Training offered January – May (Additional dates may be added in the fall.) Limited positions available. Individuals are selected through an interview process following orientation.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers provide routine daily care for injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife until they are ready for release back into the wild. Volunteer duties include admitting animal patients, record keeping, preparing diets, feeding animals, and a fair amount of cleaning including cages, dishes, floors and wards. Volunteers may also assist Veterinary staff with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, radiographs and surgeries. Volunteers can also participate in special projects, tours, training, cage building and animal rescues/releases.
Time Commitments: Year-round opportunity. March - September is peak season for animal care, although Volunteers are needed throughout the year. Shift schedules are six hours each, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Volunteers must be able to serve on a recurring schedule of the same day/shift each week (i.e. Every Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
- Volunteers must establish and commit to one, six-hour shift each week for eight consecutive weeks on a recurring schedule of the same day/shift each week. (i.e. Every Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Upon completion the first eight weeks, Volunteers can transition from a weekly schedule to serving every other week (still on a recurring schedule of a set day/shift).
- Time Limited/Summer Only Volunteers must establish and commit to one, six-hour shift each week for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks to be completed during the months of June - August. Volunteers should be available to serve on a recurring schedule of the same day/shift each week. (i.e. Every Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Volunteers who successfully complete all requirements have selection priority the following summer to return.
Age Requirement: Minimum age requirement is 16 years old. Youth between the ages of 12 - 15 years old can volunteer for this assignment with their parent or legal guardian. This adult must complete all required documents, training and be available to serve alongside the child at each scheduled shift.
Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.