New Volunteer Orientation

  • Ojai Raptor Center 370 Baldwin Road Ojai, CA, 93023 United States

Ojai Raptor Center is looking for a new group of volunteers for the 2017 nesting/summer season. We're looking for volunteers in IT/Data Entry, Transport and Animal Care. Our largest need is in Animal Care. 

Animal Care encompasses all the day-to-day work at the center, not just animal care. This includes- feeding all patients and education ambassadors; cleaning the hospital, mews and flights. This work is 90% custodial- which means a ton of cleaning. It also may include center landscaping, structure upkeep and other organizational/maintenance tasks. You will be assisting supervisors do intakes of patients, and help them feed and medicate birds and animals. It is dirty, hard work but extremely rewarding. From intake to release, you will learn a lot about birds of prey and some other species as well.

We are looking for a commitment of one 4 hour/week shift for nesting season. We need the most help during the months of May-July. If you know you may be traveling or have other commitments that will come up May-July we respectfully ask you to rethink volunteering with us during this time as we will spend a lot of time and energy training new volunteers. Our initial meeting will go over everything you will need to know before you commit to applying and starting the training process. We’ll go over a typical day at the center, what to expect and what is expected of our volunteers and we’ll take you on a brief tour. At this first meeting you will not be required to turn in an application.

*At this time we are not taking volunteers under the age of 17.

Please arrive on Sunday February 19th at 1 pm. Please bring a writing utensil and something to take notes with and a jacket in case it’s breezy. If you are able to bring a chair that would be helpful. We're not sure if we'll be inside or outside, depending on the weather.

Directions- If you have not yet been to our center- we are in the same complex as Help of Ojai off Baldwin Road. Keep Right and go down the driveway when you pull in. You will drive all the way to the back until you see our outdoor stage with our name and logo. Link to google maps above.

 More information on volunteering can be found here.