What kind of advice would you give to someone who has zero experience or degrees in the field they’re hoping to break into? Where should that person begin?
ERIN: Volunteering can be a great way to learn new skills and to explore different options for possible future employment. It gives you experience with different fields and different work environments, so you can really decide what you like the best and where your strengths lie. Many fields will require a bachelor’s degree, and some may require graduate degrees. Volunteering will give you opportunities to meet people in your desired field and to seek advice about what experience, training, and education you need to get a job in that field. Volunteering also offers great networking opportunities. Whatever your chosen field, volunteering can give you a chance to learn more about the field and what you need to do to get into it.
Alright, and how about specifically for your organization? Any particular kind of person you think would be most suited to the work?
ERIN: Because California Wolf Center volunteers have the opportunity to help with a variety of tasks, there’s really something for everyone. Some volunteer work is very physically demanding, but there are also a lot of opportunities to help out in the office, to help with educational tours and to help with fundraising and outreach efforts. We’re truly grateful to all of our volunteers, regardless of their reasons for volunteering and regardless of what previous experience they bring to the table. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected], call 760-765-0030 or visit us on the web at www.californiawolfcenter.org.