Zoo volunteers wanted

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Californian Living Museum is looking for dedicated volunteers for two programs.

Docents are asked to commit to four hours per month for one year once they've been trained and can be as young as 13. While wildlife rehabilitation volunteers are asked to commit to 8 hours per month and a minimum of one year of service.

CALM docents will be trained to educate school children and visitors about California wildlife and their habitats. Not only will they learn about wildlife in a classroom setting, but they'll be trained to handle CALM's ambassador animals.

Volunteers must attend a seven week course and pass a written exam to qualify. Youth ages 13 to 17 can join the team as Bio-Fact Docents and have to attend the same training as adults. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 will have to be accompanied by an adult.

Rehab volunteers will learn how to care for injured an orphaned animals and will be trained to work side by side with keeper staff.

Docent training will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CALM and starts Feb. 1. The three-session rehab training series also starts Feb. 1, but runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and volunteers must be 18 or older.

To find out more or register, call curator Don Richardson at (661) 872-2428 or email dorichardson@kern.org.