Volunteers help support the work we do in many different ways. 

If you have any questions, please email us at: info@volunteersforwildlife.org

Completed Volunteer Applications can be sent to:

Volunteer Department

Volunteers for Wildlife

194-A Bayville Road
Locust Valley, NY 11560

Animal Care & Education


Volunteers for Wildlife provides a permanent home to 25 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 will care for resident education animals including:

turtles, snakes, ducks, doves, crows, squirrels, opossums, and raptors (hawks, owls, falcons). Animal care is hard work! Responsibilities include cage cleaning, general hospital upkeep (sweeping, mopping and laundry) and cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, cage maintenance, and enrichment.


Volunteers have the opportunity to assist our Educators on our exciting educational programs.   Volunteers help with organizing groups, transport, setting up/break down and occasional animal handling.  (Speaking is not required!)



  • 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


Click here to apply for an Animal Care & Education volunteer position.

Please include a copy of your resume in your application packet. 

Rescue & Transport

Rescue & Transport volunteers work out in the field to capture, contain, and transport injured and orphaned animals to our hospital. Wildlife also need 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 an a wild animal in distress!  Animals are then transported to our center in Locust Valley for care.  



  • Minimum age of 18 years old

  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Use your own vehicle

  • Complete a safety and training seminar


Click here to apply for a Rescue & Transport volunteer position.


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 animals, 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, general hospital upkeep and cleaning, diet preparation, feeding, and handling/restraining animals during medical treatments.



  • Minimum age of 18 years old

  • Extremely dependable and punctual attendance

  • Two weekly shifts of 8am-12pm (same days 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

  • Emotional stability to work with critically injured animals

  • Strong interest in local wildlife and/or wildlife conservation


Click here to apply for a Rehabilitation volunteer position.

Please include a copy of your resume in the application packet.


Please note: Rehabilitation volunteer positions are competitive.


How Kids Can Help:


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


-Bake sales or car washes to raise awareness & donations

-Donation drives for food and/or cleaning supplies (we can provide an item list)

-Sewing projects such as hammocks or fleece beds for baby wildlife

-Building projects such as nestboxes for squirrels or mice, and perches for songbirds or raptors (we can provide a material list and plans)

-Sponsoring a resident education animal

Other Volunteer Opportunities:
We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team.   if you have a special skill including:  fundraising, handy work, sewing and computer work and web design
We would love to hear from you!
Email us at info@volunteersforwildlife.org to discuss your interests!


Volunteer Opportunities