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Wildlife Volunteer Opportunities

With more than 5,000 orphaned, sick and injured wild animals arriving at the Center annually, volunteers are in high demand! Peak season in the Wildlife Center is during the summer and early fall, though WHS provides care for wild animals year round. Please consider one of the following positions:


Do you want to help migratory songbirds?

Become a WIngs Bird Collision Monitor! (seasonal position)

Large cities are dangerous for migratory birds and they need your help! Migratory birds are seriously disoriented by reflections on glass and mirrored window surfaces, glass walkways, and bright lights that illuminate the night sky. That's where Wisconsin Night Guardians for Songbirds (WIngs) Bird Collision Monitors play a role, and step in to rescue these fallen birds. Bird Collision monitors patrol areas of downtown Milwaukee in the early morning hours during periods of peak migration (Spring: May; Fall: September and October). Injured birds are then transported to the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for immediate, life-saving care. Additionally, data collected from monitoring helps us understand the window collision problem in Milwaukee. We will fully train you on how to properly rescue these birds. You must be an adult to participate and are encouraged to volunteer with another adult.

If you are interested in monitoring in Spring, please submit your application before April. If you are interested in monitoring in the Fall, please submit your volunteer application before August. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Center, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.


Do you want to help orphaned wild birds?

Become an Orphaned Bird Care Volunteer! (seasonal position)http://www.wihumane.org/volunteer/images/Feedingwildbabybirds.jpg

This is a seasonal position that coincides with the baby bird season; late May through early September. We ask all of our Orphaned Bird Care Volunteers for at least a 12-week commitment to the program. This is a weekly commitment. Due to the seasonal-nature of this position, if you will need more than 3 weeks off during your volunteering commitment, we may not be able to accommodate you into the OBC schedule. 

Four different shifts are available between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days a week. Volunteers are needed to help feed orphaned wild birds in our Nursery, care for orphaned ducklings, and assist interns in cleaning the Nursery, washing dishes and folding laundry. Other responsibilities include preparing food and cleaning cages. No previous animal handling experience is necessary; however, you must be comfortable being in the presence of birds.

The minimum age requirement for this program is 13 years old. Volunteers are positive, up-beat and mature, able to work independently, and take written and verbal directions. No previous animal handling experience is necessary. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to submit a letter of recommendation with your application to be accepted into the program. At times, this can be a physically demanding position. OBC volunteers must be able to stand for at least 3 hours, bend, lift, stoop, twist, crawl, and be able to lift 30 pounds.


Do you have customer service skills?

Become a Wildlife Telephone and Admissions Counselor!

P4210386.JPGDo you have great customer service skills? We NEED you! Our Wildlife Hotline receives over 26,000 calls annually. We are seeking positive, conscientious and up-beat volunteers to work at the Wildlife Reception Desk to assist wildlife staff in answering some of these calls. Most calls to the Wildlife Hotline involve advising callers about what to do when they find a sick, injured or potentially orphaned wild animal, as well as instructing callers about how to deal with nuisance animal situations, and more! Volunteers dispatch requests for wild animal rescues to rescue volunteers and staff as needed.

Training and reference materials are provided. Some experience handling phone inquires is helpful, but not necessary; however, you must be comfortable talking with the public in person and over the phone. The time commitment is a weekly commitment, one day per week, for three hours. Shifts are available between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. year round, depending on availability. A commitment of at least six months** is required to allow us to properly train you, but long-term volunteers are much preferred. 

This is a great way for you to help us educate the public and it is an excellent opportunity for those who prefer not to, or are unable to, have hands-on animal care. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Center, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.

**Are you a student or teacher that only has your summers available? Depending on availability, we may be able to accept a limited number of shorter-term volunteers (at least 3 months) if you are willing to make a multiple-days-per-week commitment. If this interests you, you must submit your application at least 2 months before you wish you begin and express your desire to be a short-term volunteer on your application to be considered.


Do you want to provide care for individual wild animals?

Become a Wildlife Animal Care Volunteer!

Animal Care Volunteers assist the staff in the proper care and treatment of wildlife patients in the Wildlife Hospital. Volunteers will provide quality care for the patients by cleaning cages, preparing foods, exercising, and helping to medicate or treat injured, orphaned, or sick wild animals. Additional responsibilities include washing dishes, doing laundry, and facility cleaning. When you’re working with animals, there’s always a lot of cleaning!

Wildlife Animal Care Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers are positive, up-beat and mature, able to work independently and in a team, and take written and verbal directions. No previous animal handling experience is necessary. Training will be provided by staff and advanced volunteers, as well as hands-on training during your shift.

At times, this can be a physically demanding position. Wildlife Animal Care volunteers must be able to stand for at least 3 hours, bend, lift, stoop, twist, crawl, and be able to lift 30 pounds.

A weekly commitment is required, one day per week, for about three hours, sometimes a little longer. Two shifts are available: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A commitment of at least six months** is required to allow us to properly train you, but long-term volunteers are much preferred. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Center, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.

**Are you a student or teacher that only has your summers available? Depending on availability, we may be able to accept a limited number of shorter-term volunteers (at least 3 months) if you are willing to make a multiple-days-per-week commitment. If this interests you, you must submit your application at least 2 months before you wish you begin and express your desire to be a short-term volunteer on your application to be considered.



Want to help bring in wild animals that need care?

Become a Wildlife Transport Volunteer!

Help! A call came in about a sick, injured, or orphaned wild animal. The caller has the animal contained, but is unable to transport the animal to WHS. We need YOU to transport this animal to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society so we can provide them with the care they need and deserve. Can you help? You must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid drivers' license and a reliable vehicle. There is no pre-determined time when you'll be volunteering, but instead you let us know your times of availability to be "on call". Our greatest need is weekday, daytime hours. Transport volunteers may also be called to pick-up supplies and assist with wildlife releases. We will provide you with all the training you will need (animals will already be contained; you just need to drive them in). Fill-out anonline volunteer application to apply.



Want to rescue wildlife?

Become a Wildlife Rescue Volunteer!

This opportunity is available to current Wildlife Volunteers only. Wildlife Rescue volunteers are volunteers who have been either a Wildlife Animal Care Volunteer or Wildlife Transport Volunteer for at least 6 months, and attended our 1/2 day rescue training class. If you are new to WHS and are interested in becoming a Wildlife Rescue Volunteer, please apply for the Wildlife Transport Volunteer or Wildlife Animal Care Volunteer position first. Thanks!


Do you like to build and fix things?

Become a Wildlife Artisan Volunteer!

This volunteer opportunity has a very flexible schedule. Wildlife Artisans don’t directly handle animals, but they help us save animals by assisting the staff in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with facility and equipment maintenance and repairs. Duties are widely varied, but may include building and repairing animal enclosures, repairing animal rescue equipment, cleaning out and setting-up outdoor habitats for rehabilitated animals, maintaining the habitat in the wildlife compound, and repairing or tuning up equipment used in the facility. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Center, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.


Do you have access to a woodshop?

Become a Build a Better Birdhouse Volunteer!

This program is for people who have access to basic woodworking tools at home and are able to build animal-houses according to simple designs that we provide. Woodworkers purchase the wood needed to make the houses, they build the houses and donate them to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The donor gets to opportunity to take the cost of the donated materials off of their taxes. We sell the houses to the public and all of the proceeds go toward saving lives at the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Center, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.