California Wolf Center Volunteer Program

We're Looking for You!

Do you want to make a difference for wolves in the wild? Volunteers are the key to the California Wolf Center’s success. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year, working on education programs, staffing outreach and community expos, helping with facility projects, maintaining our wolf habitats, and the list goes on. You could be part of this amazing endeavor! We invite you to explore the possibilities of being part of our pack.

No experience, or not a wolf expert? Don't worry, we believe every person has a way to make a difference in the lives of wild wolves, and we can find a way for you to get involved. No matter what your background, if you believe in our mission, we can help prepare you to confidently engage here at the center. We can use your experience to ensure that we can continue to fulfill our mission. Our wolves will benefit from your time with us.

We hope you take the next step: Fill out the application below, and we'll gladly contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the many ways you can help the California Wolf Center educate the world about wolves and pave the way for return of wolves to the wild. To volunteer, download our application and , our Education and Volunteer Manager. You can also fax it to our administrative offices at 760-888-0333, attention Volunteer Manager, or mail it to California Wolf Center, Attn: Volunteer Manager, PO Box 1389, Julian, CA 92036. For more information, please call 760-765-0030 or

Training and Requirements

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Volunteers must fill out an application to be considered for the program (see “We’re Looking for You!” section above). All applicants attend an orientation and training session(s) to prepare them for the various ways they can engage at the center. Applicants must be 18 years or older to volunteer. A minimum of 8 hours per month is required to remain active in the volunteer program. Note: all volunteers must sign a liability waiver due to the inherent risks of working in a remote location around large carnivores.



Share your passion and make a difference for wolves by educating the public and school groups on the important role wolves play in our ecosystem and by dispelling the myths that still haunt wolf recovery today. We will give you the training to present professionally and engage the public. Program includes: the history of the wolves, wolf facts, how wolves and other canids play an important role in our ecosystem, dispelling the Big-Bad-Wolf myths and how our center is working to restore wolves to the wild.

Animal Husbandry

Taking great care of our resident wolves includes feeding and watering, prepping wolf food, cleaning and stocking animal care supplies and food, cleaning enclosures, helping with behavioral observations, and helping with veterinary care. Please note that Husbandry positions are limited (and very popular) and it may take time to become a member of the animal care team.

Facility and Habitat Maintenance

Do you like working with your hands? Our Facility Manager can always use help with various projects such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, fabrication, landscaping, and more!

Special Group Projects

We offer groups the opportunity to serve as volunteers for special projects at our center throughout the year. Participation in these projects does not require completion of the entire volunteer training course; however, participants will receive basic safety training and orientation. Special projects may include painting, brush cleanup, planting trees and landscaping, and supporting our special events. Note: all volunteers must be 18 years or older and must sign a liability waiver due to the inherent risks of working in a remote location. If interested, please .

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