Get Involved

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

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 about 6% to almost 60%!  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 6 month commitment during which time 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 the 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 for the latest position availibility. 

Become a member of our Friends Organization:

Friends of California Condors Wild & Free is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that has the mission to enhance public awareness of the endangered California condor and ensure that they are protected, healthy, and free.

As a member of the Friends of the California Condor, Wild & Free, you will become a part of a group dedicated to the conservation of an endangered species. Some of our activities include:
  • Annual State of the CA Condor event 
  • Scheduled Refuge Projects 
  • Outreach Events 
  • Education Programs 
  • Advocacy 
  • Fundraising 
  • Networking with other conservation groups   
All members receive event notifications, which contain information about Friends’ programs, Friends’ sponsored outreach activities, legislation affecting the Refuge and more.  
Contact: or call (805) 796-2508