Want to support wildlife in Central Oregon?
We are looking for committed, experienced volunteers for a variety of opportunities. Due to COVID-19, we are not currently training volunteers to work inside the wildlife hospital. However, we are still in need of volunteers in the following areas. Please read the descriptions below, fill out the application and submit a volunteer waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Wildlife Hospital Volunteer assists staff with the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife. Volunteers typically work one 4 hour weekly shift with another volunteer (1-4 volunteers per shift), and work under the supervision of the Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation. This role is mainly husbandry based, including but not limited to cleaning, diet preparation, handling and restraint of wildlife for procedures, and assisting with procedures as the volunteer becomes more experienced. Volunteers may also be asked to perform some administrative tasks as needed (stocking supplies, inputting data, updating medical charts, etc.). Hospital volunteers must be over the age of 18.
Wildlife Rescue and Transport Volunteers assist staff with the rescue and transport of injured and orphaned native-Oregon wildlife. Wildlife that is injured and in need of rescuing requires an individual to go out and capture that animal and then bring it to the appropriate facility for care. This may include the Think Wild hospital, local, specialized wildlife rehabbers or a local veterinary clinic. In some instances, the animal may already be captured and just need transport. The volunteer will provide a schedule of availability (typically similar days/times of the week), along with areas they are willing to transport to/from. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian when volunteering.
Construction and Maintenance
Think Wild is always in need of handy volunteers with skills in construction, contracting, carpentry, metal-work, electrical wiring, plumbing, and more. We are in the process of building small and large outdoor wildlife enclosures, and the more help with these, the better! We can provide materials and projects on-site or for you to do at home. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian when volunteering.
Yard work and Gardening
It is a priority for Think Wild to keep our property looking professional and tidy. We could use weekly or monthly help with light gardening, yard care, landscaping, etc., especially during the Spring and Summer. We are also planning to develop an educational native pollinator garden next year, so we would love volunteer help in planning and implementing this project! Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian when volunteering.
At Home Projects
We have a variety of at-home projects available depending on your skills. This could include sewing mammal hammocks, creating mobile duck boxes, building skunk exercise wheels, and more!
Education and Outreach
Education and Outreach volunteers help develop curriculum, implement educational programs, lead community events, and promote conservation messaging, among other tasks. These positions are often as needed for activities like tabling, tours and educational program development and delivery. There are opportunities to be an ongoing education volunteer or just volunteer as needed for specific events.
Fundraising and Virtual Events
Maybe you have a network of animal enthusiasts that would like to get involved, have fundraising ideas or just love event planning. If you are interested in helping Think Wild plan Fundraising and/or Virtual Events, we would love your help!
If you have another skill or area in which you would like to contribute to Think Wild, please apply and let us know! We are always open to ideas from passionate and dedicated volunteers.