Volunteer

Volunteering at Wildwoods is challenging and rewarding. As a Wildwoods volunteer, you’ll come into contact with animals that most people only see through windows, at a distance, or never at all. It’s thrilling, it’s a wonderful privilege, but it’s also a job that comes with great responsibility and often involves less-than-glamorous tasks. We work with sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and the actions we take may mean life or death for them. Volunteers must always keep the best interest of the animals in mind.

What we’re looking for

  • Reliability
  • Self-starters who can take initiative
  • People who can follow instructions and who are not afraid to ask questions and seek help
  • Individuals who agree with our mission, values and goals

Whether you choose to do animal care, transportation, marketing, data entry or anything else, there are a few policies that every volunteer must agree and adhere to.

  • Follow policies and procedures set forth by staff
  • Maintain a quiet and calm demeanor around wildlife. Keep handling, talking, and loud noises to a minimum
  • Communicate any schedule changes with staff, and in a timely manner
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude
  • Follow proper sanitation procedures

Vaccinations

Every volunteer must have proof of a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years. Any volunteer wishing to work with rabies-vector species like raccoons, foxes or bats must provide proof of a rabies vaccination and titer test within the last 2 years.

How to volunteer

  1. Read our volunteer position descriptions to find a good fit for you
  2. Complete an Application
  3. Download and sign a Release form, and bring it with to your interview (which we’ll call to schedule with you after we review your application)
  4. After the interview, you’ll schedule a training shift and begin volunteering!