Natural resource volunteers sought in Sacramento area

Residents of the Sacramento area who are interested in wildlife and the outdoors are sought to apply a volunteer program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Natural Resource Volunteer Program trains citizens to help department staff. Duties include educating the public about wildlife and the outdoors, staffing community events, and helping department staff manage wildlife and habitats in the field.

A monthly volunteer service commitment of at least 16 hours is expected of each participant. Volunteers have no law enforcement authority, but do assist state game wardens in some activities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid California driver’s license and pass a background check. Selected participants then must attend a three-day training academy, followed by an additional eight-hour training day each month through the course of a seven-month probationary period.

The deadline to apply for the program is Feb. 9. The next training program will be held in Sacramento in March. For more information on how to apply, contact Lt. Steven Stiehr at (916) 358-2877.

More information about the program is available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/nrvp/.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.