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Volunteer Opportunities

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue has many volunteer opportunities, please check them out below or call our office for more information, 707-992-0274.

New Volunteer Process

As this is a very specialized volunteer commitment, all new volunteers must take part in the Volunteer Orientation and Policies and Regulations classes. If you would like to work directly with wildlife, you are required to take the Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation class as well.Classes are available as follows:

  • Volunteer Orientation: Every 2nd Saturday of the month excluding July, November and December
  • Policies and Regulations: Every 3rd Saturday of the month excluding July. November and December
  • Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation: 4th Saturday in January, April and August

       *All are from 10:00am-12:00pm*

These classes allow us to explain the commitment requirements and the training process for new volunteers. It gives you a chance to consider if Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is the right organization for you. Depending on your level of commitment, there is specific training required and we are looking for long term volunteers willing to undergo all the necessary training.To sign up for the next volunteer orientation, please call our office at 707-992-0274

After our free Volunteer Orientation, we are requiring that volunteers become supporters of SCWR. 
A Single Volunteer Supportership is $95, and includes a volunteer t-shirt and name badge.
A Family Volunteer Supportership is $150 and includes 2 volunteer t-shirts and 2 name badges. Additional T-shirts and badges for additional members are $10 per additional person. 
Scholarships are available for those with financial need. To qualify for a scholarship, you need to commit to volunteering for 8 hours per month. More than one missed consecutive month will cause deactivation of volunteer status. Please click here for the application form.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you volunteer with us soon!

Adult Volunteer Programs

Foster Care: Orphaned and injured animals are kept and cared for at your home until they are too big for your facilities, are ready for release, or are ready to transfer to the Wildlife Community. Foster care requires very dedicated volunteers who are able to take patients for 1-3 months and feed them every 2-5 hours.

Wildlife Community: Here volunteers get a chance to work with wildlife that are on the last phase of rehabilitation before release back to the wild. You will also take care of the residents in the Education Exhibit Area. You may be caring for coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, squirrels, etc. In addition to this, you will be keeping the wildlife kitchen clean and organized, and doing various other chores to keep the Wildlife Community beautiful for the animals during their stay with S.C.W.R.

Hotline: We have three shifts per day. Volunteers regularly call our voicemail system to retrieve messages. These calls are for animals needing assistance and questions about wildlife. Our Hotline is S.C.W.R.’s first link to the public, and requires good public relations skills. It is important that Hotline volunteers respond in a timely and professional manner. Hotline can be done from the volunteer’s home, office, or even on the go.

Rescue Team: It is not always possible for the Hotline volunteer to pick up or receive an orphaned or injured animal. The Hotline volunteer has a list of current volunteers whom they may call upon to pick up or receive animals as needed. These volunteers may also respond to critical or trauma patients that need immediate medical attention. We also will occasionally need volunteers to transport an animal to one of our local vets or other wildlife rehabilitation centers.

Medical Team: This is a group of volunteers who work with animals in distress or that need medical attention. They are also the support group for the foster care volunteers who might need assistance with medical needs or need site visits. Often these volunteers have a background in veterinary medicine or a lot of experience working with wildlife, but that is not a requirement.

Education Outreach Program: We have several different areas of outreach in our Education Program. Our Education Outreach Director will train volunteers for classroom presentations, docenting in our Wildlife Education Exhibit area, and special public events. Junior Volunteers are most welcome in this program. It is one of the most important programs we have at S.C.W.R.

Enrichment Program: You will learn how to provide stimulating activities for wildlife in their enclosures. This helps get wildlife better prepared for return to the wild, and keeps the permanent residents happy and healthy.

A Wildlife Exclusion Service: This program generates much-needed funds for our organization by helping the public with nuisance wildlife issues. We train volunteers to conduct site visits to the public’s homes or business, and find solutions to how, where, and why wildlife is populating their property. These volunteers are called Wildlife Exclusion Technicians. They are prepared to go under houses, in attics, on rooftops, and can also do carpentry work so animals are “excluded” from entering into human dwellings. All revenue generated through this program goes directly to our education and rehabilitation programs.

Special Projects and Facility Maintenance: There are always projects needing attention at S.C.W.R. and we are always looking for people to take on the task of getting these projects done. It can be as simple as chopping wood to larger things like building a new enclosure, but there is never a shortage of things to do.

Administrative: Volunteers do a variety of administrative duties such as mailings, record keeping, fundraising assistance, membership service, public relations, computer help, and more. This is a very important area for the survival of S.C.W.R. You may be working in the office doing receptionist work, animal intake, and public education.

Commitment is Number One!!!

S.C.W.R. has many different programs for volunteers to choose from, where they can contribute their time, talent and experience. We require a minimum of 8 hours a month of commitment from our volunteers. We are very flexible and accommodating to our volunteers' schedules, and can work with you to find a place in the organization that is appropriate and convenient for you. The main requirement for a S.C.W.R. volunteer is to follow through with your commitment to the organization. The animals and people in our organization are dependent upon the volunteers scheduled for their agreed upon commitments. Again, we require 8 hours a month minimum unless you have made prior arrangements with the staff. We look forward to meeting you at a volunteer orientation and hopefully working with you in the future! Please call us at 707-992-0274 should you have further questions or would like to schedule your first volunteer day.

**Please note, you do not need to take the orientation to volunteer in a general capacity but you must take the Orientation, Policies and Regulations, and the Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation classes before you handle any wildlife.**

Before coming to an orientation you MUST print out your own orientation packet! SCWR is going green and cutting back on our carbon footprint.

Adult Volunteer Program