Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Photo: birds are monitored in the stabilization room during the Cosco Busan oil spill
Birds are monitored in the stabilization room during the Cosco Busan oil spill

Become a Spontaneous Volunteer

"Spontaneous" volunteers are unpaid employees of the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) at the California Department of Fish and Game. You'll sign up with OSPR and attend their required training. OSPR then provides volunteers to work with the OWCN and the various other organizations involved in a spill response. There are many different opportunities for spontaneous volunteers during a spill response; not all opportunities involve working directly with wildlife.

Requirements

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and must attend a mandatory introductory and safety presentation. You'll have to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the State of California, along with other required paperwork.

Procedures During Oil Spills

During oil spills, call OSPR's volunteer hotline at (800) 228-4544 to find out about scheduled trainings.

If possible, please download and fill out the following paperwork, and bring copies with you to the Volunteer Orientation

Procedures During Non-Spill Periods

Please visit the OSPR Volunteer Program page to read more about the volunteer program.

Thanks again for your interest in volunteering.