If you are interested in volunteering at Ojai Raptor Center please review our Volunteer Information page to learn more about our program. We'll be holding an orientation to go over the basics of volunteering with us and to answer your questions.
*You will not need to bring in an application at this time. You will turn in your completed application upon scheduling your first day with us.
We hope you'll join us for our Fall Open House on October 29th! We are only open to the public during our Spring and Fall Open House and this is a great way to see the center and meet our education ambassadors. We will have booths with our ambassadors, our raptor store, theme booth, silent auction and refreshments. Follow the talon logo signs for parking. No reservations required.
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Flyer photo by Stacey Bergman
Because we are a full time wildlife rehabilitation center with an active hospital, we are not usually open to the public. We do open our doors twice a year to the community who supports us, to give them a closer look at what we do. Join us to learn about nesting season, wildlife rehabilitation, and to see live birds of prey up close. This is a huge fundraiser for us that will help us care for the many orphaned birds we will be receiving this coming spring. *Reservations not required.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU APRIL 9TH!
*Follow our event signage and we will have parking attendants to guide you.
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.
ORC will be at this event with our education ambassadors and raptor store!
"With over 500 students expected to attend ranging from elementary schools to high schools, VCPWA will transform the Government Center parking lot and a number of conference rooms into interactive learning centers highlighting the many facets of our local Public Works team. The day will also have emphasis on educating young minds on the endless internship and job opportunities a career in Public Works may offer, giving students the chance to connect with several Public Works officials at a career booth.
From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., VCPWA employees will lead tours of several display booths, including heavy equipment demonstrations that will give students a chance to get up close to the equipment that is used by VCPWA on many of the work sites around the county. Fun activities will also include hands-on stations where students will learn about native and drought tolerant plants, surveying, rain and stream measurements, composting with worms, a chance to visit the Storm Operations Center and for the first time, the unveiling of the new Raptor Study program showcasing hawk and owl exhibits.
VCPWA’s commemorative day will include a resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors in the Hall of Administration at 10:30 a.m. VCPWA Director Jeff Pratt will also announce this year’s “Employees of the Year” recipients.
“National Public Works Day is a very important opportunity for us to educate and connect with the public,” said Pratt. “It will give the community a chance to get an in-depth look into a vital organization that is dedicated to providing and sustaining the county’s infrastructure and environment while enhancing the safety, health and quality of life for them."
SPRING OPEN HOUSE! Nesting Season: What you need to know!
*There is a chance of rain on Sunday. If we do need to cancel due to rain we will update all media sites early on Sunday morning!*
Spring Open House will focus on nesting season and all things baby raptors and birds. Nesting season is our busiest time of year and therefore the most important for community involvement and support.
Open House Features:
-Informational booths with live, bird of prey education ambassadors and raptor biofacts.
-Stage presentations- ORC educators and director Kim Stroud, Chumash stories, and local ornithologist and condor expert Jesse Grantham.
-Our Raptor Store will be stocked with Organic tees, bird guides, ORC gear, and much more.
-Silent Auction with fine art, gift baskets, jewelry and more.
Share our event and bring your friends!
*Parking- Signage will be placed leading up to the center on Baldwin Road. We'll also have volunteers directing parking and traffic. Shuttles will run from our alternate parking lot on Burnham Rd. at Forrest Home as well.
*There are no dogs allowed at this event.
NESTING SEASON 2016!
We are looking for more volunteers for the upcoming 2016 nesting/summer season in our Animal Care department. We'll also be going over volunteer transport and baby songbird 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 also be assisting supervisors with intakes of new patients, raptor husbandry and raising orphaned raptors. It is dirty, hard work but extremely rewarding. From intake to release, you will learn a lot about wildlife rehabilitation, and birds of prey. During nesting season we also take in a ton of Corvids and other non-raptor native wild birds.
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. A 3-4 month commitment is ideal. No experience necessary. If you know you may be traveling or have other long-term 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. At this first meeting you will not be required to turn in an application but if you'd like to fill one out, you can download it here.
*At this time we are not taking volunteers under the age of 17.
*No sign-up required
Please arrive to the center on Saturday February 13th at 1 pm. Please bring a writing utensil and something to take notes with, a jacket in case it’s breezy, and a chair if it's easy for you.
Thank you for your interest!
Our Fall Open House will be on Sunday October 25th from 12-4. $5 per person- children 10 and under are free. We'll have a booth focusing on both our local raptor species and our migrant visitor raptor species and their habitats. We'll also have special stage presentations from our wildlife education team, Chumash elder Julie Tumamait Stenslie, as well as local ornithologist Jesse Grantham.
We'll also have our Raptor Store where you can purchase local bird guides, bird of prey themed housewares, organic ORC tees, bird boxes and a lot of other cool stuff! Drinks and snacks will also be for sale.
*Parking- follow signage to park. Parking is available at the upper Help of Ojai Lot and the lot at Forrest Home on Burnham Road. We will have shuttles coming to the center every 15 minutes.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING OF RAPTORS AND BIRD OF PREY ART AT BELL ARTS FACTORY IN VENTURA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST 6-9 PM
10$ at the door. We'll have refreshments, live bird of prey ambassadors as well as a variety of bird of prey based fine art including photography and sculpture. 100% of proceeds go to Ojai Raptor Center!
***ORC members can RSVP to email@example.com to waive your entrance fee and receive a ticket for two free drinks***
Featured artist Jennifer MaHarry, will be at the show...
We'll also have framed photography by Leila Jeffreys. As well as many other wonderful contributors.
Home brewed beer donated and poured by the Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society!
Parking is public, around Bell Arts Factory.
Our annual Spring Open House will be Sunday April 12th from 12-4. The theme of this year's Spring Open House is "Feathers and Flight." Visitors can expect to learn all about feathers, their function in flight and what role they play in rehabilitation. Be sure to check out the Feathers and Flight booth! We're also really excited to present a new education bird at this open house! Shuttles will run as usual from the Forest Home lot on Burnham Road and the upper parking lot at Help of Ojai. Keep an eye out for ORC signage and volunteers to direct you to park. There is no admission fee or reservation required for this event but it is a huge fundraising opportunity for us, so we always suggest a $5 donation. Thank you and we hope to see you April 12th!
Twice a year we open our doors to the public to get a rare glimpse of our center and to meet our resident education ambassadors- live birds of prey. This Fall Open House, we have rearranged things a little at the center so you can look forward to a new look if you have been to a previous event. We have several species of Owls, Falcons, as well as Red-tailed Hawks and Vultures. Our resident Bald Eagle Avalon will also be on hand. All our resident raptors will be on display with their handlers to teach about their species, and our shared environment. You'll also get a look inside our center and our "Freedom Flight," the largest flight of its kind in California. There will be fun activities for kids, and refreshments. No admissions fee but we do suggest a $5 donation. Hope to see you there!
*Parking- As you approach the center there will be signs and volunteers directing parking. We will have parking at the upper lot of Help of Ojai and the lot at Forest Home. We will be running shuttles from both areas. Please be patient with shuttles!