Do you have what it takes to be a Fish & Game volunteer?
The California Department of Fish & Game is looking for a few good men and women, age 50+, to assist with tasks such as inspecting pet shops, going on nuisance wildlife calls, and making educational presentations to the public, our colleague Louis Sahagun reports. From The Times' environmental blog, Greenspace :
The primary mission of the Senior Volunteer Academy #9 is to "free up state game wardens and biologists to focus on law-enforcement priorities," said state Fish and Game Lt. Kent Smirl. "There is a shortage of game wardens out there right now and an increase in poaching."
Prospective recruits will go through a comprehensive selection process and background check before entering the academy, which will be held March 2-13 at the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s South Coast Botanical Gardens.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: A Fish & Wildlife warden displays a confiscated gopher snake. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.