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Wolf Caretaker

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Experience living off the grid while helping with the daily routines involved in caring, grooming and nurturing of the Center’s animals!

Visit and get involved in this amazing opportunity to care for wolves and wolf-dogs located in the Los Padres National forest in Ventura County, California which is just an hour and a half away from the City of Los Angeles! Experience living off the grid while helping with the daily routines involved in caring, grooming and nurturing of the Center’s animals!

Volunteer at this Sanctuary that is situated on 20 acres of land and is the home to a range of displaced, unwanted, and un-releasable captive-bred animals such as; wolves, wolf-dogs, birds and horses! This project is in need of your help all year round and the work with the animals on the center is physically demanding and it is by no means an ‘easy holiday option’!  The minimum duration of stay is 4 weeks with a maximum duration of 12 weeks, this gives you the opportunity to learn the project’s routine and it also gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you within the duration offered.

The Wolf center is located in the mountains of California. It is quite close to the city of Los Angeles yet it remains isolated, so please keep this in mind. If you are not comfortable with the idea of living in a remote location, this is not the right volunteer opportunity for you.

We have transportation available and the guys go into town for shopping at least once per week.  There is a trailer with a kitchen and the person is welcome to cook and keep food in the cupboards and fridge. The trailer also has/have bathroom(s), internet, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations. 

You will volunteer together with experienced local staff who will train and guide you as well as local and international volunteers. No special equipment or skills are required. 

Keep in mind that this project only accepts male applicants and this is due to the accommodation arrangement!

Typical day

The tasks usually include watering and feeding the wolves which gets complicated in the winter months because the water and raw meat freezes and has to be defrosted, you may also have to feed, nurture and groom the horses and birds as well.  For the Wolves, the meat needs to be cut up which also takes some strength when the meat is frozen.  Poop pick up occurs daily. Your main tasks will mainly consist out of the following but are not limited to:

  • Animal care (this includes walking some of the more social animals, cleaning enclosures, changing waters, feeding, and socializing with those animals who enjoy human interaction).
  • Cage cleaning
  • Maintenance of Habitat/Enclosures.
  • Habitat Construction.
  • Food preparation (lots of meat preparation every day).
  • Diet and water changing, helping with events and Educating the Public. 
While some tasks will return on a daily basis (like feeding and cleaning other tasks are more project based like maintenance and habitat construction and depend on your dates.

Details on Arrival

There are no specific start/arrival dates for this project however, we recommend that you arrive on a Monday.


Free-time activities

Volunteers have the opportunity to go hiking, sightseeing, shopping, visiting nature parks and so much more! However, any leisure time activity outside of the project will be at the volunteers own expense.

Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The fees include:


  • Airport Pickup - We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the Project site.
  • Accommodation - A well-equipped trailer with bathroom(s) and kitchen, internet available, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations).
  • Meals - Groceries are provided but you will have to do the cooking with the other volunteers
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contac

Airport Pickup at Los Angeles International Airport

You will arrive in the beautiful state of California where you will be met at the airport. You can choose to fly to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Burbank Airport. After getting picked up, you will then be transferred to your quarters on the project site!

Accommodation

We have transportation available and the guys go into town for shopping at least once per week.  There is a trailer with a kitchen and the person is welcome to cook and keep food in the cupboards and fridge. The trailer also has/have bathroom(s), internet, cell phone service and a 50-inch flat screen TV with Direct TV (satellite TV with 700 stations). 

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Meals are not included but groceries will be provided and volunteers would be able to prepare meals of their own in the kitchen. At least once or twice a week the project does a BBQ for the volunteers or They may take the volunteers out for dinner!

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States of America.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States of America provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in United States of America you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States of America.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,195.00
6 weeks
$1,395.00
8 weeks
$1,595.00
10 weeks
$1,795.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,995.00
Average fees
$233.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in California/United States of America between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in United States of America.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Americas Northern America The United States  California, Frazier Park, CA

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