At Fishline, we are committed to nurturing and empowering the next generations of volunteers. In order to facilitate this, we have adopted an age policy aligned with the guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries policies for minor workers. These can be found at lni.wa.gov/youth-employment

Ages 16-17:

Parent or Guardian consent is required. Additional training on confidentiality, workplace appropriateness, and general volunteer skills and expectations to set them up for success.

Ages 14-15:

Parent or Guardian consent is required. As a prerequisite, we request a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, family friend, or group leader (cannot be family or guardian). There will be a probationary period of 15 hours. At least two staff members will be present during this period. During this time, the minor will receive additional training on confidentiality, workplace appropriateness, and general volunteer skills and expectations to set them up for success. The probationary period is the minor’s chance to demonstrate responsibility, dedication, and the ability to maintain our Culture of Respect. Failure to follow directions and/or uphold our Culture of Respect, may result in dismissal. If they would like to return, we ask that they submit a written request after three months. Max of two minor volunteers allowed per shift for pairs of friends, siblings, teammates, etc. Groups of three or more will be split up onto different shifts. The minor volunteer must be picked up by their ride no later than closing time Food Bank – M/W/F by 4pm, T/Th by 7pm Second Season – everyday by 5pm. The standard shift length for 14-15 year old minors is 2.5 hours (volunteer-work cannot exceed three hours per day, please refer to L&I for more details).

Ages 13 and younger:

Parent or Guardian consent is required. Volunteers in this age range are only permitted to volunteer at our Swank farm with a Parent or Guardian present at all times.