Volunteer Opportunity

OC Animal Care Explorer Post 538

Are you between the ages of 14 - 20?
Interested in a career in animal care, training or control or in veterinary medicine?
Volunteering with the OC Animal Care Explorer Post 538 may be just right for you!

OC Animal Care

OC Animal Care invites young men and women who live in the Orange County, California area and are interested in pursuing a career in the animal care or humane law enforcement fields to apply for a volunteer position with Explorer Post 538. OC Animal Care is located at 561 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92630.

Learning for Life

The "Learning for Life" division of the Boy Scouts of America developed its Explorer division for career-oriented young adults between the ages of 14 - 20. Members are referred to as "Explorers" and the program is distinctively different from scouting. Exploring is a co-educational, young-adult program developed and supervised by local community organizations, businesses, and individuals. Exploring offers young adults an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills while considering career options.

Explorer Post 538

Explorer Post 538 is sponsored by OC Animal Care. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in animal care operations and to interest them in humane law enforcement functions. Many Explorers, but not all, are interested in entering the animal care or law enforcement fields as a career.

Explorer Duties & Responsibilities

Explorers assist the OC Animal Care in community and civic events such as low-cost vaccinations clinics, mobile adoptions, and other special events. They learn the vital functions of the field division as well as the kennel and veterinary operations. Through the "Ride-A-Long" program, Explorers gain a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of animal control officers as well as the challenges they encounter. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of animal care services, Explorers make a significant difference in the community through their volunteer efforts. Explorers serve as volunteers and do not assume the functions of sworn or civilian animal control officers or employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Young adults between the ages of 14 - 20 may apply. Fourteen-year-olds must have completed eighth grade prior to submitting an application.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must be in good standing with school administrators. Once accepted into the program, Explorers must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must remain in good standing with school administrators.
  • Applicants with criminal convictions will not be considered. Once accepted into the program, Explorers must not incur any criminal convictions.

Application & Selection Process

The first step in the recruitment process is to complete and submit an ONLINE APPLICATION. Applications are accepted online only and are reviewed in January and July of each year based upon the number of available positions. If you are selected for the next step in the recruitment process, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Explorer Post 538 is limited to 30 members to ensure a quality program.

Click here to access more information and the online application.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact the OC Animal Care Explorer Post Advisor at ExplorerPost538@occr.ocgov.com.