Wild Care’s Volunteer Opportunities
*Baby Bird Program (16+)
Season: Wild Care’s Baby Bird Program typically runs from late May through late August.
Commitment: We require a commitment to a three-hour shift, one day per week, for a minimum of ten weeks.
Details: Our baby bird volunteers help raise infant songbirds in three-hour shifts between 6am and 6pm every day. The birds must all be hand-fed a special formula, and be offered appropriate food dishes, such as worms, fruit, veggies, and seed. Their care also includes cleaning/disinfecting cages, dishes, and laundry, as well as changing linens, water, and food plates. Volunteers should be prepared to get a little dirty in this department. We ask our volunteers to communicate with staff if any questions or concerns arise with the birds, or if something exciting occurs, such as a bird that’s starting to self-feed!! (Baby Bird Program Volunteers aged 16 and 17 years of age, must come to their shift with a guardian/partner aged 18 years or older.)
*Clinic Program (18+)
(Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! A large part of this volunteer opportunity entails cleaning for many species of animals.)
Season: Wild Care’s Intensive Care Clinic Program is year round, 365 days per year.
Commitment: We require a commitment to a three-hour shift, one day per week, for a minimum of six months.
Details: Our clinic volunteers are an invaluable resource and uphold the functionality of the clinic by cleaning/disinfecting laundry, dishes, crates, habitats, floors and aviaries. Other tasks may include setting up habitats, grocery shopping, preparing food dishes, and occasionally helping with animal restraint. Volunteers should be prepared to get a little dirty in this department.
*Rescue/Transport Program (18+)
Season: Wild Care’s Rescue/Transport Program is year round, 365 days per year.
Commitment: We require a flexible schedule, availability, and a year-round or seasonal commitment to be a part of our rescue team.
Details: Wild Care receives a large volume of phone calls every day, regarding wildlife in distress. The callers are not always able to capture and/or transport animals to our center. We rely heavily upon our rescue team to go retrieve these animals in need of rehabilitation. Wild Care requires volunteers to be “on call,” which means fairly available during business hours. We will try and work within the volunteer’s schedule, and call on days and times when they are typically available. Our accelerated response time contributes to a higher chance of survival for wildlife in need of immediate rescue. Rescue volunteers should have a reliable means of transportation and a somewhat flexible schedule. Volunteers should be prepared to get a little dirty in this department. Appropriate training will be provided.
*Events Volunteer (18+)
Season: Wild Care’s Events Program is year round. Wild Care often hosts more than 15 events per year.
Commitment: We require a minimum commitment of six months being on call for events help.This position is often on an as-needed basis, with some months being busier than others.
Details: Event volunteers play a critical role at Wild Care, helping our Marketing and Events Coordinator and Wild Care to be present in the community. Event volunteers help to execute events with planning, coordinating, and being present at events. Specific event tasks may include: selling merchandise and tickets, managing raffles and auctions, setting up and cleaning up at events, and participating in the events. Event volunteers should be outgoing and good with the public.
*Fundraising Volunteer (18+)
Season: Wild Care’s Fundraising Program is year round, 365 days per year.
Commitment: We require a commitment of six months being on call for fundraising help. There is a monthly Fundraising Committee Meeting that occurs on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM in Brewster. This position is often on an as-needed basis, with some months being busier than others. Workload is self-directed.
Details: Fundraising volunteers play a critical role at Wild Care, helping our Executive Director with planning, coordinating and executing fundraisers. Tasks may include brainstorming fundraising ideas, donor solicitation, assisting with appeals, grants and other fundraising methods. Fundraising volunteers should be outgoing and good with public relations.
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Flight of a Flicker
By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator & Internship Coordinator Photos By Kerry Reid Our Office Admin Kerry, rushed to Wild Care last week with a bird that had just struck a window at her house. It was a female Northern Flicker. She kREAD ALL NEWS
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Wild Care has a state-of-the-art seabird therapy pool, which allows seabirds and waterfowl to exercise on running water. This will help our bird friends recover more quickly so they can get back to their watery habitats!