The California Department of Fish and Game is looking for applicants for its volunteer program in the San Francisco Bay Area and Delta counties.
The Natural Resource Volunteer Program provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to the department.
The department is holding a volunteer training training academy in Fairfield from May 30 through June 12 (weekdays only). Graduates of this academy become unpaid volunteers for the department of fish and game.
The selection process includes an initial screening, application, an interview and a background check. Selected participants attend the 80-hour conservation training course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours.
After completing the academy, volunteers will work with a trained volunteer mentor during a six-month probationary period.
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting.
Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment.
Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department.
Volunteer duties could include responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at volunteer program academies, representing the department at community outreach events, disseminating useful information to the public and patrolling department lands, ecological reserves, and coastal and inland fishing areas.
Further information and the application are available at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.
Applications should be mailed to the The California Department of Fish and Game Bay Delta Region Office, 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 no later than April 23, 2012.