Volunteer at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Humane Animal Rescue’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitation clinic. We specialize in the care and treatment of injured, orphaned, and ill native wildlife. Each year, over 4,000 animals comprising of nearly 150 species are admitted to our clinic with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Our volunteers provide an invaluable service by donating their time and talents to ensure that the animals under our care receive the best treatment and a second chance at life in the wild.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center encourages the partnership of employees and volunteers to offer the most up-to-date and comprehensive animal care possible. Volunteers contribute a deep commitment to the natural environment to provide by providing excellent animal husbandry, daily enrichment, and engaging community outreach. Their efforts enable the staff to concentrate and to cultivate new skills to further enhance the support offered to injured and orphaned wildlife as well as resident, wildlife education ambassadors.

Volunteers receive hands on training and will gain experience working with Pennsylvania’s native wildlife all while helping to save lives! Volunteering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center does require one’s time and commitment. Please review all of our volunteering information and opportunities listed below. Thank you in advance for being interested in volunteering!

  • Provide documentation of a current tetanus shot
  • Valid PA Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance (not applicable if under 18)
  • Valid PA Act 34 Criminal Background Check (not applicable if under 18)
  • Documentation of the rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccine series and rabies certification by the PA Game Commission are only required if interested in working with Rabies Vector Species (RVS) animals (i.e. coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bats, groundhogs, and skunks).
  • Be able to provide your own transportation
  • Must have regular access to the internet and have an email account for volunteering correspondence
  • Must be able to meet all position requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to work in the center.
  • Volunteers between the ages of 13-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. They are welcome to assist with Quality Care duties and Baby Bird Feeding in the summer. Please see positions below for more details.
  • Volunteers between the ages of 16-17 will not be permitted to work with birds of prey or adult mammals.
  • Volunteers over the age of 18 will be extended the opportunity to work with all Non-Rabies Vector Species (unless provided with proper certifications and vaccinations to work with RVS).

Most of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s volunteering opportunities at the center require a weekly shift to provide consistent care to our patients. Volunteer shifts are 2 to 4 hours in length. We also require a year’s commitment for any animal care or husbandry positions.

Ready to get started?

HAR Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Volunteer Opportunities

The patients and wildlife education ambassadors at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center require daily care. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s medical staff is responsible for all intensive care and volunteers contribute a great deal towards supportive care. Opportunities range in commitment and responsibilities. Brief descriptions of volunteer positions are listed below. Most of our volunteering opportunities require attendance at a volunteer information session. Information sessions are held monthly from September through April. Seasonal volunteers will need to attend an information session and complete the required nursery training classes.

Animal Care

Animal Care volunteers help with the daily husbandry duties of patients (excluding Rabies Vector Species) and residents. Duties include cleaning cages and enclosures, preparing diets, providing enrichment, and dishes/laundry. General Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old; valid tetanus vaccine; 4 hour weekly shift: 9 am – 1 pm or 12 pm – 4 pm; 4 pm – 8 pm shifts available from May-September. Attendance at an information session is also required. Applications for this position are accepted from September –April. We do not accept applications for this position from May-August due to the high number of patient intakes that our center receives.

Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Animal Care

RVS Animal Care volunteers help with the daily husbandry duties of rabies vector species: raccoons, foxes, coyotes, groundhogs, skunks, and bats. Duties include physically cleaning cages and enclosures, preparing diets, providing enrichment, and dishes/laundry. RVS Animal Care Volunteers must have their rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis and have an up-to-date titer. Individuals must also be willing to attend Pennsylvania Game Commission RVS State Certification Class. General Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old; valid tetanus vaccine; 4 hour weekly shift: 9 am – 1 pm or 12 pm – 4 pm; 4 pm – 8 pm shifts available from May-September. Attendance at an information session is also required. *RVS Animal Care Volunteers will be trained to work with all species under the center’s care as well. Applications for this position are accepted year-round!

Patient Intake & Office Support

Volunteers in this position will assist with patient documentation, greeting members of the public, and administrative duties as needed. Customer service experience is considered to be a plus. General Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old; valid tetanus vaccine; valid rabies titer a plus; 4 hour weekly shift from 8 am–4 pm or 12 pm–4 pm. Applications for this position are accepted year-round.

Quality Care

Quality Care volunteers do not work directly with any animals. They assist daily operations by preparing diets as well as preparing baby formulas and other species specific foods. Individuals will also assist with dishes, laundry, and general cleaning. General Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old to work independently, 13 – 15 year olds can join up with a parent as part of the Quality Care Team position as well; minimum of 2 hour weekly shift from 8 am – 4 pm. Shifts available 8 am – 8 pm from May-September. Attendance at an information session will be helpful but not required. This opportunity is open year-round.

Transport Driver

There are times when members of the public aren’t able to bring an injured animal to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, but are able to make it to one of our domestic shelters. Transport volunteers would pick up animals in need at our north and east domestic shelter locations and drive them to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Must have valid driver’s license and own transportation. General Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old; individuals will be notified if animal is need of transportation. Attendance at an information session is helpful but not required. This opportunity is open year-round.

Project Volunteer

The project volunteer opportunity is a woodworking and maintenance focused position. Individuals will have different options available depending upon the need of the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as available projects change frequently. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old, valid tetanus vaccine is recommended, and general maintenance knowledge is beneficial. This opportunity is available year-round.

Seasonal Nursery Positions

Nursery positions are available from May through September. Individuals are welcome to volunteer with more than one species. See position description and guidelines below.

Rabbit Nursery Attendant

Volunteers assist with stimulating, weighing, cleaning, feeding, enriching, and/or formula preparation for infant Eastern cottontail rabbits. General Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old; attend appropriate orientation & training class; 2 hour weekly shift: 8 am – 10 am or 5 pm – 7 pm.

Squirrel Nursery Attendant

Volunteers will assist with the hand feeding, cleaning, bathing, stimulating, and weighing of infant squirrels under the center’s care. General Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old; attend appropriate orientation & training class; 3 hour weekly shift: 7 am – 10 am; 10 am – 1 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm.

Baby Bird Feeders

Volunteers will assist with the hand feeding, cleaning, and enriching of a variety of native songbirds. General Requirements: Must be at least 13 years old: 13-15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. 3 hour weekly shift; 8 am – 11 am; 11 am – 1 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm.

Service Hours

If you are interested in providing service hours due to required community service, court-ordered hours, or a day of service, please contact hberkey@humaneanimalrescue.org for any available opportunities.

Wildlife Hotline Volunteer

Volunteers in this position help to play an integral role in the function of the hotline by ensuring that situations of concern are dealt with immediately and counseling callers about wildlife interactions. Customer service skills are required. General Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old; 4 hour weekly shift from 8 am–4 pm or 12 pm–4 pm. Applications for this position are accepted year-round.

Ready to join?

Here’s how to get started:

Please submit a completed prospective volunteer questionnaire and attach a letter of interest. The next volunteer information session is on 1/18/20 at 11:00am at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

*Please note that our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is located in Verona, Pennsylvania.

Volunteering is a privilege and our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center reserves the right to refuse any applicant and to terminate any volunteer at any time.

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Wildlife Volunteer Questionnaire

Please complete the following questions to submit initial interest in volunteering.

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Wildlife Volunteer Questionnaire

Please complete the following questions to submit initial interest in volunteering.

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Explore some of the most commonly asked questions regarding wildlife.

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