Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers for Wildlife offers several types of volunteer opportunities to help support our ever-growing organization. Volunteers may provide daily care for our permanent animal ambassadors, work alongside our rehabilitators caring for current wildlife patients, or go out in the field rescuing and transporting sick, injured, and orphaned animals in need. 

Please note:  We are not accepting new volunteers for Fall 2022.  We welcome you to apply for a position of interest and you will be contacted in early 2023 when we begin our next round of volunteer training classes.

Education Volunteers:

Volunteers for Wildlife provides a permanent home to 26 animals with disabilities that prevent their release to the wild. Our Education volunteers help us to provide the highest level of care to these animals.  In addition to animal care, volunteers help us educate the public about Long Island's wildlife, the many challenges they face, and what actions can be taken to help these animals.

Volunteers care for our animal ambassadors consisting of turtles, snakes, squirrels, opossums, doves, hawks, owls, and a crow. Daily responsibilities include cage cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, cage maintenance, and enrichment. Additionally, volunteers are responsible for assisting in general upkeep of the hospital including laundry, dishes, sweeping, and mopping. 

Animal Care & Education volunteers will also have the chance to assist our educators on the many different educational programs we offer. Volunteers will help with transportation, organization, set-up/breakdown of programs and occasional animal handling. Speaking in these programs is not required!

Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old

  • Extremely dependable and punctual attendance

  • One weekly four hour shift

  • Minimum commitment of 6 months (For more intensive, shorter term volunteering, please email info@volunteersforwildlife.org.) 

  • Ability to work on your feet and perform physical work (light lifting and bending) both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Excitement and willingness to learn about local wildlife

 

 

Rescue & Transport

Rescue & Transport volunteers work out in the field to capture, contain, and transport injured and orphaned animals to our hospital. Wildlife also needs to be transported from veterinary hospitals across Long Island to our center.

These volunteers commit to a four-hour shift once weekly where you are "on-call" from the convenience of your own home. If we receive a call on your chosen shift, we will contact you to spring into action to help a wild animal in distress! Animals are then transported to our center in Locust Valley for care.  

Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old

  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Use your own vehicle

  • Complete a safety and training seminar

How Kids Can Help

There are many ways to help our organization if you are under 18 years old!

  • Bake-sales, car washes, or other fundraisers to raise awareness & donations

  • Donation drives for food and/or cleaning supplies. Click here to see a list of needed items

  • Sewing projects for hammocks, nest, and beds for baby mammals and birds

  • Building projects for nestboxes for squirrels and mice and perches for raptors and songbirds

  • Sponsoring a resident education animal

  • Organizing a trip to Volunteers for Wildlife with your school or extracurricular group

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for hardworking and talented individuals to join our team! If you have a special skill including fundraising, handy-work, sewing, or computer work and web design we would love to hear from you!

Please email us at info@volunteersforwildlife.org to discuss your interests!