Our volunteer team is the backbone of the Northwoods Wildlife Center. From feeding our resident animals to answering wildlife-related phone calls, assisting at fundraisers to rescuing and transporting wildlife in need, we sure keep our volunteers busy. We are always looking to add more team members, so please join us!
Must be 18 to volunteer with animals at Northwoods Wildlife Center.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Assist Executive Director in writing and mailing thank you letters and other correspondences, updating computer database, preparing newsletters, membership renewals, and other mailings to go out to members. Typing and computer experience (especially Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access) is a must.
Animal Transport Driver
Rescue and transport animals to Northwoods Wildlife Center that have been found injured or orphaned. Extra Raptor Capture training is available to interested volunteers. Volunteer drivers will call party that has animal to get directions directly from them. Must have own vehicle. We are unable to reimburse for gas or phone calls. Drivers are most often needed during spring and summer months.
Our Center houses permanent bird of prey and turtle residents that cannot be released for various reasons. Outdoor educational tours are offered throughout the year to the public. Tours last about 30 minutes, and background information is provided about all permanent residents. An outgoing personality and the ability to get along with all types of people and ages are necessary.
Animal Care Volunteer
Prepare food and feed permanent animal residents at Northwoods Wildlife Center. Cleaning cages, dishes, countertops, and filling out feeding charts are all important aspects. Need to be able to work well with other people and independently. Please note that our patients are wild and are only handled when needed and as little as possible.
Answer phone calls (including wildlife-emergency phone line), take messages for staff, greet visitors, gift shop sales, accepting donations and admitting new animal patients, among other duties. An outgoing personality, organization skills, and the ability to get along with all types of people and ages are necessary. This volunteer position can be combined with being a volunteer tour guide.
Fundraising and Events
Help plan and organize Center events and fundraisers throughout the year such as Annual Photography contest and Gala, Night For Wildlife, and Fall Open House. With help of NWC staff and board of directors, come up with new fundraising techniques to help support our mission of providing a better future for wildlife.
Rake trails, shovel snow, weed, prune, and other miscellaneous duties.
Construction, Building Maintenance, and Woodworking
Help build new cages, repair existing ones, build/tear down fences, be a crew leader or helper on specific work party days, paint walls, and other duties.
Photography and Artwork
Take pictures of banquets, fundraisers, permanent residents, and other goings-on of the Center, to be used in our newsletters and local media. Donate pieces of artwork to be used in fundraisers for the Center. Need to possess own equipment.