Membership Registration and Renewal for 2021 is now open!
Although we may not be able to welcome our volunteers into the Center right away, registering for a 2021 membership helps us keep our doors open to injured, orphaned, and ill wildlife in need.
The safety of our staff and volunteers is our #1 priority. Due to limited workspace areas, all volunteer shifts will remain CLOSED until further notice. As soon as we are able to admit volunteers, we will contact you.
Thank you for supporting TWRC Wildlife Center! We look forward to working with you soon.
Get involved in one of the many volunteer opportunities here at TWRC Wildlife Center!
Volunteering is easy and fun! Here is what you need to know to begin volunteering with us:
- Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 15 must be chaperoned by an adult (18+) and both must be current members.
- Volunteers 16 years and older may volunteer without a chaperone.
- Volunteers pay a $40, tax-deductible, registration fee which covers your TWRC Wildlife Center T-shirt, hands-on training with experienced staff, as well as helps cover the high cost of caring for the animals every day.
- You are required to complete our online orientation which covers all aspects of volunteering. Once you have completed the orientation you will be sent a link to SignUp.com. This is where you can sign up for volunteer shifts.
- There are two areas within TWRC Wildlife Center in which you can volunteer: The Main Center and the Animal Care Program.
- The Main Center is where we accept animal admissions, house our animal ambassadors, and where our Vet Room is located.
- The Animal Care Program is where we house all the wildlife that we admit for onsite rehabilitation.
Our Critter Care Crew (formerly known as Lizard Lounge) works in the Center where the education animals reside. This is the first thing the public will see and smell when they come through the door, so 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. In addition, this position is also responsible for washing dishes and crates, animal laundry, assembling animal aquaria, food prep and other activities that support the center as a whole.
Vet Room Assistants help Vet Room Staff stay organized, allowing them to 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. Vet Room Assistants must be at least 18 years or older. Vet Room opportunities are typically invitation only.
Animal Care Program
As an Animal Care Program volunteer or "Forest Feeder", you will have the opportunity to help with all types of tasks relating to the rehabilitation of wildlife. These tasks include feeding and weighing animals, cleaning cages, washing dishes, and other various tasks.
Experienced volunteers may be trained to provide ICU care to different wildlife. These animals may have faced trauma, dehydration, acute illness, or broken bones, and require intensive care during their stay in the Animal Care Program. To receive ICU training, you must be 18 years or older, have worked at least 20 hours in the program, and must be pre-approved by the management team. For more info, email [email protected]
Wise Owl volunteers work our admissions desk at TWRC Wildlife Center. As a Wise Owl volunteer you run the TWRC Hotline, assisting the public over the phone for different wildlife situations. In addition, Wise Owls admit, identify, and triage the wildlife brought in by rescuers. Wise Owl volunteers must be at least 18 years or older. Wise Owl opportunities are typically invitation only.