CALM needs volunteers

The California Living Museum (CALM) is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist the zoo's mission in two programs - its Docent programs and Wildlife Rehabilitation program. To register for either program, call Curator Don Richardson at 661-872-2428 or via email at .

Docent Program

The word "docent" comes from the Latin word meaning to teach. CALM docents are volunteer "teachers" who are trained to educate school children and visitors about California wildlife and their habitats. Not only will volunteers learn about wildlife in a classroom setting, they will be trained to handle CALM's ambassador animals. 

The first session of the seven week course is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CALM. Classes will be held each Saturday through March 15. Minimum time requirement for docents is four hours per month. Minimum age requirement is 18 years. Volunteers must attend all sessions, and pass a written exam, to qualify for the program.

Youth ages 13 to 17 can join the team as Bio-Fact Docents.  Training schedule is the same as adult Docents. Bio-Fact Docents provide educationalinterpretation utilizing prepared specimens and artifacts on our rolling carts funded by PG&E.  Bio-Fact Docents also learn to handle smaller ambassador animals during their interpretation.

Classroom materials and training are free. Docents must commit to a minimum of one year of service.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

CALM receives more than 600 birds, mammals and reptiles through its state-permitted Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Animals received are injured, orphaned or otherwise unable to survive without assistance before being released. Because the care for the animals is time-consuming and requires detailed attention, CALM is seeking dedicated volunteers who are interested in this very rewarding program.

A free training series has been scheduled on February 1, 8, and 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CALM. Volunteers must attend all three sessions to qualify for the program.  

Volunteers will learn how to care for injured and orphaned animals that come to the facility each year, working side by side with keeper staff in caring for and rearing orphaned and injured wildlife to return them to the wild. Training will include nutrition, feeding and basic animal husbandry. Training materials will be provided; however, participants are encouraged to bring notebooks.

Participation in the rehabilitation course will require either approved home care for a minimum of three nights each month and/or assist at CALM for a minimum of two, four-hour days each month through the active season (April through September).

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