We have a variety of ways you can get involved with our work, including some of the opportunities listed below:
Admissions Assistant: Welcome and assist rescuers, assist with intake, provide phone support and enter information into the computer database.
Animal Care: Assist with the care of our injured and orphaned wildlife by helping with diet preparation, dishes, general clean-up, and cleaning cages; reliable volunteers with at least 50 hours of service are able to work more directly with the animals, under staff supervision.
Data Entry/Medical Notation Assistant: Enter medical notes from animals’ informational and treatment records into our computer database.
Fundraising/Special Events: Represent SFWC at festivals, fairs and other events. If desired, help identify, organize and run smaller fundraising events, as well as assist with donor appreciation activities.
Housekeeping Assistant: Assist with washing, drying and folding laundry, putting away clean laundry and helping with general tidying.
Landscaping: Help keep our grounds tended by performing various grounds-keeping activities such as trimming, pruning, mulching, raking and weeding.
Nursery Assistant: Help us care for the baby animals by helping with dishes, laundry, general clean-up, diet prep and cleaning cages; volunteers who are consistent are also able to work hands-on with the animals during litter season
Rescue/Release Volunteer: Use your own vehicle to pick up safely contained injured and/or orphaned wildlife and bring them to SFWC for treatment.
Becoming a volunteer
- Adult volunteers (18+) make a 3-hour minimum weekly commitment. You may, of course, volunteer for more than one shift!
- Student volunteers (ages 16 and 17) must complete 40 hours within 3 months with consistent 3-hour weekly shifts. Paperwork for school will not be signed until completion of 40 hours.
Those under 16 are not eligible to volunteer on SFWC property.
Students ages 16 and 17:
- Must attend orientation with a parent or guardian.
- Are allowed to volunteer unaccompanied by a parent/legal guardian and may not leave the property during the shift.
- Are required to complete at least 40 hours in three (3) months.
- Will get school paperwork signed upon completion of 40 hours.
- Must have a parent or guardian call the center to report any absences or missed shifts.
- Have limited interaction with animals until contributing at least 40 hours.
- Volunteers must meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document, which outlines the physical, mental and emotional capabilities required of all volunteers.
- We do not accept any court-ordered community service.
- All volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check.
Process of applying
- Carefully review the information above before applying.
- If you would like to proceed, please fill out the volunteer application. Note: You’ll be asked to upload your completed Essential Capabilities document when you apply.
- After review of your application, you will be invited to attend an orientation. If, after the orientation, we mutually determine this opportunity is a good fit, you will be asked to authorize a background check based on the type of volunteer position for which you are applying.
- At the end of your orientation session, if you are ready to proceed in the volunteering process, there will be a $40 non-refundable fee that will cover items including training, seminars, and one volunteer t-shirt.
- Before becoming an official volunteer, you will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver and release of liability.
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