Cat House

Volunteering at EFBC/FCC

Visitors to EFBC/FCC are interested in cat species, habits, their plight in the wild today, personal quirks of individual cats, and more. The visitors often remark on how clean the grounds are, how happy the cats look, and how it doesn't smell as bad as they expected. What they don't know is that the same people answering their questions also assist in caring for the cats, and that they can work here too - no experience is necessary! We will train you in everything you need to know.

The EFBC/FCC has a general manager and paid keepers in charge of the compound's and feline resident's upkeep. Their assistants are volunteer docents, who get to participate in every aspect of the cat's care. Our motto is "If you enjoy hard work for no pay, we've got a job for you!" But that's not entirely true - we (the volunteers) get paid in the form of whisker collections and tiger ruffles (their friendly noise). Where else can you find whiskers the thickness of weed-whip wire? Where else can you earn the friendship of some the earth's most beautiful creatures, especially for someone with no background experience? Here at EFBC/FCC!

The day begins at 8 am, cleaning cages and checking on the cat's health. From 10 am - 4 pm, the volunteers assist visitors to the compound answering questions, and may help in preparing the cat's dinner. In the afternoon, over 150 pounds of raw meat is delivered to the cats, and dishes are washed. In the summer, the day may not end until 6 pm. Don't come here expecting to play with cats - you need to be willing to work hard, and follow directions well. There's only a few cats we go in with, and you have to work your way up to that privilege. Volunteers can also just do visitor assistance, and work any hours you like between 10 am and 4 pm.

EFBC's docent zoo keeper program will train you in all areas of husbandry, nutrition and feeding, behavioral observation, and enrichment care of our felines, as well as visitor interaction including providing educational tours. As your experience and knowledge progresses, additional training in juvenile and neonate care is provided, as well as opportunities to work with our veterinarians. Each docent progresses at their own rate which can depend on how much time you spend here, prior experience, level of confidence, and your personal goals. All areas of your training will be under the guidance of our trained staff and other docents who have completed various levels of our training program.

We have volunteer orientation the first Sunday of every month at 10 am, no need to call in advance. Our training program will be described to you then.

WCN Booth

Other Volunteer Activities- we've had information booths at many places - Palmdale Festival, Poppy Festival, farmer's markets, the WildNet Conservation Expo.

June 2015 Staff/Volunteer Meeting Picture


EFBC's Feline Conservation Center has limited availability for qualified interns. The internship is a minimum 12 week program; however, longer durations can be considered.

The program provides first hand training and experience in maintaining wild felines in captivity including:

  • Animal husbandry including habitat cleaning and maintenance
  • Behavioral observation including maintenance of health, food, and medication charts
  • Animal enrichment development and administration
  • Dietary preparation
  • Observation and assistance in medical procedures if situation allows for it. Interns majoring in veterinary medicine may have an opportunity to work with our veterinarian at their private clinic as well
  • Hand rearing and neonate training if available
  • Education of public via tour leadership; possible off-site lectures
  • Paperwork required for maintaining wild felines in captivity such as permits for import, export, ISIS tracking, MedArks recording, USDA inspections, Veterinary Care programs, federal & state regulations
Working hands-on with over 18 different feline species will give you insight into the varying species' behaviors, breeding, gestations, etc

EFBC is a nonprofit organization and offers no stipend to interns. On site housing can be provided for two-three interns at a time, at a rate of $55 per week each. On site housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you prefer to arrange outside housing, EFBC will attempt to put you in contact with other interns wishing to do the same and who are interested in sharing expenses with roommates

The issuance of college credits is dependent on your university

Application Requirements:
Cover letter: include your career goals and how this program will assist you in achieving those goals, requested duration and an estimate of arrival/departure dates, and if you require on-site housing
Complete CV including GPA and prior work history
Recent negative TB test

Submit via email, fax, or mail to:
Christy Cregut, Operations Manager
EFBC's Feline Conservation Center
3718 60th St West
Rosamond CA 93560
661-256-6867 fax
email: christy.efbc.cregut@gmail.com

August 2016 interns with anasthesized Pallas' Cat kitten