Wild Care’s Volunteer Opportunities
*WordPress Website Volunteer (18+)
Season: Year round.
Commitment: We require a commitment of 6 months, 2-4 hours per week.
Details: Wild Care is seeking a volunteer to help with ongoing maintenance of our WordPress website, as well as adding timely events and noteworthy news items. This is a remote opportunity that you can do from your home on your flexible schedule. Must be competent adding and removing text and media in WordPress, updating fonts, building pages, creating posts and tables, adding pre-designed graphics – AND making it all look fabulous and user friendly. Our website is viewed by over 40,000 people annually.
*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! This volunteer opportunity largely entails cleaning. This includes disinfecting animal crates and cages, washing dishes, doing laundry, and washing floors. While it might not seem glamorous, this role is integral for allowing our staff to focus on the animals. You will go home feeling good knowing that all the animals have clean crates and food dishes and linens, thanks to you! We could not do our life saving work without our Clinic Volunteers.
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. Keep in mind that our ICU Clinic is where animals are admitted and examined. You will have opportunities to see the animals that are being cared for.
*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.
We are experiencing rare occasions when this application is not received by us. If you do not hear back within one week please send a follow up email to: [email protected].
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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!