Volunteer with Project Wildlife
Recruitment Temporarily Suspended
In response to the current state of affairs regarding COVID-19 and its prevention, we are temporarily suspending all large gatherings in accordance to statewide policies. Unfortunately, this does include any new volunteer information sessions, and therefore our volunteer recruitment and onboarding are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your patience, and we wish you continued health and safety.
The goal of Project Wildlife’s rehabilitation efforts is to restore our sick, injured and orphaned wild patients to full health so that they may be released safely back into their natural habitats. With over 12,000 animals cared for annually, volunteers play a crucial role in these efforts year-round, seven days a week! Volunteers help our staff and community to help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. We are grateful for the enthusiasm, dedication and love they share with us every day.
Project Wildlife is very much at the whim of Mother Nature, the wildlife baby season is typically April through September. During this time we are caring for our highest volume of wildlife patients, some days up to 400 patients at a time. We have 150+ skilled volunteers assisting in our Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center located in San Diego as well as volunteers assisting at our Project Wildlife - Ramona site (click here to read more about this merger).
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Please review the information below if interested in joining our team! New volunteers are typically recruited seasonally, on an as needed basis. Interested community members first complete our volunteer application and then attend a volunteer info session to learn more about our organization, the volunteer team and ways to get involved. During open recruitment periods, application links are available at the bottom of this page!
REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE PROJECT WILDLIFE PROGRAM:
- Must be at least 17 years of age to serve in Ramona and 18 years of age to serve in San Diego.
- Must complete entire recruitment process and training series prior to independent volunteer service.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time (up to three hours) and complete a variety of physically demanding tasks in a fast-paced environment.
- Must make a minimum commitment of one full wildllife season. Due to the amount of time and resources that we invest in our volunteers, we are unable to offer one-time or short-term community service projects with the Project Wildlife program.
BAHDE WILDLIFE CENTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Positions on this San Diego team include Bahde Wildlife Center Foundation Assistants, Animal Assistants andTransporters. Animals cared for at this location are primarily a variety of small to medium-sized bird species. Each volunteer will contribute 200 hours a year or more, accumulated on a weekly basis, interacting with staff, other volunteers and members of the public. Volunteers must commit to one shift per week, shift lengths vary seasonally between 3-4 hours, with shifts offered daily. We are not currently recruiting new volunteers for this team.
- Bahde Wildlife Center Foundation Assistants
- Assist with essential tasks including sanitizing animal enclosures and cleaning routines including dishes, laundry and stocking supplies.
- Complete daily wildlife diet preparation duties and ensure all areas are clean and organized.
- Be prepared to get dirty, follow staff instruction for safe and effective animal care and have fun!
- Foundation Assistants have the opportunity to Step Up into a Bahde Wildlife Center Animal Assistant role after one wildlife season.
PROJECT WILDLLIFE RAMONA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Our current team of volunteers assist staff caring for the animals on site. The 13-acre wildlife center provides care to wildlife including native apex predators such as bobcats, coyotes, bears and birds of prey. We are not currently recruiting new volunteers for this team.
HOW TO BECOME A WILDLIFE CENTER VOLUNTEER:
1. Complete our online application and sign up for a Volunteer Info Session! Info Sessions are hosted on an as needed basis. At this session you will learn more about our organization, the volunteer team and our current opportunities.
2. Complete the Volunteer Service Planning Session! If after attending our Info Session you decide we are the right organization for you, you can then sign up for a Volunteer Service Planning Session. This small group session includes a walking tour of the facility, initial training in the shelter and an opportunity to practice the volunteer duties to determine if our opportunities are the right fit for you. Based upon information provided during the interview process, the Volunteer Manager will select those whose skills, experience and availability best meet the needs of Project Wildlife as Wildlife Transporter, Bahde Wildlife Center Foundation Assistant or Bahde Wildlife Center Animal Assistant. If this program is not right for you, the Volunteer Engagement team will provide you with other opportunities to get involved with San Diego Humane Society or other Animal Welfare Organizations in San Diego.
3. Training! Once accepted into the program, you will complete a fun and thorough training series. This includes both online and hands-on instruction. After your training is complete, we will schedule your weekly shift and you will begin your volunteer service!
SATELLITE REHABILITATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Satellite Team members work with animals in their own home to ensure they receive the care needed to be released back into the wild. These volunteers are a crucial component in allowing wildlife to be released safely back to their natural habitats by offering a quiet, calm environment for rehabilitation. This assignment is very different from fostering. Wildlife should only be handled when feeding, cleaning or medicating and should be left alone otherwise; there is no socializing. Releasable animals should be maintained in a wild condition and released as soon as appropriate.
- Squirrel and Small Mammal
Other Ways to Get Involved:
- Create animal enrichment items from our Do-It-Yourself Packet.
- Visit our Amazon wishlist to support Project Wildlife directly from your own home! All items will be shipped straight to Project Wildlife.
- Make a donation to support the Project Wildlife program which will support saving wildlife and educating the public about how they can protect native animal species in our communities. Your generosity not only improves the quality of life for animals, but also improves life for people who enjoy the beauty and diversity of our natural world.
- Follow us on Facebook and spread the message to your community. We often post education information related to domestic and wild animals which you can share with your friends and family!