Our volunteer needs are varied, and include everything from care and feeding of the animals to cage maintenance and many behind the scene opportunities. The only experience needed is an appreciation for wildlife and an understanding of the importance of volunteering.
Volunteering is not glamorous work, yet it is vital to the care and release of the animals; plus you become our ambassador to the community on education and preservation. Your gift of time will always be appreciated. Training is hands on and given by experienced volunteers.
General Information: During our busy season, March 1st through Oct 31st, there are three basic four-hour shifts: morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon; afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.; and evening from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week. We ask all our volunteers to commit to a weekly schedule at least one day a week, at least one week in advance. Our preference is that you have a set schedule, but we allow for floating shifts if necessary. All scheduling will be discussed in detail during orientation and training. Vacations and other commitments are honored and covered by volunteers working together to substitute for one another. After orientation, volunteers are asked to commit for our entire busy season. This will ensure quality and continuity of care during our most hectic time.
Handler (Hands on): This entails the handling and feeding of animals on a regular basis from infancy to release. You will also be cleaning cages, preparing food, and taking part in other regular shift chores. You will be trained in all aspects of animal handling. The time requirement for this work is a minimum of two shifts per week. This volunteer position involves a serious commitment of time, and requires a volunteer who has both time flexibility and excellent handling skills.
Note: Pre-exposure rabies vaccination is the responsibility of the volunteer. It is recommended for everyone, and is required for anyone wishing to work with raccoons and skunks.
Grounds Caging and Facility Maintenance: All areas need to be maintained on a regular basis. This position may include mowing, trimming, raking and heavy lifting. Our cages and facility may be in need of repair, reworking or improving. This would include skills in carpentry, building and painting. These opportunities are on as as-needed basis at a minimum of once a month to look over these areas and plan/execute repair work.
Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities: These include, but are not limited to, our education and fundraising committees, supply shopping, answering the telephone and general office work.
If none of the above opportunities will work for you but you have a talent or skill that you think might be beneficial to us, please let us know!