The qualifications, minimum ages, and training required vary with the job.
A library is available to volunteers use to increase their knowledge. To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Jamie Washington, by email at JamieW@SacNatureCenter.net.
As an example, below is information on what is needed to become an animal care assistant.
The Nature Center has a small collection of wild animals, adult and young, some of whom have been injured and require special handling. Scientific understanding is not as important as consistent, reliable efforts.
Clean animal cages; feed and exercise animals; assist with animals during visitor hours; maintain animal care records.
On-site training and two three-hour shifts per month for a minimum of six months.
Training and Preparation:
Volunteers are given an orientation to the Nature Center history and philosophy. Initial training is then given by the animal caretaker and volunteer animal care assistants.
Volunteers are encouraged to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator or their supervisors whenever necessary to discuss various scenarios that may occur. Periodic evaluations will be used to help improve the volunteer’s performance and to determine if the needs of the Center are being met.
You can always call us at (916) 489-4918