Volunteer Opportunities

The Wildlife 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 3,500 animals 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 receive a second chance at life in the wild.

The Wildlife Center encourages the partnership of employees and volunteers to offer the most up-to-date and comprehensive animal care possible. Volunteers contribute their time, unique talents, and a deep commitment to the natural environment to provide 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 Center does require one’s time and commitment. Please review all of our volunteering opportunities listed below along with their descriptions and requirements. The Wildlife Center also asks individuals to be able to make a 6 month commitment.

All volunteers must also meet the following requirements

  • Those interested in volunteering or providing service hours must contact the Wildlife Center’s Volunteer Manager, Jenna Ladie at jladie@humaneanimalrescue.org.
  • Provide documentation of a current tetanus shot
  • Provide current photo identification (if applicable)
  • Provide a copy of current PA Act 34 Criminal Background Check (if applicable)
  • Documentation of the rabies pre-exposure vaccination series and rabies certification by the PA Game Commission are 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
  • Animal Care and Receptionist Volunteers must be able to commit to one 4 hour shift each week.
  • Quality Care Volunteers must commit to one 2 hour shift each week.
  • Have a valid email address for correspondence
  • Must be able to meet all position requirements as detailed in the volunteer descriptions located at the bottom of this page

Age Guidelines

  • Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age.
  • Volunteers between the ages of 13-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and cannot be permitted to work directly with animals, but are welcome to assist with Quality Care activities.
  • Volunteers between the ages of 16-17 cannot 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).

In addition to regular volunteer duties, all volunteers are expected to help at public appearances, fundraisers, and other daily projects.

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

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Animal Care Volunteer

Education & Outreach Volunteer

Project Volunteer

Quality Care Volunteer & Team

Wildlife Receptionist