Volunteer at Wildlife Hospital

The team at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital relies on dedicated volunteers to help treat over 3,800 injured, sick or orphaned animals each year. Volunteer opportunities are diverse and challenging.

CAN YOU HELP? 239.403.4212.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Critter Courier

The Wildlife Hospital team is staffed to care for animals in the hospital and relies on an elite team of volunteers to work as an emergency rescue and transport system for injured and orphaned wildlife.

As a Critter Courier, you will be “on call” to help capture and transport injured wildlife found in your area between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

We provide Critter Couriers with training to safely capture and transport different species of injured birds, mammals, and reptiles. The necessary rescue equipment will also be provided.

Once wildlife has recovered, Critter Couriers are often asked to release these animals as well! This is a perfect opportunity for those who want to help wildlife, but don’t necessarily have time to volunteer on a regular schedule.

Critter Courier volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.


Outdoor Animal Caretaker

Spend time in close quarters outdoors with captive wild animals. Assist rehabilitating wildlife that are housed in outside recovery enclosures at the von Arx Willdife Hospital.

Duties include:
  • Observing animals’ behavior and health
  • Cleaning water pools, perches & cage walls
  • Discarding old food
  • Raking enclosures.

No prior experience is necessary, but you must be physically fit, detail oriented, and an independent worker.


Indoor Animal Caretaker

Work closely with von Arx Willdife Hospital team to care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife inside the Hospital.

Duties include:
  • Observing animals’ behavior and health
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Folding laundry
  • Preparing diets
  • Assisting with feedings and providing medical treatment as directed by the Wildlife Hospital team.

Volunteers must have broad knowledge of animal behavior and diets and a willingness to work under close supervision. Various shifts are available.