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Second Chance relies on hundreds of committed and dedicated people who give their time to care for the animals in our Center and help with a myriad of other equally important tasks. If you are thinking of volunteering to help wild animals at Second Chance, we welcome your assistance.

But here are a few things you might want to know first:

  • Second Chance provides comprehensive and ongoing training and support for all the volunteer positions.
  • Volunteers must be at least 15-years-old.
  • Regular volunteer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year round and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the busy months (April – September) every day of the week.
  • We ask volunteers for a commitment to work a four-hour shift once a week. (Volunteers aged 15 – 17 work two-hour shifts once a week.)
  • Second Chance has a special summer intern program for college and veterinary students.
  • Volunteering at Second Chance might not be appropriate for people with respiratory illnesses, allergies, immune diseases or back problems. Volunteers should have a current tetanus vaccination and be able to lift 25 pounds.

Volunteer positions include:

  • ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEERS who see to the basic needs of our animal patients. Basic duties include preparing food, feeding animals (including hand-feeding baby birds and baby squirrels), cleaning cages, monitoring patients’ health and condition, and general housekeeping duties. We also have special seasonal positions for those solely or primarily interested in feeding baby squirrels.
  • WILDLIFE COUNSELORS who answer the telephone and, with assistance from the staff, provide basic information on rescuing and helping wild animals. They also receive incoming patients from the public and Animal Control Officers and help collect relevant information on the animals.
  • ANIMAL TRANSPORTERS who drive patients to other rehabilitators with whom our Center cooperates on an as-needed basis. Transporters use their own vehicles and are asked to keep the animals comfortable and quiet – no loud music or talking – on the drive. Some trips may be lengthy, up to 100 miles; others are local.
  • WILDLIFE EDUCATORS who give presentations on wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation to groups of children and adults. Training and a Second Chance PowerPoint presentation are provided.
  • BUILDING AND GROUNDS KEEPERS who mow our lawns, tend our gardens, and help maintain the outdoor cages.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS include bookkeepers, graphic artists, and people who can help assemble mailings to Second Chance supporters.

To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out and return the linked Volunteer Application and a resume. Our staff will contact you shortly thereafter to set up an informational interview.

For information on our Internship Program, please visit our Internships page.