California Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Volunteers in Oil Spill Response

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response works with two types of volunteers: "Pre-trained" volunteers who are registered with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), UC Davis, and "Spontaneous" volunteers who are concerned members of the public who want to help out during an oil spill event.

Pre-trained volunteers: The best way to help out with the rehabilitation of oiled animals is to get involved with an OWCN Member Organization before a spill occurs. By volunteering with one of OWCN’s member organizations you'll gain valuable experience and be eligible for the OWCN's specialized training in caring for oiled animals. For more information go to

Spontaneous volunteers: Are members from the public that gain interest in supporting response efforts during an oil spill event. If volunteer opportunities become available, minimum qualifications will apply and health and safety training will be provided. If you are viewing this page during an active spill response and would like information on volunteer opportunities, please go to


Contact Information

Cindy Murphy
Phone: 916-324-6250

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Page Last Updated: September 18, 2014