Our center takes in just over 2,500 animals per year, comprised of over 100 different species. Staff and volunteers work together to provide comprehensive diagnoses and treatments for our patients. Everyone works together to accommodate the feeding, cleaning and medication requirements of each patient.
What volunteering does for you:
Unique opportunity to work directly with wildlife and make a meaningful impact to their lives.
Meet new people and make new friends.
Strengthen your sense of community.
Gain first hand knowledge of environmental issues.
Learn new and practical skills.
Gain insight into a field of interest.
Strengthen and improve resumes for employment and scholarships
We always ask potential volunteers to seriously evaluate their schedules and other commitments before they join our volunteer team, because WRCNU is 98% volunteer driven and the animals depend on the volunteers for their food, caging and medical needs.
Volunteers are expected to attend their scheduled shift every week, and missing a scheduled shift can impact our patients’ lives!
You can build your own schedule, but we do encourage all incoming volunteers to make a commitment to a regular volunteer shift.
Working with animals is hard, dirty and exhausting. We do not cuddle or play with the animals as this would be cruel to them. Baby animals can imprint and this would cost them their freedom. Adult animals know that humans are predators and they want to escape.
We are always striving to provide continued training to volunteers, however, please remember cleaning is a never ending task , it comprises about 80% of the duties here.
Volunteers learn progressively advanced skills. These skills include diets, caging requirements, identification, medical treatment and animal handling. Volunteers must demonstrate mastery of skills in one level before progressing to the next level.
Volunteers are encouraged to ask questions and observe procedures at any level in order to increase their training and experience.
In this field, you never stop training and learning. The more you learn the more amazing this field is.
We hope you will continue to volunteer past this minimum commitment as our experienced volunteers are our most valuable resource!
Volunteers should be prepared to have fun, get dirty, follow instructions for safe and effective animal care, and LEARN A LOT!
Volunteering with wild animals involves some inherent health risks and WRCNU is extremely committed to minimizing or eliminating these risks. The health and safety of volunteers is our top priority. It is recommended that people with compromised immune systems DO NOT volunteer in wildlife rehabilitation.
Volunteers are required to have a current tetanus vaccine.
All animals can carry, contract and spread various diseases, and the wildlife we handle is no exception. Although many diseases are species-specific, some may be transferred between species and to us. Diseases we can contract from animals are called zoonotic diseases or zoonoses.
Zoonoses are a concern in wildlife rehabilitation, however proper hygiene (washing hands before and after handling animals, eating, or using the washroom) and proper safety techniques (wearing gloves or masks) greatly minimize risk.
Volunteer Openings: Our Volunteer Program is currently OPEN. Applications must be received before 5pm on March 1st.--we expect several more open periods in the next couple months.
To view an example of the application process and to download the Application and Instructions, please click on each of the two links that follow:
After WRCNU Staff/Officers review of the Applications, we will contact a select few from our group of applicants for a short interview and then make our final selections for the open positions. Those selected for interviews will be notified shortly after review.
We will NOT be contacting applicants that are not selected, sorry.
If you missed this Open Season or were not selected in this round, do not be discouraged, we anticipate a large volume of applicants. PLEASE keep coming back here to check for new Level-1 Volunteer openings. We anticipate many more openings prior to the busy Spring Baby Season!
While you wait, please read over our "Position Guide and Requirements" and our "Web Volunteer Application" to ensure this is something you are truly interested in and are able to do.
We are still open throughout the year for Community Service projects (Minimum Age 16), limited School Intern opportunities, and college classes requiring volunteer hours for school credit.
- Our Junior Volunteer program starts at age 14+.
- Closing times vary seasonally and the "season" is determined by animal intakes, but typically Winter months are between Oct - Mar, while Summer months are between May - Sep.
Winter schedule typically begins at 10:00am and we try to leave between 5:00- 6:00pm.
Summer schedule our hours begin at 10:00am and we typically close at 8:00pm, but we may find ourselves working until 11:00pm or later.
Community Service (CS):
We will happily "scratch your back if you scratch ours!"
Age Limit for Court Directed Community Service applicants is 16.
Please understand that the availability of open positions for CS varies from week to week. We have limited positions for CS Projects for School and/or to fulfill Court Directed hour requirements; please give us a call (801-814-7888) to understand the type of tasks you will be assigned and to setup your orientation for available positions.
Please call us at 801-814-7888 to sign up for an orientation or learn more about volunteering.