Volunteering at WildCare

Lend A Hand

As a nonprofit organization we depend upon the commitment of over 400 volunteers to help staff our programs, including our core animal aid and education programs. Each year over 35,000 hours of time are given to educate 55,000 Bay Area children and adults and treat more than 4,000 wild animals. If you care deeply about the connection with wildlife and want to help ensure a healthy coexistence between humans and animals, please volunteer. All training is provided.

Nature Hikes

Become a Terwilliger Nature Guide

(For ages 18 and over)

Learn the renowned teaching techniques of Elizabeth Terwilliger! Get to know the plants, animals, habitats, and ecology of Marin and Sonoma counties, then share that knowledge with eager students by leading discovery hikes full of exploration and adventure. Click to learn more…

Examining a hawk's wing. Photo by Alison Hermance

Be a Wildlife Hospital Volunteer

(For ages 15 and over)

Join our Wildlife Hospital team and learn to feed, handle, care for and release over 200 species of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals. Hospital Volunteers with a year of experience are eligible to become foster caregivers, providing round-the-clock care to orphaned baby animals. Click to learn more…

Double-crested Cormorant. Photo by Patty Spinks

Be a Wildlife Ambassador Volunteer

(For ages 15 and over, current volunteers only)

WildCare is home to 22 educational animals. These animals can no longer survive in the wild and now serve as Ambassadors for their species, educating thousands of Bay Area children and adults each year. They require daily feeding, care, enrichment and training to give them the best life possible.

Wildlife Ambassador Volunteers have the opportunity to learn handling techniques, including manning raptors and positive reinforcement training techniques. They also are able to provide valuable and entertaining educational messages to the public on a daily basis. Click here to learn more…

 

Student Volunteers at WildCare

Teen volunteers at WildCare. Photo by JoLynn Taylor

Teen volunteers working with a Wildlife Ambassador opossum.

Fulfill Your School’s Educational Community Service Hours

(For Middle School and High School students ages 12 – 18)

WildCare’s Young Adult Community Service and Teen Volunteer Programs create a unique bond between adults and young people. You will help others and gain valuable experience while earning community service hours!

Young Adult Community Service Volunteer (Ages 12 – 14)
Students ages 12 through 14 work as support to hospital staff and volunteers to help wildlife and the environment through helping our wildlife hospital team.  Young Adult Community Service Volunteers provide much needed basic services such as laundry and dishes, services needed to operate a successful wildlife hospital.

Summer Nature Camp Assistants (for ages 14 – 18)
High school students ages 14 – 18 will work with our camp teachers to provide fun and exciting nature and wildlife experiences for young children attending WildCare’s Summer Wildlife Camps.

Teen Hospital Volunteer (Ages 15 – 17)
Students ages 15 through 17 learn species identification, hygiene and safety precautions, physical therapy regimens and feeding techniques in the Wildlife Hospital. Hospital staff and volunteers work together to accommodate the feeding and cleaning requirements of each wildlife patient.

Teen Support Volunteer (Ages 15 – 17)
WildCare’s Teen Support Volunteers help with ad hoc and ongoing projects such as computer support, data entry, event planning and staffing, and general maintenance.

Click to learn more…

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Reach Out as an Outreach Volunteer (age 18 and older)

Outreach volunteers help WildCare interpret its mission by engaging the public at community events. Outreach volunteers are given training in interpretation and communication and work with a staff member and other volunteers to represent WildCare and spread the word about our important work! Click to learn more…

 

Interns look at an x-ray. Photo by Trish Carney

Gain Experience as an Intern

Wildlife Hospital Interns have the opportunity to work hands-on with our wild patients and gain extensive experience learning from our medical staff. WildCare offers unpaid internships in our wildlife rehabilitation hospital during the spring and summer months. Click to learn more…

Volunteer Services Interns get extensive experience helping with administrative tasks; preparing and executing events; managing database of contacts and volunteers; updating collateral and blog posts and much more. Click to learn more…

Releasing a cormorant

Provide a Release Site

WildCare treats nearly 4,000 animals every year, and those that survive injuries, illness or orphaning are released back into the wild! Sometimes the place an animal was found isn’t an ideal place to release him (near a busy highway, for instance), so we must find a suitable spot within a mile of where he was found. Email us to have your property listed as a potential release site and help us help animals even after they’re released!

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Be a Transport Volunteer (age 18 and older)

WildCare’s Transport volunteers provide safe passage for our patients by safely transporting animals in their cars to other facilities—or to be released. They also transport and distribute newsletters and pick up equipment and supplies when the need arises. No long-term commitment necessary.  This opportunity is perfect for someone with a busy schedule! Learn more and sign up…

(For volunteers age 18 and older. Must be able to provide a copy of a driver’s license and proof of insurance)

Outreach volunteers at work. Photo by Alison Hermance

Be a Support Volunteer

WildCare’s Support Volunteers help with ad hoc and ongoing projects such as computer support, data entry, event planning and staffing, and general maintenance. Support volunteers can also help WildCare by lending their professional skills to areas such as fundraising and photography. If you are looking to volunteer and make a difference to WildCare without the time commitments or specific duties required by our rehabilitation hospital and nature education volunteer programs, there are many other volunteer support opportunities that can use skills you already have. Support volunteers are notified via email when the need for help and opportunities arise. To join our Support Team, click here…