CDFW Seeks Natural Resource Volunteers for North Coast Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Eureka area.

Motivated individuals with an ability and willingness to convey conservation principles to the public are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be confident and capable of speaking with the public one-on-one and in group settings. They must also be able to work independently and as a team member to complete tasks. Assignments will be in field, office and classroom environments.

“NRVP members support biological, enforcement and administrative staff on a variety of issues by providing conservation education to the public,” said CDFW’s NRVP Coordinator Lt. Jeff Heitzenrater. “While these are non-sworn positons without law enforcement authority, their efforts directly aid and assist all branches of the department.”

NRVP positions are unpaid and require a service commitment of 16 hours per month. Duties may include responding to human/wildlife conflict calls, representing CDFW at community outreach events, working upon CDFW lands, disseminating useful information to the public, instructing at NRVP academies and other assignments to assist staff as needed.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a California driver license and produce a California Department of Motor Vehicle driver’s report. The selection process includes an initial screening, application review, oral interview and a background check including a Live Scan fingerprint clearance.

Successful applicants will attend the NRVP training academy and receive 80 hours of conservation training. The initial phase of the academy is scheduled from May 16-18, 2016. The training process will continue with one class day per month from June through October. Volunteers will work with a trained mentor to implement their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2016.

For additional information and to download an application, please visit

Please send applications to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resource Volunteer Program
Attn: Lt. Heitzenrater
20 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Ste. 100
Monterey, CA 93940

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