AWARE Wildlife Center is Atlanta's only dedicated wildlife rehabilitation center helping all species of native Georgia wildlife. We help up to 2,000 injured and orphaned animals every year, and we release 100% of the animals that recover to the point they can take care of themselves back into the wild for a second chance at life.
You can help save these animals by volunteering at our center! Unlike most animal-focused nonprofits, AWARE relies on volunteers to do almost all of the hands-on animal care. You'll be responsible for preparing food, medicating animals, maintaining and cleaning enclosures, and more. (And yes, there is a lot of cleaning!)
Once you gain enough training and skill, you can even become an ambassador handler. Handlers are responsible for the care of our ambassador animals including hawks, owls, bobcats, and more. Each shift, a handler will feed, care for, and provide intellectual enrichment for each ambassador animal. Handlers also take the ambassadors to schools, festivals, and television and internet media appearances in front of as many as a half-million viewers!
The skills and experience volunteers gain at AWARE provides wonderful resume material and a leg up for careers in biology, environmental science and animal care. Former AWARE volunteers are currently working as veterinarians, scientists, and wildlife educators all over the country. We also regularly hire volunteers to join our staff.
There is nothing quite like feeding a baby animal by hand and then seeing it open its eyes for the first time. Or, if there is, its probably the experience of helping an animal recover from a severe injury and then being there on the day the animal returns to the wild! Experiences like these make AWARE a special place to volunteer, so please come join us!
- Animal Care / Handling
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- A five-hour weekly shift
- Once you've been trained, please plan to make your weekly shift for at least six months