Become a Volunteer
The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) admits as many as 3,000 wild animals a year so we need your help! From handling admissions and answering phones, to providing hands-on routine care for injured adults and orphaned babies, to providing a safe place for our patients to start a new life, as a WINC Volunteer you can make a difference in the lives of our wild neighbors everyday. Download Volunteer Brochure here. Short on time? Not to worry, [click here] to make a donation to help cover the costs of food, medicine, housing, and outreach.
Safety is our number one priority for staff, interns, and volunteers. Due to certain inherent risks in handling wild animals, PERSONAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE IS REQUIRED to volunteer at the Wildlife in Need Center (this includes Baby Bird Feeders, Office, and Animal Care volunteers).
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Baby Bird Feeding and Care We receive hundreds of hungry orphaned baby birds from May to September that need lots of quality care. If you are at least 14, you can help provide the attention and care that each bird needs to return it to the wild. If you are 12 or 13, you can team up with an adult to help us with our baby birds. You must be committed to working one four and a half hour shift each week for about eight weeks. For more information, read our Introduction Letter to the Baby Bird Feeding program and Baby Bird Feeder FAQs:
- Fill out a 2019 Adult and Minor Baby Bird Feeder Application
- Attend a Baby Bird Feeder Orientation (held at WINC). Please RSVP by calling (262) 965-3090
2019 BBF Volunteer Orientation Dates
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 6:30pm-8pm
- Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 1pm-2:30pm
- Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 1pm-2:30pm
Is your child too young or busy to be a Baby Bird Feeder? Check out our Kids Helping Wildlife page to see other ways that they can help wildlife!
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
Thinking about joining our amazing volunteer brigade? We’d love to have you! Please note that for our Animal Care and Office volunteers we ask for a minimum commitment of one shift per week for at least 6 months after your training is complete.
If you are interested in helping our staff with routine wildlife care, including food preparation, patient handling, medical care, enclosure cleaning, washing dishes, and laundry, then Animal Care is the place for you! Here you will get hands-on with many species of wildlife and be able to participate in their day-to-day care. You must be 18 years of age or older and able to commit to one 4-5 hour shift weekly.
Office and Phones
If you enjoy talking with people and want to learn a lot about native wildlife, you should consider working in our office. You will be trained to handle calls from the public regarding “nuisance” animals, sick or injured animals, and natural history questions. Not sure about the phones? There are always administrative duties that help keep the Center running smoothly as well.
We have a number of public events every year, ranging from Meet and Greets at our Center to setting up a public booth display at a community street fair, farmer’s market, festival, etc. Most often these events include bringing along one or more of our Educational Ambassadors, giving the public an up close and personal look at them. If you would love talking to the public and sharing your passion for WINC, our Educational Ambassadors, and ways we can live harmoniously with our wildlife neighbors, then we would love to have you join our Education team!
*Please note that you must be an active Animal Care or Office volunteer for minimum of 3 months prior to volunteering in the Education Department.
Maintenance & Grounds
The facility and the cages that surround it are in constant need of maintenance. Anyone who can swing a hammer, saw a board, or turn a wrench is very welcome. Our grounds also include garden areas that need green thumbs and seasonal maintenance.
Fundraising & Marketing
Without money, we would not have the facility, food, or medicine for our patients. Fundraising volunteers work on various projects throughout the year including banquets, sales events, and public presentations.
We currently do not accept volunteer applications (in any of our volunteer areas) for court ordered community service hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Ready to join us? To become a WINC volunteer, you must:
- Attend a volunteer orientation, held at Wildlife in Need Center – see upcoming dates below. Please RSVP first by calling (262) 965-3090.
- Fill out a 2019 Adult Volunteer Application & Release and bring it with you to orientation (please do not mail/email it in advance). We will also have blank copies you may use to fill out once you arrive at orientation.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates
- Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 6:30pm-8pm
- Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 10:30am-12:00pm
- Monday, October 21, 2019, from 6:30pm-8pm
*Please note we do not host adult volunteer orientations in November/December & April/May/June/July, as that is during our busy season.*