Tucson Wildlife Center

Rescue | Rehab | Release (520) 290-9453

Volunteer

home-01Join our team and make a difference in the lives of local wildlife that need care. We invite  you to become part of a great team of dedicated wildlife rescuers. A wide variety of opportunities exist, including but not limited to rescues and releases, medicating and feeding animals, and cleaning enclosures and facilities.

Interested in working with wild animals and the great people who help them? Read below for details on the many different positions we have available.

We require all of our volunteers to be age 18 or older. In the future, we hope to have a youth program for those under 18. Keep checking back for any updates.

At this time, we do not accept volunteers needing to complete community service hours.

Volunteer Positions

Animal Caretakerwork

Be a part of the largest group of volunteers at the center – taking care of the animals! Animal care volunteers can expect to:

  • Clean, sanitize, and scrub enclosures and cages
  • Prepare special diets including fruits and vegetables, meat, quail, mice, and fish
  • General chores like mopping, sweeping, dusting, wiping down
  • Assist with physical exams, giving medications, and general medical care
  • Answer phones from public calls about various situations including emergencies
  • Rescue and release native wildlife

volunteer-02Animal care volunteers must attend a 4-hour orientation, scheduled once per month or as needed on a Saturday, before beginning a shift. Animal care volunteers are required to make a six (6) month commitment of one shift per week. The shift times are as follows:

  • Summer AM shift: 8:00am to 1:30pm | Winter AM shift: 9:00am to 1:30pm
  • Summer PM shift: 1:30pm to 7:00pm | Winter PM shift: 1:30pm to 6:00pm

This is a very hands-off position. Our patients are wild and the less human exposure they have, the better they can heal. However, some avian handling training will be provided to dedicated volunteers. Workshops are offered regularly to help volunteers learn or brush-up on skills. Mammals can only be handled with a pre-exposure rabies vaccine but is not required to be a volunteer. An up-to-date (within 10 years) tetanus vaccine is required for all volunteers.

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Our Bird and Bunny care (B&B) volunteers are an integral part of our center! While these volunteers do not get to work with the larger birds and mammals, that doesn’t mean they are any less valuable! As a matter of fact, B&B volunteers work tirelessly around the clock during their shift feeding hungry baby birds as often as every 15 minutes and feeding and pottying helpless baby rabbits, rodents, and other small mammals as often as every 30 minutes. It’s a workout, but it’s very rewarding! B&B Volunteers can expect to:

  • Clean, sanitize, and organize inside and outside cages and enclosures
  • Prepare liquid and solid diets for patients
  • Feed baby songbirds and mammals
  • Develop and create enrichment to build life skills for young animals
  • Follow all proper protocol for different species and situations

Shift times for Bird and Bunny volunteers is as follows:

  • AM: 8am-12pm | Afternoon: 12pm-4pm | PM: 4pm-8pm

An orientation and training session is required for all B&B volunteers. Volunteers must also commit to the entire baby season, which runs from about March to the end of September. All Bird and Bunny volunteers are required to provide a photo ID and proof of tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years.

Bookkeepingbookeeping

Works with the accountant to ensure documentation is maintained for double-entry accounting, payroll, tax, vendor, purchases, deposits, donations, and insurance requirements. Handling of monies requires a criminal background check and credit report check.

Constructionconstruction_seo_services

Ever expanding to meet the needs of caring for our wildlife, TWC needs all construction trade experts and professionals including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, sheetrock, flooring, painters, etc. Proof of current Tetanus vaccine is required.

Education

Public speaking and demonstrations of rescues tools and animals care. Priority is given to current or past Animal Care Volunteers, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply. 

Facilities Maintenance

General “handy man/woman” to maintain plumbing, electric, carpentry, masonry, flooring, painting, etc. Proof of current Tetanus vaccine is required.

Groundskeepervolunteer-04

Weeding, pruning, raking, placing vegetative debris in trailer for later removal to landfill.

Newsletters & Brochuressite-icon

Works with Director to write, edit, select photos, copy and mail quarterly newsletter.

Officeoffice

Several areas of office management and assistant positions are needed. The work includes performing general receptionist and secretarial duties such as answering phones, preparation of written correspondence and donation acknowledgement letters, maintain files, greet visitors, maintain office supplies, make copies, and schedule appointments and tours.

Professionalvet

TWC has needs for innumerable professional experts including attorneys including a specialist in 501(c)3 corporations, architects, accountants and CPAs, marketing, business, and others. Work with the Director to fill a temporary or ongoing need.

Wildlife Phone Operator/Receptionistsecratary

These volunteers are critical in helping us answer our busy phones and greet people bringing wild animals to the hospital. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year but are looking for operators for our peak phone times, every day from 8am to 7pm in the summer, and 9am to 6pm in the winter. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Volunteering as a phone operator will expose volunteers to the following:

  • Answering questions about native Arizona wildlife
  • Directing callers to leave and monitor animals that may not need help
  • Providing humane solutions to evict nuisance wildlife
  • Determine what an emergency is and work with staff to arrange a rescue

Experience is not necessary, and training will be provided. Multitasking is a plus, as well as a general knowledge of native Arizona wildlife, but not required. Good customer service skills and ability to interact with the public in a professional manner is required. Since we log all calls, good handwriting is a plus as well. Some light clerical work (data entry) may also be expected.

Employment

We currently do not have any full or part-time positions available. However, we are always glad to accept resumes to keep on file. Please feel free to submit a resume or CV for consideration.

Event Management

For our events, we could always use help in various ways.  Before, during, and after an event, we depend on volunteers to help us raise money for our cause.  Please let us know how you would like to help.


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For help and emergencies, please immediately call our 24/7 helpline at (520) 290-9453.

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