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Volunteer with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Limestone Canyon Access Days or many of the other activities within the Irvine Ranch, ask you’ll understand how many people it takes to offer all of these activities to the public. Most of those people are volunteers with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and they are always looking for new people to volunteer.

Twice a year, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy holds an orientation for new volunteers. One of these is coming up on March 10th and you can still sign up if you’re interested. Volunteering for the IRC can be hugely rewarding. You’ll have the opportunity to help improve the wilderness around Orange County and share your love of the outdoors with others.

There are a number of important requirements that all Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers must meet in order to help. All of the requirements are outlined in the email that’s sent out to all potential volunteers. The one ongoing requirement that IRC asks of all volunteers is that they donate at least a day a month to activities within the parks and open spaces.

If you’re interested in signing up to be a volunteer with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and would like to attend the orientation next month, you must register by February 10th.

Greetings Potential Volunteers!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Irvine Ranch Conservancy! The IRC is seeking volunteers that are willing to act in a leadership role. Depending on your preference, you may lead hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, or interpretive programs as well as join our stewardship, citizen science, trail work, and fire prevention teams.

Currently the Conservancy manages volunteer opportunities on nearly 50,000 acres of land in Orange County; in partnership with OC Parks, The City of Irvine, and The City of Newport Beach. Your first step will be to attend Orientation here on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Registration will open at 8:00am. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am, as our program will begin promptly at 9:00am. Our day will conclude by 2:00pm.

A portion of the registration process will include a) your signing/submission of the various waivers necessary to satisfy our partner agencies, b) taking a TB test (provided at no cost), and c) consenting to a Federal Background Screening. As you can imagine, this will take some time. Disqualifications for the Background Check are:

  1. Felonies
  2. Sex Offenses
  3. Misdemeanors
  4. Evidence in which you were at odds with the authorities

If any of these apply to you, please save yourself and the IRC a great deal of trouble by NOT applying to volunteer.

At a minimum, you will need to plan for your introductory IRC training to include:

  • Completion of the Orientation Day
  • CPR & 1st aid certification (which we provide at no cost)
  • Three activity-specific trainings (i.e. hiking, trail work, etc.)
  • One half-day classroom workshop

Please bring your planner/calendar to Orientation, so that you are able to sign-up on the spot for these activities!

In addition, our Volunteer Agreement asks that you contribute your time to one activity per month with the Conservancy. That may be seven hours at a Wilderness Access Day, two hours of data entry, or a variety of programs in between. This is not a commitment for the faint of heart! So, please, take the time to reflect on whether this organization will be a good match for the time and energy you have available. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at Orientation. As such, it is necessary to reserve your space.

Please reply to this email indicating whether or not you will attend, so that I have an accurate count for the day. Thank you! If the date is a conflict, but you are interested in participating in our Summer Orientation (tentatively set for June 30), please let me know that as well.

The Conservancy prides itself as being one of the premier volunteer organizations in Orange County. We would be delighted to have you complete the trainings and join us. All those able to attend March 10 will be sent registration paperwork the week of February 20th.

Best regards,
Catherine

Volunteer Orientation & Training
Saturday, March 10, 8am to 2:00pm
4727 Portola Parkway, Trailer B
Irvine, CA 92620

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