Please read the following carefully before applying

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

Animal Care

Animal care is what the center revolves around. Taking in sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey and other wildlife is our main goal. Animal care consists of 90% custodial work. This means cleaning cages, mews and flights, doing laundry, watering plants and general upkeep around the center. It also means handling the food that we feed our patients, which is a variety of different meats and prey animals. With time and training, animal care workers will also assist supervisors in the care of our animal patients and the care of our resident education ambassadors. For animal care workers we require that you be available for at least one 4 hour shift per week for a period of 6 months. Volunteers doing animal care should know that this is laborious and dirty work, but with time and dedication it can be extremely rewarding!

***We receive a lot of interest from volunteers who would like to handle education birds- i.e. be presenters at booths, events etc. Handling of our education ambassadors comes from extensive volunteer work, studying, and fitting human personalities with those of our ed birds. It is never guaranteed to any volunteer. 


For those who cannot commit to animal care but have some free time they'd like to donate to ORC, transporting is a great option. If you live in the Ojai, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Simi Valley, Oxnard, or Thousand Oaks area- you can become an ORC transporter. The way we receive most of our bird patients is through the public. When a member of the public has a bird in need of care they will either bring it directly to ORC or they will require transport from their home or location to the center. This is where ORC transporters come in. In 90% of the cases we receive, we ask that the reporting party contain the animal or bird, i.e. putting it in a cardboard box or crate, or some sort of container that will keep it safe and quiet while it is in transport. Transport consists of picking up the bird or animal and bringing to ORC for intake. All training is provided through ORC- certain transporters will also be trained to capture birds that are not yet contained (this is rare). Once you are trained, you'll sign up on our online calendar and put in the days and times you are free to transport and we'll call you if a case comes up. It's a great way to volunteer and very important to how the center works with the public. 

Other ways to volunteer...

Beyond Animal Care and Transport there are other ways to volunteer- we also have a need for volunteers with experience in the following areas: weekend projects, education, grant-writing, fundraising, event planning, data entry, landscaping, outreach, carpentry, administrative work, graphic design, baking for our open houses and people to help us with activities for kids. 

If you have a skill or knowledge in another particular field that you think might be useful to the Ojai Raptor Center, let us know, we would love to hear about it!


To volunteer- please fill out an application and email to ojairaptorcenter@gmail.com, if you need to drop it off at the center please call to set up a time to drop it off. After we have reviewed your application we will schedule your first training day.

Please take the decision to start the volunteer process seriously. Taking on new volunteers, training, and relying on volunteers takes time and energy from our staff. Please do not apply if you cannot make a solid commitment. *Volunteering with us requires using our online sign up calendar.

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