Youth Wildlife Hospital Volunteers

WildCare's Youth Volunteer Program is once again OPEN for High School Students! 

If you are interested in applying for our 2024 Youth Wildlife Hospital Volunteer recruitment, please carefully read this page and then complete the application.

If you are interested in applying to be a Youth Wildlife Hospital Volunteer, please follow these steps in order:

1) Carefully read this page.

2) View the orientation here.

3) Complete the application here.

Important note on the orientation: This is the Adult Wildlife Hospital orientation video. The major differences for youth volunteers are: 

  • Youth volunteers will not be handling wildlife patients
  • Weekday, after-school shifts for youth are 3:30-5pm
  • Weekend shifts for youth are 4 hours; during the summer, weekday shifts revert to regular 4-hour shifts
  • Youth who get out of school late, may do a 4-5pm shift

All Wildlife Hospital volunteer positions will start at our current location at 76 Albert Park Lane in San Rafael and will later move to our transition site at 251 North San Pedro Rd in San Rafael for 2024 and 2025. This is an exciting opportunity to get your foot in the door as a volunteer at our brand new facility!

Youth wanting to become Wildlife Hospital volunteers must be able to meet the following requirements (no exceptions):

  • You must complete all application materials and communications by yourself, independently (cannot be completed by parents)
  • You must view the mandatory orientation
  • You must complete all online and in-person trainings
  • You must commit to one 4-hour weekly shift (or 1.5 hours for school days)
  • You must commit to volunteering through the summer until school starts again in the fall (though we hope you’ll stay for many years to come!)

While hospital shift attendance is very important, we do our best to accommodate planned family vacations and we offer rotating shifts over the winter to allow for more days off. Please also note that WildCare has a limited number of volunteer positions available, so not all applicants will be accepted.

Every spring and summer, WildCare experiences what is referred to as “Baby Season,” when our patient load soars with orphans and injured wildlife in need of care.

We are looking for high school volunteers to assist our adult Hospital Volunteers and Medical Staff with support tasks such as sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes, patient diet prep and enclosure cleaning.

It is very important to note: while Youth Volunteers will be working within the Wildlife Hospital and will, at times, have the unique opportunity to see wildlife patients up close, they will NOT be working hands-on with any animals.

The work all of our volunteers do is imperative in order to maintain and deliver our high level of care for our wildlife patients! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the behind-the-scenes operations of a Wildlife Hospital.

Students who successfully volunteer in this program will be given priority when applying for an adult Hospital Volunteer position (18 years and up).

Youth Volunteer Application:

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.

Student Volunteers learn species identification, hygiene and safety precautions and protocols, and proper diet and food preparation. Hospital staff provides comprehensive diagnoses and treatments for our patients utilizing x-rays, blood work and more, and the work our Student Volunteers do make this care possible. Everyone works together to accommodate the feeding, cleaning and medication requirements of each patient.

Volunteer Requirements and Additional Information