Volunteer Opportunities

Jenna Ladie, jladie@animalrescue.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.

wlc1The 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:

  • Prospective volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers aged 16-17 will not be permitted to work with raptors or adult mammals. Persons 18 years and older will be permitted to work with 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.
  • Volunteer applicants must attend an information session if interested in Animal Care, Quality Care, and Reception & Intake positions. Dates of upcoming sessions are listed below and will be held in the Habitat Building located at 6000 Verona Road Verona, PA 15147. Individuals do not need to bring anything with them. Applicants interested in becoming a Project Volunteer do not need to attend the information session, but will coordinate their project(s) directly with the Volunteer Manager. For more information, please contact jladie@animalrescue.org.

All volunteers must also meet the following requirements:

  • Provide 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 are required if 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.
  • Have a valid email address for correspondence.
  • Must be able to meet all position requirements as detailed in the volunteer descriptions below.

In addition to regular volunteer duties, all 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.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Please Note: You must register to attend volunteer information sessions by contacting jladie@animalrescue.org or 412-345-7300 x509.

Sunday, October 16th at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm
Saturday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm

Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 pm
Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 pm

Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm
Sunday, November 20th at 1:00 pm

Saturday, January 7th at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 pm

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Animal Care Volunteer

Project Volunteer

Quality Care Volunteer

Wildlife Receptionist Volunteer (urgent need)

Event and Education Volunteer