Volunteer

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Would you like to help give injured, orphaned or ill wild animals in Inyo and Mono counties a second chance? Even if you have only a few hours a month to spare, you can make a difference for local wildlife by becoming part of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care.

As a nonprofit organization we depend upon the commitment of volunteers to help with animal care, rescue and transport, publicity, fundraising, building and maintenance. Some volunteers work at the Center; others care for patients at home.

ESWC receives animals from a large geographical area (a 100-mile-wide corridor about 200 miles in length that runs along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra). Because of these distances, ESWC has adopted a structure used by many rehabilitation facilities. Supporting the central facility is a foster-care system in which trained volunteers care for many of the animals in their homes. Some volunteers have pens or aviaries on their own premises, while others care mostly for baby animals who need no more than an incubator or small cage.

Volunteers Needed: The organization depends upon its volunteers to provide care for injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife. Currently, there is a group of about 40 volunteers with varying amounts of experience. (About 18 volunteers do animal care, while others help with transport, education, fundraising, rescue and return, and maintenance.) More volunteers are needed as patient numbers continue to rise.

If you are interested in becoming an ESWC Volunteer, contact Kelly at (760) 872-1487

Training:

Since 2000, ESWC has offered annual orientation and training for new people interested in wildlife rehabilitation. Active, senior volunteers receive advanced, continuing education training in wildlife rehabilitation techniques such as fracture and wound management, initial care and treatment, zoonoses, physical therapy, and more. (Animal care volunteers are required by CDFG to have four hours of continuing education yearly.) At least two advanced classes per year are offered, and are taught by staff members.

ANNUAL TRAINING CLASSES
Volunteer Training I
Time: Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, March 16, 1-3 pm at the Center.
Location: ESWC Center at Keough's Hot Springs

Volunteer Training II
Time: Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, March 16, 1-3 pm at the Center.
Location: ESWC Center at Keough's Hot Springs

Animal Care Volunteer Requirements:
- Volunteers must commit to one 4 hour shift per week during the busy season.
- All new volunteers must attend the two training sessions offered in early spring.
- Volunteers should be prepared to get dirty, follow instructions for safe and effective animal care, and LEARN A LOT!

Rescued Animal: 
karma and volunteer