Become a Volunteer
The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) admits over 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.
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
Thinking about joining our amazing volunteer brigade? We’d love to have you! Please note the following requirements to volunteering in one of the areas listed below:
- We invest a lot in our new volunteers and their training, and ask for a volunteer commitment of 1 shift/week for 10 months minimum after your training is complete
- All volunteers must have personal health insurance
- Volunteers in the areas below must be 18 years of age or older
- Attending an orientation is a requirement of anyone interested in volunteering. Please see below for more details.
- No prior animal handling experience is required
- We currently do not accept volunteer applications (in any of our volunteer areas) for court ordered community service hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Animal Care 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.
Office and Phones If you enjoy talking with people and want to learn a lot about native wildlife, you should consider volunteering in our office. You will be trained to handle calls from the public regarding “nuisance” animals, sick or injured animals, and natural history questions. Our office receives over 10,000 phone calls a year so we always have a need for help fielding those calls! You will also aid in admitting wildlife patients as they come into the center.
Education 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, silent auctions, raffles, and mailings.
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. NOTE: space is limited, and you MUST RSVP first by calling (262) 965-3090.
- Fill out a 2022 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:
Please check again for our next available orientation dates!
Space is limited – please RSVP in advance by calling our center at (262) 965-3090
*Please note we generally hold orientations in February, April, August, and October*
Youth Volunteer Opportunities–Currently not accepting new volunteers.
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 2021 Adult and Minor Baby Bird Feeder Application
- Attend a Baby Bird Feeder Orientation (held at WINC). Please RSVP by calling (262) 965-3090
Sadly, due to COVID-19 and HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) the difficult decision was made to cancel the Baby Bird Feeder volunteer season for 2022. Please check back for updates and we hope to see you in 2023!
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!