WCA depends on our dedicated group of volunteers to provide care for our patients and educate the public. You will gain valuable career experience, develop skills, build your resume, and make a difference in your own community. Best of all, you will help give a second chance to the thousands of animals that come through the facility every year.
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Board MemberOpen or Close
WCA is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who are elected for a two-year term, and work to ensure the success and sustainability of operations and programs. We are currently seeking new members who are committed to WCA, our mission and our future. You can help WCA move forward and grow by sharing your time and talents in areas such as business planning, fundraising, human resources, marketing, legal, accounting, and more. Applicants should be able to commit to regular monthly meeting attendance, have the ability to receive communication by e-mail and have some comfort in communicating ideas in a group setting. Meetings are held once per month on a Monday evening. Contact Theresa Bielawski if you would like more information. Elections will be held in January 2016.
CommitteesOpen or Close
Budget: To prepare and monitor annual budget. Contact: Gordon Stewart Building & Property: To maintain and perform upkeep of building and property, excluding caging. Contact: Gordon Stewart Caging: To perform upkeep, repairs and alterations to existing aviaries. Manage construction of future aviaries. Contact: Vacant Community Education & Presentations: Coordinate and present educational presentations with ambassador animals to community groups and schools. Contact: Debby DuVall Fundraising: To raise funds and solicit donations for the organization. Contact: Theresa Bielawski Grants: To research, write and submit grants on behalf of the organization. Contact: Vacant Grievances: To address grievances from volunteers (including interns). Contact: Theresa Bielawski Nominations: To receive and review nominations for elections, and send out ballots via e-mail and USPS. Contact: Vacant Rules and By-Laws: To review rules, policies, procedures and bylaws, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, and send changes to be voted on by members. Contact: Debby DuVall Facility Committee: To oversee volunteer operations. Contact: Gordon Stewart
Hotline SpecialistOpen or Close
Wildlife Hotline Volunteers are the first point of contact between the concerned caller about a wild animal and Wildlife Care Association. Volunteers will receive training on how to answer questions regarding co-existing with urban wildlife, how to reunite wild parents with their young and how to identify when an animal needs medical care or rehabilitation. If you have a love for wildlife and can effectively communicate with a diverse public, then you will enjoy this rewarding and exciting volunteer opportunity. The best part of being a Volunteer Hotline Specialist is helping local wildlife in the comfort of your own home or at our Wildlife Care Facility. Please complete application below and then submit below form with application attached.
NewsletterOpen or Close
Wildlife Care Association sends out 4 newsletters per year; Spring, Summer and Fall. They include the latest WCA news, animal stories and pictures, and other information, and serve as a continuing contact with the public.
Facility Wildlife CareOpen or Close
Learn about the many aspects of wildlife care through our WCA Facility. Volunteers will enjoy this very rewarding experience through the care of incoming wildlife, to their rehabilitation and release back to the wild. The Wildlife/Animal Care volunteer opportunity is a unique, wonderful hands-on experience for those 16 years and older, regardless of previous experience with animals. You will learn about nutrition and how to feed animals, how to ID animals, and about environmental enrichment and husbandry. You will be involved in the every day tasks required for rehabilitating and raising all birds at the facility. We generally ask that you volunteer for one five (5) hour shift a week for at least 40 hours during the busy season. Our busiest season starts in the Spring, which is when most volunteers will start. Please complete application below and then submit below form with application attached.
Facility Non Animal CareOpen or Close
We understand that not everyone who cares about saving wildlife wants to take direct care of the animals. There are many opportunities to volunteer for work that supports the efforts of Wildlife Care Association that do not involve animal care. Front desk volunteers interact with the public and triage. If you have a love for wildlife and can effectively communicate with a diverse public, then you will enjoy this rewarding and exciting volunteer opportunity 2+ hours a week. Duties: Greeting the public, Intake of animals/taking patient history, Filing and organizing paperwork and Educating the public. Facility Maintenance volunteers help keep the facility in working order so the animals can be taken care of properly. Duties: Wash and dry towels and blankets, Wash and sterilize water and food bowls, Empty trash and May be asked to perform general cleaning in treatment, reception, and nursery areas.
Rehabilitation InternOpen or Close
Applications are being accepted for Animal Care Internship positions at Wildlife Care Association. Our Animal Care Internship opportunity is an unpaid position during our busy season (April-September). Approved interns will work be asked to work at least 6-hour shifts, usually between three and five days a week. For the majority of the internship, you will work in our baby bird nursery. You will learn about nutrition and how to feed animals, about medications and how to medicate, how to identify animals, and about environmental enrichment and husbandry. As a reward for mastering all the skills learned in the nursery, you may be able to work in triage where you will have the opportunity to learn to intake animals (some mammals) and assist with exams, giving fluids, apply wraps and splints, and do fecal exams. Interns are required to be 18 years of age. We ask that interns have at least two (2) years of animal experience (at a vets office, wildlife rehab facility, zoo, or similar) and at least two (2) semesters or quarters of college. This position requires some physical labor, and the ability to handle a demanding workload. Applicants must possess a strong personal work ethic and a high level of personal integrity. A short informal interview will take place after applications are received in order to determine the best fit for both our applicants and the facility. Please complete the application below and then submit the form with application attached.
Rehabilitate at HomeOpen or Close
Feed and take care of wild animals in your home. You can help young and adult birds, mammals, and reptiles. This requires specific training and a lot of dedication. Once your application is approved and you have been contacted by someone from WCA, you will be asked to complete a Intent to Rehabilitate Wildlife form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send by mail to Wildlife Care Association, Attn: Intern Coordinator, P.O. Box 680, North Highlands, CA 95660. Please complete the application below and then submit the form with application attached. Dues can be mailed to Wildlife Care Association, Attn: Intern Coordinator, P.O. Box 680, North Highlands, CA 95660.
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If you wish to discuss or offer feedback regarding your volunteer experience at WCA, please email our volunteer liaison Jima Martin.