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                                      Wildlife Learning Center

                                                       NOT ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS FOR SPRING 2014

Address 16027 Yarnell Street
  Sylmar, CA 91342
Organization Description The Center provides outreach and onsite education in wildlife biology. The outreach program is the largest in LA with classes taught by friendly and enthusiastic biologists. Nestled in an old olive grove, more than 70 different species of rescued and zoo-born wild animals call this natural environment home.
Volunteer Opportunities Assist with upkeep, caretaking, and diet preparation for the more than 200 animals. Grounds keeping and docent work also available.

Each volunteer shift is four-hours long and will be broken down into three hours shadowing one of our staff biologists and one hour of maintenance and beautification of compound.  While shadowing, you will be assisting in enclosure maintenance, diet preparation, public interaction, and other general tasks.  The hour of beautification and maintenance will consist of raking, gardening, cleaning, etc.  Volunteers must be available for shifts, during weekdays. Weekends are not available for service learning volunteers.
Hours of Operation volunteer shifts: Variable, please contact Wildlife for more information
Hours Required 24 hrs (4 hr shift/ 6 days)
Telephone Number 818.362-8711
Contact Person Jessica Jedvaj, Volunteer Coordinator
Website www.wildlifelearningcenter.com
Email volunteers@wildlifelearningcenter.com
In-person interview + 3 hour training required.

We require volunteers to wear closed-toes shoes and clothes that you can get dirty in, as we will work and be cleaning in and around the animals enclosures. We also ask that any tattoos are covered and facial piercings removed during your shift.  For your own convenience, please pull long hair back.  We will require an in-person interview prior to starting your service learning hours.  We understand that circumstances can change quickly, and if you need to miss a shift, please call us in advance to reschedule.  Unexcused absences are not permitted.  Please approach this service project with the same attitude and enthusiasm you would offer a “real” job.  We are a very family-oriented, friendly facility and ask that our volunteers maintain cheerful demeanors while on site.  If you do not like animals, children, or the smell of Simple Green, please do not apply.  After successfully completing your service-learning project, our staff would be happy to write you a letter of recommendation.




      William S. Hart Museum

Address 24151 Newhall Avenue
  Newhall, CA 91321
Organization Description The William S. Hart Museum is the former retirement home of famed silent film star, William S. Hart.  The Museum displays Hart’s collection of Western artwork and Native American artifacts as well as memorabilia from early Hollywood, personal furnishings, and an impressive collection of saddle and tack.
We are looking for volunteers to help with 2 programs:  the educational outreach program and school visits.  Volunteers who sign up to work with either of these programs will assist the Education Coordinator in leading educational programs and activities for elementary school children.  Volunteers will work directly with students, teaching the curriculum material in exciting and engaging ways, connecting the students with hands-on objects and materials, and leading curriculum supplement activities.
Hours of Operation 9am-4pm, 7 days a week
(best time to contact Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)
Hours Required Volunteers should try to commit to participating in 2 programs per month (equivalent of 4 to 6 hours per month).
Telephone Number 661-254-4584
Contact Persons
Rachel Barnes, Education and Volunteer Coordinator
Margi Bertram, Administrator
Website www.hartmuseum.org
Email rbarnes@nhm.org
(it is easier to reach Rachel through email)
Training Session Volunteers will need to attend an individually scheduled 2-hour training session.
All students interested in volunteering should apply, but these volunteer opportunities are a great chance for students who are interested in education, especially elementary school or early primary school education, and learning more about different teaching techniques and styles.