The Department of Fish and Game seeks volunteers to assist with natural resource conservation and education efforts in the Redding and Sacramento areas.
New participants in DFGs Natural Resource Volunteer Program will attend one of two upcoming training academies, where they will learn to work with department staff to provide community outreach, state lands monitoring, habitat and pollution awareness, animal welfare and administrative work.
The popular Natural Resource Volunteer Program, which began as the Senior Volunteer Program in Southern California eight years ago, is designed to complement the strengths and interests of individual volunteers. Volunteer needs can vary greatly depending on the needs of the community and the time of year, but typical tasks could include proctoring falconry and trapping exams, conducting fish and wildlife surveys, assisting with the validation of hunting tags, or capturing and transporting injured wildlife during an oil spill.
People who are considering careers in biology, law enforcement or other natural resource-related fields are well-suited for the program, but retirees and other individuals with an interest in natural resources are also welcome to participate. All volunteers must be able to commit to at least 24 hours of volunteer time a month and attend monthly staff meetings.
New volunteers are also required to attend the two-week training academy where they will learn about the many functions of DFG, including wildlife management, fisheries management, hatchery operations, program administration and licensing, laws and regulations, first aid, hunter education and other topics.
TheNatural Resource Volunteer Program academy in Redding will be held from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7, 2011, at DFGs Northern Region headquarters, 601 Locust St., Redding. The deadline to apply for the Redding academy is Nov. 19.
The academy in the Sacramento area will be held from Feb. 7-18, 2011, at DFGs North Central Region headquarters, 1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova. The deadline to apply for the Rancho Cordova academy is Jan. 14, 2011.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license. Applications for both northern California academies can be found on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/nrvp/application.html. Completed applications should be mailed to Lt. Cindy Adkins, Department of Fish and Game, 601 Locust St., Redding 96001.
For more information about the NRVP in northern California or the upcoming training academies call Lt. Adkins at (530) 225-2268.