The goal of Project Wildlife’s rehabilitation efforts is to restore our sick, injured, and orphaned wild patients to full health so that they may be released safely back into their natural habitats. With over 10,000 animals cared for annually, volunteers play a crucial role in these efforts year-round, seven days a week!
Our recruitment period will go from September 1, 2016 - October 15, 2016. To learn more, please attend a Project Wildlife Info Session. Visit our website to RSVP!
PROJECT WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
All volunteers with the Project Wildlife program begin as Care Center Animal Assistants. Animal Assistants each contribute 200 hours a year or more, accumulated on a weekly basis, interacting with medical staff and members of the public in the following ways:
- Caring for resident patients at our Care Center at our Sherman Street location in San Diego. Animals cared for at this location are primarily a variety of small to medium-sized bird species.
- Greet and assist the public with receiving new patients.
- Assist with everyday tasks such as hand-feedings, sanitizing enclosures, and cleaning routines such as dishes, laundry and stocking supplies.
- Be prepared to get dirty, follow staff instruction for safe and effective animal care, and have fun!
- Care Center Animal Assistants who complete a minimum of 48 hours within the first 4 months of service (one weekly recurring shift) may qualify for our advanced Project Wildlife volunteer positions such as Satellite Care teams, Satellite Care Support teams, and our Education team.
REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE PROJECT WILDLIFE PROGRAM:
- Must be at least 17 years of age.
- Animal Assistants must commit to one set Care Center shift per week, with a minimum commitment of one year. Shift lengths vary seasonally between 3 and 4 hours, with three shifts daily.
- Completion of training series and submission of all paperwork prior to hands-on volunteer service with animal patients.
- Ability to stand for extended periods of time and complete a variety of physically demanding tasks in a fast-paced environment.
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER:
- Choose the date below that works best for you to RSVP to one of our Project Wildlife Info Sessions at our San Diego Campus.
- Complete our online interest form during our recruitment period from September 1 - October 15.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will invite you to attend the Project Wildlife Volunteer Info Session. This session will go over the basics of the program and help you decide if Project Wildlife is the right volunteer program for you.
- After the Info Session, those interested in volunteering with Project Wildlife will be invited to complete our online application and working interview.
- Based upon information provided during the interview process, the Volunteer Coordinator will select those whose skills, experience, and availability best meet the needs of Project Wildlife as Care Center Animal Assistants. Those selected for the Project Wildlife program will be emailed an offer to get started with the training process. If this program is not right for you, the Volunteer Engagement team will provide you with other opportunities to get involved with the Humane Society or other Animal Welfare Organizations in San Diego.
- Once accepted into the program as a Care Center Animal Assistant, you will complete a fun and thorough training series. This includes both online and hands-on instruction.
- After your training is complete, you will schedule your weekly recurring shift at the Project Wildlife Care Center and begin your volunteer role as an Animal Assistant!
- Animal Care / Handling
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- One year, with a set weekly shift