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Volunteer with us!

Do you have a wild side?

We have many opportunities for you to share your time and talents with the Wildlife Center and our community!

Get Involved!

From working on-site with animal care and facility upkeep to helping at community events and education programs, there are lots of fulfilling ways to make a difference.  We are open 7 days a week and have flexible shifts available to work within your schedule.

Because we rely so heavily on support from our volunteer team, we ask you make a 6-month commitment to volunteering with us, as well as coming on a regular, weekly basis for all on-site assignments (denoted with *).  All other assignments are considered on-call, as events and other activities arise.

Due to the nature of our permits volunteers must be 16 or older to volunteer with the WCNC.  Volunteers 16-18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

"Releasing animals back into the wild is a magical experience.

I am endlessly grateful for this opportunity to learn and experience these epic animals. I guess you can say I've been bit by the wildlife bug, and I have every intention of continuing this fulfilling and eventful work."


Animal Care Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Join Us in Helping Wildlife

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We couldn’t do it without you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Care*

You’ll help directly with our patients, including cleaning their enclosures, assisting with swim time, preparing diets, medications, exercising, and more. These volunteers commit to one four-hour volunteer shift a week for a duration of 6-months or longer.

Animal Care Support*

Not comfortable working directly with animals, but still want to help? We always need support with laundry, diet prep and cleaning tasks in order to keep our patients healthy, cared for, and comfortable. This assignment has the same minimum requirement as Animal Care. We do occasionally allow drop-in support for this assignment, with prior approval from the Volunteer Coordinator.


Reception volunteers commit to a regular weekly shift. This assignment is carried out in the admin room. Reception volunteers answer incoming phone calls to the wildlife hospital. Duties might include answering wildlife related calls as well as helping to arrange patient transport to our facility. Reception volunteers might also complete miscellaneous admin tasks such as entering patient records into an online database. Training is provided and no experience is necessary.

Rescue Transport Network

Because of our extensive service area – from Newport, OR to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula – we rely on a network of volunteers to help transport patients needing our help. Volunteers for this assignment are “on-call,” and so there is no minimum time commitment. Transport volunteers that are located nearest the animal in need are contacted when we are alerted of wildlife in need assistance.

Facilities Assistance

Assist with trimming the lawn, enclosure up-keep, and other hands-on projects related to keeping our patients safe and secure, and our center looking its best.

Education Programs

Help us cultivate a wildlife-respecting, conservation-minded community through education! We deliver age-appropriate educational presentations to schools and a variety of community groups.

Community Outreach Team

Are you passionate about wildlife, environmental issues, and advocacy? We’d love to have you with us at community events! Help inform others about wildlife in need, collect donations, memberships, and more – and have fun doing it!


Want to help out with our Annual Founder’s Dinner? We are always looking for those able to help with check-in & check-out, set-up & break-down, and auction assistants.

Baby Birds

During the Spring, we are inundated with demanding little creatures that require dedicated volunteers to wait on them hand and foot. These volunteers come in once or twice a week during the spring baby bird season, and devote their time to hand-feeding, cleaning, and caring for out tiniest patients. This assignment is as needed at the discretion of the wildlife rehabilitators.

Please email with questions about volunteering.

Apply to volunteer today!

Apply here & someone will follow up by email. Thanks for supporting wildlife!