Opportunities for Adults (18+)
We need volunteers to help with:
- Animal care
- Transport of animals
- Cage building and cage repair
- Special events and other opportunities
We rely on volunteers in a number of different ways to help us and the wildlife. Each position is important. Here are some of the ways you can help out the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center:
Transporting wildlife: Sometimes just getting the animal to us is half the battle.
We do not want you to ever feel obligated to transport the animal. When we have an animal that needs a ride to us, we call everyone in or near that area. If you cannot help with that specific animal just let us know; we are often able to call other transporters. Also, the animal is usually already contained in something, but if a certain species makes you uncomfortable just let us know. In general, you do not need any special training, skills or equipment to do this.
Animal Care: "Hands on" experience with the animals.
We ask that you be able to commit to at least one year of volunteering - one day a week, the same day each week, for 4-6 hours. The Center's wildlife rehabilitators provide on-the-job training while performing the daily duties of the Center.
Each volunteer starts by learning the basics: laundry, dishes and cleaning. For safety and health reasons, volunteers must show commitment and attention to detail before they are able to move on to the “hands on” experience with the wildlife patients.
Special events or fundraising.
This can be anything from physically helping us set up and take down at events to helping plan events.
Thank you again for your interest in volunteering. If you have any questions, please contact the Center.
Opportunities for Youth
Every year we interact with many children and young adults through our educational programs and other events. We are grateful that we inspire so many such that they wish to volunteer at the Center, helping us nurture our patients back to health. Unfortunately, our policy does not allow for volunteers under the age of 18 to work with the wildlife patients.
There are many other ways for young wildlife enthusiasts to support us and help native wildlife. Here are some examples that you can do to help the Center fulfill its mission (parental supervision may be required).