Animal Care

By far this is the most popular way to volunteer with Wildwoods. It’s a life-altering thing to hold a helpless animal in your hands and help them heal, grow, and finally be released to live the life they were meant to live.

Examples of the types of animals you will be frequently working with are small orphaned mammals, nestling song birds, ducklings and fawns. You may also have the opportunity to work alongside staff members on a variety of injured wildlife species.

Volunteers are critical to the efficient running of Wildwoods. There are many tasks that need to be completed on a daily and weekly basis. Volunteers not only care for animals hands-on, but are also needed to clean and disinfect cages, wash dishes, fold laundry, prepare food, and clean the facility and common areas. There are no small jobs here at Wildwoods. They are all necessary for the health of the animals as well as for us. We ask that our volunteers have a willingness to help out wherever needed and not only on favored tasks.


Required: An up-to-date tetanus vaccination is required for all staff and volunteers.

Optional: For the safety of our volunteers, a pre-exposure vaccination is required to work with foxes, bats, raccoons, bears, bobcats and mustelids, but is not required for other animals. If you wish to work with rabies-vector species, contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.


  • Diet and food preparation.
  • Basic animal husbandry.
  • Maintain accurate and legible care records.
  • Routine cleaning and sanitation of cages, enclosures and facility.
  • Observe and report changes in or unusual animal behavior.


  • Follow policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a quiet and calm demeanor around wildlife, keeping handling, talking, and loud noises to a minimum.
  • Communicate any schedule changes with the appropriate supervisor.
  • Professionally address any concerns with a staff member.
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Follow proper sanitation procedures.


  • Be willing to consistently commit at least 2 hours of volunteer time a week for the season.
  • Willingness to perform a wide range of tasks.
  • Proof of tetanus vaccination within last 10 years is required.
  • Proof of rabies titer within last 2 years is required if working with rabies vector species.


To apply to be a volunteer:

  1. Attend an Orientation OR view the Online Orientation video
  2. Complete an Application and sign a Release
  3. Chose the area(s) you would like to volunteer
  4. Participate in Continuing Education