TWRC Wildlife Center is now accepting volunteers!
We rely greatly on our volunteers for the daily operations of the organization. Join us for a Volunteer Interest Meeting to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved. Our volunteer process involves an application review, a mandatory Orientation that covers best practices for volunteering at TWRC, and additional training in your area of interest.
Below you will find our Fall Calendar outlining the dates for our Interest Meetings and Orientations. All prospective volunteers are required to attend an Interest Meeting prior to attending Orientation. If you are interested in volunteering, RSVP with your preferred date by emailing [email protected].
Scroll down to view more details on how our volunteers help us in achieving our Mission.
Volunteer Interest Meeting
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:
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 our Wise Owl volunteers help with accepting animal admission and where Critter Care works with our Animal Ambassadors.
- The Animal Care Program is where we house admitted wildlife for onsite rehabilitation.
- Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
- Commit to one 4-hour shift per week.
- Volunteers pay a $40 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.
- New volunteers are required to attend an orientation that covers all aspects of volunteering with TWRC Wildlife Center
- Appreciation of all wild animals.
- A clear understanding of TWRC Wildlife Center's mission.
- Ability to follow instructions and willingness to assist wherever needed. All volunteers will be expected to clean cages, wash dishes, complete laundry, clean floors, etc.
- Patience and ability to communicate and work with others.
- Physical ability to spend 4 hours standing, walking, bending, twisting, and lifting.
- Reliable and punctual
- All volunteers should obtain an updated tetanus shot.
- Critter Care and Animal Care Program volunteers must be able to handle both live and dead insects.
- Carcass feeding - feeding portions or whole (dead) prey - is one of the ways we enrich animals' lives to support their physical, mental, and social health and to stimulate natural behaviors in the wild. Some animals in Critter Care and the Animal Care Program receive whole prey in their diets.
- Please know that peanuts and other tree nuts are used in the diets of our animals and those with allergies may be frequently exposed.
Wise Owl volunteers work our animal admissions desk at TWRC Wildlife Center. As a Wise Owl volunteer you will run the TWRC Animal Hotline, assisting the public over the phone through different wildlife situations. In addition, Wise Owls are responsible for admitting, identifying, and safely transfering wildlife brought in by rescuers. Wise Owl opportunities are typically invitation only.
Our Critter Care Crew (formerly known as Lizard Lounge) works in the Center where the TWRC Ambassador Animals reside. This is the first thing the public will see when they come through the door, so it is imperative that it be maintained to the highest standards. Our ambassador animals are critical to the success of our education program and deserve the best quality diets as well as a variety of enrichment activities.
This volunteer position is responsible for the daily feeding and care of all ambassador animals. In addition, Critter Care volunteers are also responsible for washing dishes and crates, animal laundry, assembling animal aquaria, diet preparation, and other activities that support the center as a whole.
Animal Care Program (Limited Opportunities)
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, etc.
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 have worked at least 20 hours in the program and must be pre-approved by the management team.
Animal Care volunteers need to be reliable in their commitment. We are a working wildlife hospital and expect animal care volunteers to show up for their shift as scheduled. Your presence is crucial in making sure the patients get the proper care. If your schedule is unpredictable or if you have situations in your life at the present moment that may cause you to be frequently absent, please consider volunteering in a different capacity.
Interested in Volunteering?
Below you will find the link to complete your volunteer registration. Only volunteers who have completed the orientation process will be given the passcode to complete their registration. Returning volunteers should complete registration for their dues by December 31st for the following year.