VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

 

The Wildlife Rescue Center would not be able to fulfill its mission without our volunteer team. Volunteers play an important role in every aspect of the Center’s work from caring for patients, to community outreach and grounds maintenance. Volunteers can apply to serve in many different areas depending on their availability, skills, and the needs of the Center.

 

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to work with any animals. A limited number of positions are available in Quality Care and Sustainability and Habitat Restoration for applicants between the ages of 14-17. Click on the links below to learn more about our volunteer opportunities:

ANIMAL CARE

QUALITY CARE AND SUSTAINABILITY

ADMINISTRATION AND FUNDRAISING

MAINTENANCE, LARGE PROJECTS & GROUNDS KEEPING

HABITAT RESTORATION

 

 

ANIMAL CARE

Animal Care volunteers work alongside our expert volunteer and staff rehabilitators at the Center to care for injured, ill and orphaned native Missouri wildlife. This includes everything from feeding young patients and enclosure cleaning, to diet-preparation, and quality care tasks for patients in the clinic.

 

Minimum Requirements:

-Must be at least 18 years old

-Must be able to commit to one 5-hour shift per week for a minimum of 16 weeks

-Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, volunteer shirt, & supplies)

-Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (offered 3 times/year)

-Complete an Intro to R1 Animal Care Training Course

-Complete a minimum of 4 Mentoring shifts 

 

Animal Care Shifts:

Animal Care at the Wildlife Rescue Center is divided into three 16-week seasons: Spring Baby Season (Feb-Jun), Summer Baby Season (Jun-Oct), and the Winter Season (Oct-Feb).

 

All animal care volunteers must be able to volunteer for at least one of these 16-week seasons, though volunteers are encouraged to serve in Animal Care as long as they wish! Volunteers who complete one Season have the opportunity to continue learning to care for more challenging patients and assist in rescues and releases.

 

Available Animal Care Shifts are as follows:

 

Baby Seasons (Mar-Oct)         

Monday - Sunday:

AM: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

AP: 12:00pm - 5:00 pm

PM: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 

Off-Season (Nov-Mar)

Monday - Friday:

AM: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

AP: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday:

AM: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

AP: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ready to Apply? Fill out a volunteer application here.

Accepted volunteers will be emailed upon receipt of their application

Quality Care and Sustainability

Quality Care and Sustainability volunteers play an important role in ensuring a high-standard of care for patients in the clinic, as well our front office, lobby, and classroom areas. Quality Care and Sustainability volunteers do not work directly with wildlife, but without them animal care would simply not be able to function! Daily tasks may include laundry, cage cleaning, sweeping/mopping animal care and front-end areas, composting, in-kind donation distribution and diet preparation.

 

Minimum Requirements:

-Must be at least 14 years of age

-Must be able to commit to at least one 3-hour shift per week for a minimum of 16 weeks

-Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, volunteer shirt, & supplies)

-Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (offered 3 times/year)

 


 

Ready to Apply? Fill out a volunteer application here.

Accepted volunteers will be emailed upon receipt of their application

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FUNDRAISING

Administration and Fundraising volunteers assist in many areas of our office. Daily tasks may include preparing seasonal fundraising mailings, marketing and grant-writing, in-kind donation data entry and patient data entry.

 

Minimum Requirements:

-Must be at least 18 years

-Must be able to commit to at least one 3-hour shift per week for a minimum of 16 weeks (Any week-day 9:00am - 5:00pm)

-Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, volunteer shirt, & supplies)

-Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (offered 3 times/year)

 

Ready to Apply? Fill out a volunteer application here.

Accepted volunteers will be emailed upon receipt of their application

MAINTENANCE AND LARGE PROJECTS

Are you a licensed electrician or carpenter? Use your special powers for good! Maintenance volunteers play a vital role in maintaining the Center, the grounds, and patients caging/enclosures. Tasks may include: general building maintenance as-needed, cage repair and construction, lawn-mowing/trimming, and assisting with large scale projects.

 

​ Minimum Requirements:

-Must be at least 18 years

-Must be available to assist with two or more maintenance or grounds-keeping task per month for a minimum of 16 weeks

-Must have health insurance and be up-to-date on the tetanus vaccination

-Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, volunteer shirt, & supplies)

-Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (offered 3 times/year)

 

Ready to Apply? Fill out a volunteer application here.

Accepted volunteers will be emailed upon receipt of their application

 

 

 

 

HABITAT RESTORATION

Habitat Restoration volunteers help to protect and restore biodiversity on the Center’s 12 acres of land. Experienced green thumbs assist in caring for our various native-garden and vegetable beds, maintaining compost bins, assisting in brush removal, and invasive honey-suckle removal around the property.

 

Minimum Requirements:

-Must be at least 14 years

-Must be able to assist with at least 2 habitat restoration tasks per month for a minimum of 16 weeks (tasks will vary depending on the season)

-Must pay a Volunteer Membership fee of $28 (This will cover the cost of training materials, volunteer shirt, & supplies)

-Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (offered 3 times/year)

 

 

Ready to Apply? Fill out a volunteer application here.

Accepted volunteers will be emailed upon receipt of their application

 
 
 
 
 

Rescuing, Rehabilitating, Releasing Native Wildlife Since 1979

Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center

Phone: (636) 394-1880
Fax: (636) 394-8143

1128 New Ballwin Road
Ballwin, MO 63021

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