Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in our organization and in helping wildlife! At Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, (WRR) there are many opportunities for Volunteers to learn about the hundreds of species of wildlife found in South Texas while helping them recover from injuries, illnesses, and the trauma of being orphaned.

By making sure that we have enough volunteers scheduled to cover all tasks and shifts, we know the animals will have the care they need and deserve. Our facility is in operation 7 days a week, with a variety of shifts to choose from, depending on the Volunteer position. With so many diverse opportunities, you can find the right job for you!

First Things First

Minimum Age Requirement: Ages 12-17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times and are, under no circumstances, allowed to work with any wildlife.

Minimum Commitment: During Baby Season (March through September), WRR volunteers (Baby Bird, Baby Mammal, Helping Hands Shifts only) are required to work a minimum of one shift per week (4 hours).

All of the Volunteer positions are important. We require a serious commitment in all the jobs to make sure that these animals survive. The work is hard, but rewarding. The experience is one most people will never have and one that our volunteers will never forget!

Current Volunteer Positions:

WRR rescues over 7,000 animals per year, and we depend on large numbers of reliable volunteers to keep the organization running. We cannot continue our life-saving work without you!

Helping Hands Volunteer

As with most non profit organizations, our capacity to meet our mission relies on the support of many volunteers. In service to more than 7000 animals each year and more than 600 animals in sanctuary, WRR is a large, thriving organization. Our Helping Hands provide assistance with basic tasks from addressing mailings, to set-up at events to laundry duties such as washing & folding clean bedding from animal cages.

Helping Hands Volunteers shifts are flexible and usually project or event based. Notice of volunteer shifts for Helping Hands are posted and emailed at least two weeks or more in advance of the need. “Special” volunteer opportunities such as committee chairs for our annual fundraiser or presenters at educational events may be on-going and span across several months. There is a special Helping Hands module for families with children over 12 years of age.

Requirements
  • Minimum of one 4-hour shift twice a month
  • Initial volunteer orientation
Duties
Office Volunteers:
  • Donor Appreciation – Writing thank you notes
  • Merchandise & Mailings
Event Volunteers:
  • Fundraisers – Committees & Day of Volunteers
  • Education & Information Events – Setup & Presentation

Family Volunteers: (age 12 to 17 with parent/guardian)
  • Laundry Room – Washing & folding of animal bedding
  • Animal Enrichment – making “toys & treats” for animals
  • Companion Animal Socialization – walking or petting dogs and cats

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

Baby Bird Volunteers

Each spring, an average of 2000 baby birds are brought in by caring individuals and families. Baby Bird Volunteers provide comprehensive on-site care for baby birds. With so many baby birds vying for attention, we are always looking for caring volunteers to help us with this huge endeavor.

Volunteers interested in joining the Baby Bird Program are required to attend Baby Bird Program Orientation, as part of their first 4-hour shift. During orientation, volunteers are educated as to WRR philosophies & practices and trained to set up cages properly for each species and correctly hand-feed birds, as well as essential shift protocol.

Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Availability from Mid-March through End of August
  • One 4-hour shift per month for three months during Baby Season (March through August); Shifts run from 7am to 11am, 12pm to 4pm and 4pm to 8pm, 7 days a week
  • Facility and program orientations
  • Additional hands-on training
Duties
  • Hand-feeding nestling and juvenile birds
  • Cleaning cages, birds, etc.
  • Food preparation
  • monitoring the health of the birds

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

Baby Mammal Volunteer

In the early spring and fall WRR rescues hundreds of baby squirrels, opossums and fawns from rescuers. These animals will be fed and cared for until they are old enough to transition to release back into the wild. We need help from caring volunteers with this huge endeavor.

Volunteers interested in joining the Baby Mammal Program are required to attend Baby Mammal Program Orientation, as part of their first 4-hour shift. During orientation, volunteers are educated as to WRR philosophies & practices and trained to set up cages properly for each species and correctly hand-feed older babies and adolecents, as well as essential shift protocol.

Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Availability from Early March through Early October
  • One 4-hour shift per month for three months during Baby Season (March through August); Shifts run from 8am to 12am, 12pm to 4pm, and 4pm to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Initial volunteer orientation
  • Additional hands-on training
Duties
  • Feeding animals
  • Clean cages, food bowls, etc.
  • Food preparation

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

Transport Volunteers

Due to the large area served by WRR, transportation of animals, food and goods of various kinds are required between suppliers, our San Antonio location and our Kendalia location. Injured wildlife temporarily housed in San Antonio must be moved to the WRR Hospital in Kendalia for critical care.

The WRR Transport Team volunteers must be dependable, have reliable transportation, and be sensitive to making their runs within an allotted time and on schedule. *Gas mileage cannot be reimbursed by WRR but is tax-deductible if proper records are kept.

Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Year-round availability
  • Two 4-hour shifts per month.
  • Use of your dependable, reliable, personal vehicle for transport
  • Valid State driver’s license with no traffic offenses
  • Provide proof of current insurance coverage
  • The physical ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds
  • Volunteer orientation
  • Additional hands-on training
Duties
  • Transporting boxes/containers between locations.
  • Transporting contained animals between locations.

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

Animal Enclosure Volunteers

Animals housed on site at our facilities deserve the finest habitats in which to thrive. Projects related to the care and improvement of both WRR physical locations is directly related to our success in meeting our mission.

Animal Enclosure Volunteers are essential to maintaining our standards. Most activities are more project-based than shift-based and include painting, building and repairing animals housing, clearing brush, cleaning and maintenance of WRR facilities, minor plumbing, and electrical work. Tasks involve learning about habitat needs of wildlife as well as on-the-job training in habitat construction skills. Many large-scale projects are scheduled for Fall after baby season and in preparation for colder temperatures.

Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Year round availability
  • A minimum of two project shifts, generally Wednesday through Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; shifts are scheduled back-to-back or based on project needs & duration.
  • One 4-hour shift per month for three months during Baby Season (March through August); Shifts run from 8am to 12am, 12pm to 4pm, and 4pm to 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Initial volunteer orientation
  • On-the-job training or instruction as needs arise
Duties
  • Maintenance & repairs to buildings and enclosures
  • Construction of perches, platforms and animal play-scapes
  • Landscaping and plantings
  • Brush removal, painting, cleaning

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

Rescue Team Volunteer

Sometimes people who find injured or abandoned wildlife are unable to bring them to WRR, in San Antonio or Kendalia. In some cases, these animals are ensnared or trapped without a means to free themselves, are in danger of further injury to themselves or others. Generally, Rescue Team volunteers must be wiling to take direction from animal care specialists, work in a team, and be sensitive to the needs of an animal in stress.

Rescue volunteers are considered “on-call” for an animal emergency. Efforts are made by the WRR dispatcher to match proximity of the rescue site to the location of the volunteer, principally by zip code associated in your volunteer profile. Many times of the year, rescue calls may occur while volunteers are performing other duties on location and team orientation includes ride-alongs until experience, skills and comfort levels are obtained for solo rescues.

Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Year round Availability
  • 4-hour shifts for basic availability when on- site or on-call (30 minutes to 4 hours, based upon rescue complexity)
  • Facility and program orientations
  • Additional hands-on training
  • Use of your personal vehicle for transport
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds
Duties
  • Rescuing injured animals from various situations
  • Transporting orphaned or injured animals
  • Returning trapped or displaced animals to the wild

How to Apply

Please fill out our online Volunteer Application Form, then visit our Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Information Center

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