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.
Please read this page for important information about our volunteer opportunities. 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. NOTE: Minimum age for volunteers is 18.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly schedule and complete a 4 hours shift. Shift times are 8am to noon, or 10 am to 2 pm. We will include a list of open shift days and times with the questionnaire.
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!
For people who are only available during the summer, 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.
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.
The work at our facility is physically demanding. It is essential that volunteers can bend, squat, stand for significant periods of time, hear if an animal is in distress or otherwise could pose a threat, communicate effectively and follow directions (both written and oral), show good judgment, and can remain calm in stressful situations. Exposure to zoonotic diseases is a risk, so it is not recommended that individuals with compromised immune system volunteer.
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.