Volunteering

Become a Volunteer

Fox Valley Wildlife Center relies on the support of volunteers from providing daily basic requirements of animals to special projects, fundraisers, and education. Not only do the animals benefit but volunteers also receive so many unique opportunities from experiencing wildlife in a new way to gaining new skills and education.

Is volunteering at Fox Valley Wildlife Center right for you?

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NOTE: It is our policy that ALL volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Anyone under 18 is required to submit parent or guardian signed authorization to volunteer. Anyone ages 12-15 must have a parent or guardian with them during their shifts. Exceptions may be considered if the child meets the minimum age requirements in the same month (or within 4 weeks) of their volunteer start date.

Animal-Handling Volunteers

  • Are expected to to volunteer at least one 4-hour shift each week, approximately April – September, with morning hours available October – March
    • Some animal handling volunteers take a break during the winter when animal volume slows down; we can work with your schedule and availability
  • Feed and provide clean enclosures for a variety of birds and mammals from orphans to adults
  • Perform routine daily tasks that include laundry, dishes, making food, and cleaning up animal urine/feces
  • Have a sincere appreciation of and respect for all animals including wildlife
  • Are capable of the mental and physical demands of animal care mentioned above
  • If under 16, must have parent supervision and support while performing all tasks during their shift

Support Volunteers

  • Do not need to commit to a specific schedule (no working with animals; no specific time commitment)
  • Fundraising, special events
  • Grant writing
  • Facilities maintenance; special projects
  • Cleaning requirements (laundry, dishes, facilities, cages and enclosures)
  • Administrative support; errands
  • Animal transportation
  • Raptor re-nesting (for experienced tree climbers)

Education Volunteers

  • Have a sincere appreciation of and respect for all animals including wildlife
  • Assist in care and enrichment of resident education ambassadors
  • Thoroughly clean enclosures including urine/fecal matter
  • Prepare specified diet for each animal
  • Perform routine daily tasks that include laundry and dishes
  • Assist in other aspects of facility care as time allows
  • May have opportunity to assist with public events/expos or education programs
  • If under 16, must have parent performing all tasks alongside and providing supervision for the minor at all times during their shift
  • Year around, mornings, expected to to volunteer at least one 4-hour shift each week