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About D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

Formed in 1896, the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the West, located in Spearfish, S.D. (population 9,971). The museum’s collection focuses on the history of fish hatcheries. It includes tools, photographs, personal papers and archeological items. A historic house is also connected to the museum.

Interns work with the curator on inventory, cataloging, preservation maintenance and storage. They also research topics relating to fish hatcheries and work on archival, processing, photography and exhibit work. Internship procedures follow those set by the Department of the Interior, so the program closely resembles those at National Parks.


Priority is given to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Museum studies or historic preservation majors are preferred.

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

Curator, D.C. Booth HNFH
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
423 Hatchery Circle
Spearfish, SD 57783-2643
Phone: (605) 642-7730


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Stipend, Unpaid, Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


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