Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers
Time Commitments: Year-round opportunity.
April - November is peak season for animal care.
- Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 90 hours and commit to two, six-hour shifts each month.
- Volunteers may set their own schedules within the guidelines of set shifts (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; or 2 p.m. - closing).
- Volunteers looking for opportunities after school, or those who work and can't begin until after 5 p.m., will be considered on a case-by-case basis since schedule will not fall within the scheduled shifts listed above.
- Summer only volunteers must commit to a minimum of 90 hours to be completed in no less than a six week period of time between the months of May - September.
- Interns must commit to a minimum of eight weeks, at 20 hours per week, and be available holidays, nights and weekends on a rotating schedule. All schedules will be determined in advance.
Required Skills: Experience in animal care is helpful.
- Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 15lbs. and be able to stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals.
- Volunteers must be able to read, follow instructions, perform simple calculations and have dependable transportation.
Training: Training classes are limited to 20 participants.
Serious inquiries only.
- Volunteers must first participate in orientation and then complete the four to six hour class specifically designed for those caring for animals at the Wildlife Center.
- Volunteers must pass an exam to continue in the program.
- 2012 classes are scheduled for one Saturday each month in February, March, April, May, June and August. Space is limited and reservations required.
- Volunteers must begin duties within a month after completing training.
Youth may volunteer at the Wildlife Rehab Center at the age of 12, with a parent Volunteer and may volunteer independently at age 16 with parental consent, pending approval from the Center’s Supervisor.
Volunteers must be rabies vaccinated to care for or handle adult/self-feeding mammals. Vaccinations are available through the Center, at cost, for approved volunteers. Volunteers must provide proof of rabies vaccinations and/or recent titer records.
Volunteers may care for infant animals without being rabies vaccinated, by following set protocol and completing set requirements.
This position may not be suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed.
Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Fill out our online volunteer application and you will be contacted.