Teen & Young Adult 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: https://forms.gle/GpYLWdZzP8ch5cxu9

Teen Volunteers Needed (ages 14—18) at WildCare’s Wildlife Summer Camp

Applications for 2024 are now closed. Please check back next winter for opportunities in 2025.

High school students ages 14 - 18 will work with our Summer Camp teacher and aide to provide fun and exciting nature and wildlife experiences for younger campers.

You will help with craft projects, hikes, and games, and gain valuable experience working with children while earning community service hours.

This program is designed for students aged 14 to 18 years old who enjoy nature, wildlife, and working with children.

WildCare Wildlife Camps operate from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, although Volunteer Assistants are required to work from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Camp will be held at 20 Olive Street (Dominican University's Angelico Hall)  in San Rafael, but two days are spent at various hiking sites around Marin County*. Transportation is not provided. Students may request to work at as many camps as they would like but are expected to be available at least 1 full week.

To apply complete the online Wildlife Camp Assistant application form

and submit a recommendation form from a teacher or community leader.

Applications for 2024 are now closed. Please check back next winter for opportunities in 2025.

For more information, call 415-453-1000 ext. 200 or email Casey Pearce at caseypearce@discoverwildcare.org

*Why are WildCare’s Wildlife Camps not currently being held at WildCare?
WildCare's Summer Wildlife Camp will be held at 20 Olive Avenue (Angelico Hall at Dominican College), once construction begins at our original site. As we transition, our Wildlife Ambassador animals will be kept at our transition site at 251 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael to be near our hospital staff in case of emergency, and to meet the requirements of our permitting. Our live ambassador animals will come to visit camp so your camper won’t miss out on their amazing wildlife experiences. We thank you for your understanding during this time of transition.

Camp Sessions (dates, times and ages):

Session 1 - Eco-Explorers (3 ½ - entering K)

  • Dates: June 17-21
  • Session: 8:30am-12:30pm
  • No off site hikes

Session 2 – Seas and Shores (entering grades K-1)

  • Dates: June 24-28
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and Blackie's Pasture

Session 3 – Wonderful Woodlands (entering grades 1-2)

  • Dates: July 8-12
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and Blackie's Pasture

Session 4 – Endangered and Extinct (entering grades 2-4)

  • Dates: July 15-19
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and China Camp

Session 5 – Nature Neighbors (entering grades K-1)

  • Dates: July 22-26
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and Blackie's Pasture

Session 6 – Eco-Explorers (entering grades 1-2)

  • Dates: July 29-August 2
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and Blackie's Pasture

Session 7 – Seas and Shores (entering grades 2-3)

  • Dates: August 5-9
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and Blackie's Pasture

Session 8 – Endangered and Extinct (entering grades 3-5)

  • Dates: August 12-16
  • Session: 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Off site hikes to Phoenix Lake and China Camp