Volunteer at the Wildlife Center
The Wildlife Center is a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitation clinic. We specialize in the care and treatment of injured, orphaned, and ill native wildlife. Each year, over 3,500 animals are admitted to our clinic with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Our volunteers provide an invaluable service by donating their time and talents to ensure that the animals under our care receive the best treatment and receive a second chance at life in the wild.
The Wildlife Center encourages the partnership of employees and volunteers to offer the most up-to-date and comprehensive animal care possible. Volunteers contribute their time, unique talents, and a deep commitment to the natural environment to provide excellent animal husbandry, daily enrichment, and engaging community outreach. Their efforts enable the staff to concentrate and to cultivate new skills to further enhance the support offered to injured and orphaned wildlife as well as resident, wildlife education ambassadors.
Volunteers receive hands on training, and will gain experience working with Pennsylvania’s native wildlife all while helping to save lives! Volunteering at the Wildlife Center does require one’s time and commitment. Please review all of our volunteering opportunities listed below along with their descriptions and requirements. The Wildlife Center also asks individuals to be able to make a 6 month commitment.
All volunteers must also meet the following requirements
- Those interested in Animal Care, Education & Outreach, Quality Care, and/or the Wildlife Receptionist position must attend an information session. Dates of upcoming sessions are listed below and will be held in the Wildlife Center’s Habitat Building located at 6000 Verona Road Verona, PA 15147. Applicants interested in becoming Project Volunteers do not need to attend the information session, but will need to coordinate their project(s) directly with the Volunteer Manager. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
- Provide documentation of a current tetanus shot
- Provide current photo identification (if applicable)
- Provide a copy of current PA Act 34 Criminal Background Check (if applicable)
- 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 interested in working with Rabies Vector Species (RVS) animals (i.e. coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bats, groundhogs, and skunks).
- Be able to provide your own transportation
- Animal Care and Receptionist Volunteers must be able to commit to one 4 hour shift each week.
- Quality Care Volunteers must commit to one 2 hour shift each week.
- Have a valid email address for correspondence
- Must be able to meet all position requirements as detailed in the volunteer descriptions
- Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age.
- Volunteers between the ages of 13-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and cannot be permitted to work directly with animals, but are welcome to assist with Quality Care activities.
- Volunteers between the ages of 16-17 cannot be permitted to work with raptors or adult mammals.
- Volunteers over the age of 18 will be extended the opportunity to work with all Non-Rabies Vector Species (unless provided with proper certifications and vaccinations).
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
Due the volume of injured and orphaned animals we accept during the spring/summer season, we are not able to accept incoming volunteers at this time. Sessions for prospective volunteers will begin again in the fall. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-345-7300 x509.