Animal care volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and general care of the wildlife admitted to Greenwood. Specific duties include food preparation, hand feeding baby wildlife, cleaning cages, maintaining a clean environment, refreshing food and water in outdoor enclosures, and other duties specified by staff supervisors.
We require that Animal Care Volunteers commit to one regular 5-hour shift per week.
Baby Squirrel Season
March-May & August–October
Baby squirrels are the first babies to arrive at Greenwood in the spring. We receive hundreds of Fox Squirrels in addition to Abert’s squirrels, Pine Squirrels, and assorted ground squirrels. Volunteers help syringe feed, clean cages, prepare meals, and assist with habitat enrichment, laundry, and dishes.
Baby Bird Season
Hundreds of baby birds are displaced from their nests or separated from their parents every spring and summer. Baby bird volunteers syringe-feed, clean cages, prepare meals, and assist with habitat enrichment, laundry, and dishes. Greenwood sees more than 100 species of birds every year. This is a great opportunity for an aspiring or seasoned birder!
Baby Raccoon Season
Due to the ever-increasing dilemma of humans and animals living closer than ever, Greenwood receives dozens upon dozens of baby raccoons and other urban wildlife that have been orphaned. Baby raccoon volunteers bottle-feed babies, clean cages, and help with meal preparation and habitat enrichment in addition to laundry and other cleaning duties. Baby raccoons are adorable but grow very quickly and can be very messy. This is a good opportunity for someone who is a hard-worker and doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty. NOTE: To work with raccoons, your rabies vaccination must be current. Please call us if you have questions.
Greenwood receives hundreds of orphaned ducks and geese of all types, as well as injured adults. The Center has specialized care areas for waterfowl, where volunteers help clean cages and prepare meals. This is a fun job that includes hosing out cages and refilling pools daily while being in the cage or room with the patients. A willingness to get wet is a must!
Animal care volunteers need to be reliable in their commitment. We are a working wildlife hospital and expect animal care volunteers to show up for their shift as scheduled. Your presence is crucial in making sure the patients get the proper care. If your schedule is unpredictable or if you have situations in your life at the present moment that may cause you to be frequently absent, please consider volunteering in a different capacity.
Volunteers are a valuable resource at Greenwood and play an integral role in many of our projects. We rely on volunteers to help provide quality care to thousands of wild birds and mammals each year at our facility. Most of our volunteers work directly with the wild animals, while others provide invaluable assistance with many other essential tasks.
COVID-19 Update: At this time, Greenwood is no longer recruiting animal care volunteers. Recruitment will reopen in the summer of 2021 at the earliest. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Questions? Please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager!