Volunteering at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center: Our volunteers are extremely important to us. As a non profit organization, we could not do this without the support of our volunteer staff. During the peak season (May to September), we need many volunteers each week to keep up with the work and patient load. We depend on donations and therefore have only a small paid staff. Wildlife rehabilitation is not funded by the state or federal government. Therefore, your tax deductible donations and volunteer time are critical to our success.
Step 1: Please read this page for important information about our volunteer opportunities.
Step 2: If after reading this information below, you think you would be a good fit to our volunteer base, please click here to send us an email and we will send you a questionnaire to complete.
Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly schedule for 6 months.
PLEASE NOTE: We currently have the following open volunteer positions:
Tuesdays - 1 opening 8 am - noon
Thursdays – 1 opening 8 am - noon
Wednesdays - 1 opening 10am - 2pm (must first work 2 weeks during the 8am to noon shift to train)
Saturdays – 2 openings 8 am to noon
Sundays – 1 opening 8 am - noon, and 1 opening 10 am to 2 pm (you must first work and train two weeks from 8 am to noon, and then will be moved to 10 am shift time.)
Please check back as we will be adding more volunteer positions for the baby season as needed.
We will train you to do a variety of tasks. Volunteers are responsible for many things that are critical to assisting in our rehabilitation efforts. Everyday assistance is needed with cleaning and sanitizing enclosures and other areas, washing dishes, doing laundry, and preparing food for our resident animals and patients. Because of the training required, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 6 months, but it is our hope you will love it as much as we do and stay season to season!
Seasonal Volunteer: For people who are only available for a few months, such as summer break, this is a good option. We ask you to commit to a weekly shift to help fill the expanded need for people during our busiest baby season months. We welcome those volunteers to return annually.
Minimum Age: Our minimum age for volunteers is 18. We will have volunteer positions available for some high school students (age 16 and up) during our summer season. Students wishing to volunteer in the summertime will be expected to work over the duration of the summer break. We will only have space for a few students. If you wish to be considered for one of these summer positions, please send us an email and we will send you a questionnaire. (see email link above in Step 2)
Skills: You do not need experience with animals. You will be trained to clean our enclosures and prepare diets. You must be able to work with all types of people and maintain a professional demeanor at all times. You must be able to follow directions, and take correction as needed. These things are critical to your safety and the well being of our animal patients.
Our mission is to rehabilitate wild animals, so they may be released back into their natural habitats. Some volunteers come and expect to "interact" with the animals but, this is not allowed. We do whatever we can to limit our interactions with the patients at the center. For their safety, it is best to keep wild animals, wild. Strict guidelines established by the state and federal government regulate the work we do.