Wildlife Hospital Volunteers

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WildCare is now accepting applications for new adult volunteers (age 18+) to work with our animal patients hands-on in the Wildlife Hospital.

If you would like to apply, please watch the recorded video of the 2023 WildCare Wildlife Hospital Volunteer Orientation (below) before completing your application.

After viewing the orientation below, you can find the volunteer application here.

Note: There will be a "password" mentioned at some point during the orientation video that you will need to submit your volunteer application. Be sure to watch the entire presentation!

Questions? Please contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@discoverwildcare.org or 415-453-1000 x21.

Other volunteer opportunities at WildCare:

Youth Volunteer Opportunities (for high school students under 18)

Wildlife Ambassador Volunteers (volunteer to care for WildCare's resident educational animals)

After-Hours Emergency Line Volunteers (remote volunteer opportunity answering WildCare's Wildlife Emergency Hotline)

Wildlife Patient Intake Volunteers (accepting Wildlife Hospital patients from rescuers at WildCare's front gate)

Internships: Wildlife Hospital Internships and Volunteer and Events Internships

2023 New Volunteer Orientation

Volunteering in WildCare's Wildlife Hospital

Our Wildlife Hospital cares for over 3,500 wild animals a year, from as many as 200 different species. We provide ongoing care for our patients seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year with a dedicated team of staff and more than 250 volunteers.

Our goal? To restore our wild patients to full health so that they may be released safely back to their natural habitats.

Volunteers learn species identification, hygiene and safety precautions and protocols, proper diet and food preparation, physical therapy regimens, and proper handling techniques. Hospital staff and volunteers work to provide comprehensive diagnoses and treatments for our patients utilizing x-rays, blood work and more. Everyone works together to accommodate the feeding, cleaning and medication requirements of each patient.

"I volunteer because I want to make a difference. WildCare makes it possible to both help animals and educate the public about wildlife, and I love that."

- Shelly Ross, Wildlife Hospital and Raccoon Foster Care Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements and Additional Information