Volunteer & Internships at the Wildlife Center
Urgent: Help Needed
Due to a very high number of admissions, our Wildlife Center is urgently seeking volunteers to care for baby birds & to help with laundry & dishes. This is not the traditional volunteer assignment, but will instead have focused training on birds. Those interested in long-term volunteer placement will have the opportunity for additional training in the fall. Training dates are available in the next two weeks. Please contact WLC Volunteer Manager Jenna Ladie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Are you looking for a last minute summer internship? The WLC also has 5 spots left for our Rehab Interns. Students in the biological and environmental sciences fields are preferred. For more information, scroll to the Internship section below. Please contact Wildlife Center Clinic Coordinator Bree Bigelow at email@example.com to apply.
Jenna Ladie, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 412-345-7300 x509 Fax: 412-793-6283
The Animal Rescue League (ARL) Wildlife Center is a clinic for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. The Educational Programs provided to regional residents help to foster an appreciation for conservation and a harmonious existence between individuals and wildlife.
The Volunteer Association of the Wildlife Center includes all active volunteers and meets on the second Saturday of every month. These meetings provide the knowledge required to volunteer and help care for Pennsylvania’s native injured and orphaned wildlife.
The Volunteer Association also offers leadership opportunities. Volunteer-Staff Liaison positions are voted on yearly by active volunteers.
Volunteers receive hands on experience working with Pennsylvania’s native wildlife and have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping injured and orphaned wildlife who probably would not survive without your help.
Before you begin volunteering at the Wildlife Center you must:
- Interested people must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. Volunteers aged 16-17 will not be permitted to work with raptors or adult mammals. Persons 18 years and older are permitted to handle all animals at a staff member’s discretion (except Rabies Vector Species without proper training and vaccinations). Volunteers go through extensive training and must be able to make a 6 month commitment.
- Prospective volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session (no exceptions will be made). Please see upcoming dates below. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
- Give documentation of a current tetanus shot and a current photo ID. Individuals under the age of 18 will need a parent or a guardian to sign for them. Documentation of the rabies pre-exposure vaccination series and rabies certification by the PA Game Commission is required before working with Rabies Vector Species (RVS) animals
- Be able to provide your own transportation.
- Be able to commit to one 4 hour shift a week. Shift commitments may vary with different positions.
All volunteers will be asked to participate in activities other than animal care. Volunteers are expected to help at public appearances, fundraisers, and other daily projects.
Volunteering is a privilege and the Wildlife Center reserves the right to refuse any applicant and to terminate any volunteer at any time.
Upcoming 2015 Volunteer Information Sessions
Please note: You must pre-register to attend! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
- Due to the volume of injured and orphaned animals we accept during the spring and summer months, we are unable to train new Animal Care Volunteers at this time. We are still recruiting volunteers for the following duties: Carpentry, Event/Education, Quality Care, Reception/Intake, & Woodworking. For more information and to apply, please contact email@example.com.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Animal Care Volunteer (New Volunteer Information Sessions are currently on hold. Training will resume in September 2015.)
Bree Bigelow, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 412-345-7300 x500 Fax: 412-793-6283
- We are a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitation center that treats over 2000 animals per year. Our mission is to release healthy animals back into the wild.
- Internships include learning to give comprehensive physical exams, prescribing treatments, providing daily husbandry and nutrition for various native species.
- Interns are taught to properly handle wild animals such as hawks, owls, and various mammals.
- A commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required. The center is open 7 days a week, so scheduling is very flexible.
- Candidates must have excellent communications skills, basic computer skills, and be able to work alone and in groups.
- Students in the biological and environmental sciences fields are preferred.