The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in in the North Coast Enforcement District (NCED). Interested residents in, but not limited to, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco and western Solano counties are strongly encouraged to apply.
“The mission of the Natural Resources Volunteer Program is to provide conservation and enforcement education and public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative support to CDFW staff,” said NRVP Program Coordinator Lt. Joshua Nicholas. “NRVP volunteers do not have law enforcement authority, but they are a huge help to the officers in the field and other CDFW staff members.”
CDFW is holding an NRVP training academy in Santa Rosa Jan. 12-14, with continued training to follow once a month through May 2015. Graduates of the academy become volunteers for CDFW. These positions are unpaid. Interested individuals go through a selection process, which includes an initial screening, application, interview and background check. If selected, individuals attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 16 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor to implement their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.
Applicants need to be over 18, should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid CDFW staff.
Natural resource volunteer duties may include responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing CDFW at community outreach events and patrolling CDFW lands, ecological reserves and coastal and inland fishing areas.
Volunteers who are successful in the application and oral interview phase and will be required to have a Live Scan fingerprint performed and submitted.
Volunteer applicants must also have a current California driver license and produce a Department of Motor Vehicle driving report showing a good driving record for the last five years.
Please contact Lt. Joshua Nicholas at (707) 944-5562 prior to submitting an application.
Mail the completed applications by Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to:
Natural Resource Volunteer Program
CDFW Bay Delta Region Office
7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
Further information and an application can be found on the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.
Lt. Joshua Nicholas, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (707) 944-5562
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944