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Volunteer at the Wildlife Center

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center! Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, our operations, organizational needs, and on-boarding process for new volunteers have been adjusted. Processes may continue to change accordingly to ensure we are following CDC guidelines to keep our staff, volunteers, and the public safe. 

We are so grateful for your patience and understanding through these challenging times!


Requirements & Guidelines to Become a Volunteer

  • Due to the amount of training we require for most of our volunteer positions, we prefer at least a 3-month commitment, however, limited opportunities may be available if you are unable to give a 3-month commitment.  Some positions may require a weekly commitment as well.  Please let our volunteer coordinator know of your commitment availability when you apply.  
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for those 16 years and older. Volunteers ages 16-17 do not need to volunteer with an adult, however, a parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form, so we recommended they be present when submitting the application in order to expedite the process. 
  • Volunteers must be able to read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must be able to understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.  If an individual cannot volunteer on your own, we may encourage or require that someone comes to assist.  
  • Volunteers must be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to be able to stand and/or walk for up to 3 hours and be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.  Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Volunteers must be able to have regular access to the internet and an email account. 
  • Costs & Supplies – all volunteers need to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and name badge for a total cost of $10+tax.
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Important Notes about Volunteering

  • We do not offer court-ordered community service. Please contact the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee, 414-344-3933, to see which organizations do offer court-ordered community service.  
  • We do not offer group volunteer opportunities for school groups.  If a school group is interested in doing a service project, please follow this link for options, www.wihumane.org/for-kids/kids-can-help
  • Due to limited resources and the required training for each volunteer position, we are not able to offer short-term volunteer experiences.
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Volunteer Positions

Below are the positions we may be in need of at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. You will learn more about them during the online Volunteer Information Session.

  • WIngs Bird Collision Monitor (seasonal) - age 18 and up
  • Wildlife Animal Care Volunteer (annual and/or seasonal) - age 18 and up
  • Orphan Bird Care/Nursery Support (seasonal) - age 16 and up
  • Wildlife Transport/Rescue Volunteer - age 18 and up
  • Wildlife Artisan Volunteer - age 18 and up
  • Wildlife Volunteer Extern - age 18 and up
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How to Become a Volunteer

Step 1:  Watch the Volunteer Information Session below. This video will give you the opportunity to hear about our organization, our volunteer program and expectations, and what our current needs are. 

Step 2:  Once you have watched the Volunteer Information Session video, contact our volunteer coordinator for the list of current volunteer opportunities and the volunteer application. Contact information will be provided at the end of the video.  

Step 3:  Apply! Once we have received and reviewed your volunteer application, we contact you to schedule a phone interview. The interview will be a one-on-one conversation with our volunteer coordinator. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jackie Kammers at jkammers@wihumane.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am under 16 years of age and I am very mature, do you make any exceptions to your minimum age?

For the safety of our volunteers and animals, we do require that all volunteers be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. We have many other ways for youth to support the animals and learn about animal welfare. Please click here to get ideas on how to make toys for the animals, hold your own fundraiser or collect items from our “wish list” from the surrounding community to support the animals.

We also have special youth programs available at our sites for all ages of students. These programs are geared towards youth with a love of animals and a yearning to learn more about how to help the world become a more humane place. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

Will I have training before I start to volunteer?

Yes. Each role has training sessions that cover all aspects of the volunteer role. Training is done with both staff and volunteer mentors. The time it takes to complete training varies, based on volunteer availability, training schedules and the specific training needs of the volunteer role.

I don’t have a computer or email; can I just fill out a paper application?

Due to the high volume of volunteer applicants we receive each year and the costs associated with paper applications, we are no longer able to process paper applications. The most cost-effective way for us to communicate with volunteer applicants and our current volunteers is with online services and email. For this reason, we have moved our application process online along with all of our volunteer scheduling.

Using email and online scheduling saves money on postage and printing costs and helps to keep our program viable and efficient. Plus, the vast majority of communications between WHS and our volunteers is done via email. For this reason, we require that all volunteers have online access and a current email address. If you do not have reliable access to a computer, please contact jkammers@wihumane.org or 414-ANIMALS to discuss alternative options. 

Can I be a part of the volunteer program if I have a criminal background?  

WHS requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer. A criminal background does not necessarily immediately disqualify you from volunteering.

Volunteers are scheduled one shift per week, what if I am going on vacation?

We understand that life can be busy and have made our scheduling process as flexible as we are able. To make scheduling easy to manage, volunteers have a set schedule working the same shift time on the same day of the week. Volunteers manage their own schedules online and we allow for regular vacations and pre-arranged shift adjustments. Please let our volunteer coordinator know if you will be unable to volunteer for a scheduled shift so they are able to seek a replacement in your absence. 

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