Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

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California Condor Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways you can get involved with the Refuge and California Condor Recovery Program.

California Condor Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

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    Become a Nest Monitor Volunteer:

    The USFWS and the Santa Barbara Zoo invite you to join our efforts to save the condor. The Nest Guarding program has monitored the successful fledging of 14 wild condor chicks since 2007, and witnessed nesting success grow from 6 to 60 percent. Volunteers are required to go through two mandatory trainings, and expected to work independently. Time commitment is two times per month, from the early spring to late fall. Some observation points require strenuous hiking, or camping overnight. Volunteers should have their own hiking equipment, high clearance vehicle capable of driving on uneven dirt roads, a good sense of adventure, and a strong desire to assist in the recovery of the California Condor. To inquire for the next training dates, please call (805) 644-5185.


    Become an Intern:

    The California Condor Recovery Program has a volunteer internship program. This is a 6-month commitment during which volunteer interns will receive a living allowance of $39 per day of work while working on and around one of two wildlife refuges central to condor activity in Southern CA.

    This volunteer opportunity focuses on management of the free flying population of California Condors in Southern California. Selected applicants will track this population throughout its range using radio telemetry and by ground-truthing GPS transmitter data. Volunteers will observe condor behavior at feeding sites, roosts and nests. Field work requires the ability to work independently and as a team; work and sometimes camp in remote areas during inclement weather or harsh environmental conditions; travel via ATV, 4WD vehicle, or by foot, in steep mountainous terrain; carry 50lb carcasses to feeding sites; keep detailed field notes; follow data collection protocols for the collection and entry of accurate and consistent data; and assist in routine office work.

    Check the Texas A & M wildlife job board or the Ornithology Exchange websites for the latest position availibility.


    Become a member of our Friends Organization:
    Friends of California Condors Wild and Free

    Friends of California Condors Wild & Free is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enhance public awareness of the endangered California condor and ensure they are protected, healthy, and free. This is being done in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations.

    The organization is run completely by volunteers and offers a number of activities and opportunities to volunteer in support of California condors.

    Activities include:

    • Annual State of the CA Condor event
    • Scheduled Refuge Projects
    • Outreach Events
    • Education Programs
    • Advocacy
    • Fundraising
    • Networking with other conservation groups

    Contact: or call (805) 796-2508
    Click here to visit the website to learn more!

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