The Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) assists the
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) by providing enhanced public service
to the community while offering opportunities for citizens to make
a definitive contribution toward protecting California's wildlife resources.
The mission of NRVP is
to provide conservation and enforcement education in public service,
through community outreach, State lands monitoring, habitat and pollution
awareness, animal welfare and CDFW administrative
The purpose of NRVP is
to improve efficiency and productivity statewide by
using the skills of talented volunteers. These volunteers will perform
tasks which support the CDFW's operations
While CDFW will make maximum effort to utilize
the skills of volunteers, it is not the intent of this program to supplant
any sworn or non-sworn personnel.
Volunteers are the eyes and ears of CDFW enforcement
personnel, biologists, managers and public officials. Trained to observe
and report, Volunteers increase field time for warden patrols
and investigations. They additionally free up more time for biologists
to do scientific management and research. Volunteers add value
to the CDFW through their maturity, wisdom and life experience. They
exemplify patience and understanding in a competitive world of consumptive
and non-consumptive resource users. Volunteers are empowered
by their ability to give back their talents to the community, not by
the position they are entrusted with.
The objectives of NRVP are:
- To assist CDFW in providing enhanced public service
to the community.
- To provide an opportunity for citizens to make a definitive
contribution toward protecting California's fish and wildlife and