Austin Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Information
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Austin Wildlife Rescue! We are a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on regular volunteers to help us with the daily operations at our rehabilitation center in Elgin. During the busy season, timers are always letting us know that an animal needs to be fed. In addition to a regimented feeding schedule, there is always laundry to be done, cages and dishes to clean, and additional tasks depending on the needs of the day.
We recommend that our volunteers commit to one volunteer shift per week, minimum. We offer morning, afternoon, and evening shifts in the busy season (March - September), and morning and afternoon shifts in the off-season (October - February).
The process to become a volunteer with Austin Wildlife Rescue involves completing the application below, attending an introductory class, and an in-person training shift with one of our seasoned staff. If you are selected as a volunteer, we will invite you to take a 2-hour volunteer class. This class costs $20 and is the only fee we require throughout the training process. Here, you will learn about the animals we take in and our safety protocols. Immediately following this class, you will be asked to sign up for an in-person orientation shift. You will shadow a staff member for a 3 hour shift. After this process, you will receive a link via email, and you will be able to sign up for shifts as your schedule allows.
Must be 18 years or older
Commit to at least 1 shift per month, 1 shift per week preferred
Comfortable handling bugs for feedings
Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
Volunteer positions fill up quickly! Due to the high demand and the training involved, we only accept new volunteers 3 times per year. The volunteer application will be posted the first week of January, April, and July until the allotted spots are filled.
Email questions to:
All volunteer positions are filled at this time. We filled 90 new volunteer positions in less than a week! Thank you to everyone who applied. We will start accepting applications again in January.