prior training is required, training is provided. 

Are any of your volunteers paid? No, all ARCS volunteers are unpaid.

Where do I make further inquiries?  You can contact Amy Waters at or by phone at 651-330-0330.

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