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. 

Animal Care & Education

Volunteers for Wildlife provides a permanent home to 26 animals with disabilities that prevent their release to the wild. Our animal care & 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 shift of either 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm (same shift each week)

  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

  • 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

  • Comfort speaking to the public and interest in engaging with visitors

  • Desire to attend education programs and assist as needed

 

 

 

Please include a copy of your resume in your application

Rehabilitation

Volunteers for Wildlife admits roughly 2,200 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. These animals are all in critical condition and require expert care. They are highly sensitive, very stressed, and are only cared for by experienced volunteers and staff.

Rehabilitation is fast-paced and includes work with a large number of different species! Responsibilities include cage cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, and handling/restraining animals during medical treatments. Additionally, volunteers are responsible for assisting in general upkeep of the hospital including laundry, dishes, sweeping, and mopping. 

Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old

  • Extremely dependable and punctual attendance

  • Two weekly shifts of 8am-12pm (same day each week) or one weekly shift of 8am-4pm (same day each week) 

  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

  • Previous animal experience, preferably with wildlife or exotic animals

  • Ability to work on your feet and do some heavy lifting

  • Understanding the need to give each animal a quiet, clean, comfortable, and stress-free environment

  • Strong interest in local wildlife and/or wildlife conservation

 

Please include a copy of your resume in your application

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!

194-A Bayville Road Locust Valley, NY 11560

(516) 674-0982

info@volunteersforwildlife.org

Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization. Copies of our annual audited financial statements as well as annual IRS 990 and NY State CHAR500 reports can be accessed on the NYS Attorney General's Charity website http://www.charitiesnys.com.

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