In the early spring and early fall TWRC Wildlife Center receives hundreds of baby squirrels from rescuers. These squirrels will be fed and cared for in our onsite Baby Squirrel Program until they are old enough to transition to release back into the wild. We need help from caring volunteers with this huge endeavor.
All volunteers must register, pay a fee, and complete an Orientation session before they can begin working squirrel feeder shifts. The Orientation is approximately one hour and a half long, where volunteers will learn about the program and what duties it will involve, as well as a mock demonstration by the presenter on how to handle, feed, potty and weigh a squirrel, as well as essential shift protocol. When you come in for your first volunteer shift a supervisor will then give you hands on training with one of our squirrels.
Regular BSP Shifts run from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; 7 days a week. Duties as a squirrel feeder include feeding squirrels, cleaning cages, washing dishes, preparing food, weighing squirrels, laundry, and general room maintenance.
- Volunteer feeders must be at least 14 years of age.
- Volunteers 12 & 13 may volunteer as assistants but will not be allowed to feed. Each assistant must be accompanied by a guardian at least 18 years of age. (Only one assistant per guardian)
- Commit to work 5, 3-4 hour shifts, however, volunteers are encouraged to work as many as possible
- Pay a registration fee