Get involved in one of the many Center Volunteer opportunities to help wildlife.

Volunteers at TWRC Wildlife Center are the backbone of our organization. They supply the force behind our mission to rehabilitate, release and education the public. We are inspired by our volunteers’ devotion to the community responsibility of caring for our Texas wildlife. Since we started keeping records in 1992, our Center has helped more than 145,000 wild animals. Our volunteers have a very unique opportunity at TWRC. They get to be a part of an organization that established the first wildlife emergency facility in Houston, which has admitted over 392 different species. Over the years our seasoned volunteers and staff have acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience and are eager to share with individuals who want to join our mission to help wildlife. Volunteers leave here having the knowledge and ability to help any injured or orphaned wild animal they may encounter.

Attending a Center Volunteer Orientation is the first step to becoming a center volunteer at TWRC Wildlife Center.

This comprehensive one-hour orientation explains who we are, what we do, what we expect from our volunteers, and what our volunteers can expect from us. You will hear about all the various opportunities from assisting with center operations to directly working with the animals or getting involved with our Education Team. Additional training or registration fees may be required based on your interest. TWRC doesn’t require any previous experience with wildlife, but we look for people who can work well with others and make a commitment to participate at least 12 hours per month in any volunteer opportunity. While some of the opportunities listed above may have pre-requisites, TWRC Wildlife Center provides all necessary training.

All orientations and training classes will be held at the TWRC Wildlife Center and dates and times of upcoming orientations can be found on the calendar. Volunteers must become a member of TWRC, be at least 14 years of age and commit to working at least 12 hours a month.  The yearly membership fee is $40.00.  ** COURT-ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE THE VOLUNTEER TEAM  BEFORE ATTENDING ORIENTATION. *

Entry Level Volunteer Opportunities

Busy Bee

  • Responsibilities: This position is responsible for maintaining TWRC’s facility where the public bring injured, orphaned and ill wildlife for care. Our facility must be clean and orderly so that we can operate efficiently to provide quality care to wildlife in need. This entry level position is responsible for washing dishes and crates, animal laundry, assembling animal aquaria, food prep and other activities to support the center.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member, TWRC provides all training.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.

Lizard Lounge

  • Responsibilities: The lobby where the education animals reside is the first thing the public will see and smell when they enter the door. It is imperative that it be maintained to the highest standards. Our education animals deserve the best quality diets as well as a variety of enrichment activities. These animals are critical to the success of our education program. This entry level position is responsible for the daily feeding and care of all education animals (squirrels, opossum, screech owl, non-venomous snakes, turtles, lizards, and a woodpecker).
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member, TWRC provides all training.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.

For more information concerning these opportunities, direct all inquiries to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Advance Level Volunteer Opportunities

Vet Room Staff

  • Responsibilities: Concerned rescuers bring orphaned and/or injured wildlife of all kinds to receive first aid in our Vet Room by qualified individuals who are trained to work with a wide variety of species. They trust us to skillfully and knowledgably assess the needs of the animal they took time to rescue and to administer the initial care needed, giving each animal the compassion and dignity it deserves. Vet Room Staff have the privilege of examining wildlife up close and responsible for overseeing the examination, assessment, and treatment of all daily admissions.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member. Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active Vet Room Assistant, completing 60 hours of service within a period not to exceed 6 months, have experience rehabbing at least one species and be sub-permitted, permitted or actively seeking permits.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.

Vet Room Assistant

  • Responsibilities: Vet Room Assistants help Vet Room Staff stay organized so that they may be more focused on addressing the needs of each animal in a timely manner. This opportunity also serves as a training field in which the Vet Room Assistant learns more about the initial assessment and care of new wildlife admissions.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member. Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active TWRC Center Volunteer, completing 20 hours of center service within a period not to exceed 4 months, have experience rehabbing at least one species and be sub-permitted, permitted or actively seeking permits.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.

Wildlife Rehabilitator

  • Responsibilities: After receiving initial care in the TWRC Vet room, a permitted rehabilitator specializing in that species accepts the animal into their home for ongoing personal care until the animal is old enough to be released and/or has fully recovered from injuries or illnesses.
  • Pre-requisites: Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active TWRC Center Volunteer, completing 20 hours of center service  and  become  sub-permitted. Hours must be earned within the 6-month period immediately preceding being sub-permitted and/or receiving animals. TWRC provides all training through its Mentorship Program for Wildlife Rehabilitators and help obtaining permits.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Depends upon species rehabbed.

For more information concerning these opportunities, direct all inquiries to the Rehabilitation Coordinator.

Opportunities to Help With Education

Adventure Guide

  • Responsibilities: This position is responsible for leading our wildlife camp programs.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 3 shifts per week – for 5 camp weeks between June and August.

Rockin’ Robin

  • Responsibilities: This position is responsible for facilitating informal education programs (Festivals, service project events, birthday parties) and assisting with formal education programs (classroom programs, lectures, scout merit programs, center tours, etc.). To fully support wildlife, we must help the public understand how to live harmoniously with all of them.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 15 years of age.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 1 shift quarterly.

Surfin’ Bird

  • Responsibilities: This position is responsible for completing internship specific projects or goals and assisting with formal and informal education programming.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 1 shift per week during internship.

JAGs

  • Responsibilities: This position is responsible for assisting with Summer Wildlife Camp programs as a Junior Adventure Guide.
  • Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 14 years of age.
  • Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 3 shifts per week – for 5 camp weeks between June and August.

For more information concerning these opportunities, direct all inquiries to the Education Coordinator.