Lt. Joshua Nicholas, DFG Bay-Delta Region, (707) 944-5562
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now recruiting applicants for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The newly established Bay Area program will initially be accepting 30 volunteers.
Originally established in 2002 as a senior volunteer program inSouthern California, the NRVP currently includes more than 100 volunteers of all ages in Orange County, Los Angeles,S acramento and Redding. The NRVP trains volunteers to provide conservation and enforcement education to the public, along with providing critical biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks such as responding to human-wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing DFG at community education and outreach events, patrolling DFG lands, ecological reserves, coastal and inland fishing areas, and disseminating information to the public.
Volunteers have no law enforcement authority but are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department and often play a vital role in assisting wardens and biologists with mission-critical work. Last month alone, volunteers in the Sacramento area contributed 160 hours to assist DFG employees in rescuing sturgeon, salmon, steelhead and striped bass that were stranded by receding floodwaters in Yolo and Sutter counties.
Bay Area program applicants will go through a selection process which includes initial screening, an interview and a background check. Selected individuals will attend an 80-hour NRVP Conservation Academy beginning June 22 in Cotati to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor during a six-month probationary period.
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills, a desire to work in a team environment and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting.
Further information and the application are available at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/. Applications should be sent to the DFG Bay Delta Region Office, 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 no later than May 27, 2011. Please contact Lt. Josh Nicholas at (707) 944-5562 with any questions.