Sacramento residents who want to help local wildlife species are invited to join a state volunteer program.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting applicants in the Sacramento region for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program. The program teaches volunteers how to work alongside the department's conservation and enforcement officials to protect California wildlife.
Applicants must pass an initial screening and background check, then attend a 3-day training academy in September. An additional eight-hour training day is required each month during a seven-month probationary period.
Volunteers must commit to at least 16 hours of volunteer work per month. They must have basic computer skills and a willingness to educate the public about conservation principles.
Although volunteers have no law enforcement powers, duties includes responding to wildlife conflicts, attending community outreach events and patrolling state refuge lands.
Applicants must apply by Aug. 19. For more information, contact Lt. Steven Stiehr or Warden Brian Moore at (916) 358-1948
Contact The Bee's Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.