We are now recruiting for the 2022 Spring & Summer baby season!
If you have an interest in helping native wildlife, please read through all the details below, including the Volunteer Manual, before signing up to attend the virtual Volunteer Information Session.
First: Read the Job Description Thoroughly!
Job Title: Volunteer Wildlife Care Assistant
Time Commitment: Because work in animal care requires a significant amount of training, we ask for a minimum 4 month commitment, 4 hours/week. Volunteers are scheduled to work the same shift every week.
Wildlife Care Assistants begin volunteering at the Wildlife Center at the beginning of one of these three sessions, which are based on the seasonal cycles of wildlife:
- Spring Baby Season (March – June)
- Summer/Fall Baby Season (July – October)
- Winter Season (November – February)
Volunteers must sign up for a regular, weekly shift and attend these for the entirety of that session.
Volunteers who complete their 4-month commitment and who meet set criteria may be given the opportunity to learn more advanced animal handling and medical skills if they choose to stay on.
Shifts are available seven days a week at the following times:
8am – 12pm (available year-round)
4pm – 8pm (available ~ 4/15 – 9/30)
Please be aware that some shifts have a greater need, and placement will be where the need is greatest.
Wildlife Care Assistants work alongside our expert staff rehabilitators at the Wildlife Center to assist with the daily cleaning, weighing, care, and feeding of injured, ill, and orphaned native Washington wildlife patients. Tasks vary throughout the year, coinciding with the seasonal cycles of our local wildlife.
Year round, volunteers will spend much of their time cleaning and setting up cages, doing laundry and dishes, general cleaning and sanitizing, sweeping, mopping, and maintaining a clean hospital environment. Volunteers also prepare and deliver diets (which can include live insects and dead prey) for patients, assist staff with animal care, and complete maintenance, husbandry, and special cleaning projects. In the spring and summer sessions, duties may also include hand-feeding young mammals and nestling and juvenile songbirds.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Completion of Volunteer Information Session, onsite Wildlife Center orientation, and basic skills training with Wildlife Center staff
- Able to bend, lift, carry 30 pounds, and stand/walk while doing strenuous activities for most of the volunteer shift
- Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Be able to work cooperatively with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and interns of all ages and backgrounds
- Reliable and prompt for shifts
- Can successfully work in an extremely busy, ever-changing, and fast-paced environment
- Capable of working under limited supervision after fully trained
- Comfortable approaching staff with questions and asking for direction when needed
- Open to learning from coaching and on-the-job training
- Understanding the first priority at all times is the patients’ health and quality of life
- A superior attention to detail
- Good judgment
Second: Read the Volunteer Manual
If this position sounds like a great fit, please read the Wildlife Care Volunteer Manual for additional information.
Finally: Register for a Wildlife Volunteer Information Session
This two-hour Zoom session, presented by our lead Wildlife Center Staff, will provide you with great detail about the kinds of animals we care for, what each season looks like, the requirements and expectations set for our volunteers, and what a typical day at the center looks like during baby season. If you are considering joining our team, this will give you an in-depth look behind the scenes and prepare you for what to expect! The presentation takes place Saturday, February 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.