We are looking for volunteers that are serious about rehabilitating and releasing wild animals back to their wild homes. The animals must have as little human contact as possible for them to remain wild and fear humans. If they don't fear humans when they are released, they risk getting injured or killed. So if you would like to cuddle the animals, we're sorry to say, this is not the place where that is appropriate. There are oranizations that deal with domestic animals that need the kittens and puppies to be socialized, and they frequently look for foster homes for very young animals. They would problably welcome your love of animals. At the NPWRC, we would really welcome your hard work and commitment to keep the animals wild.

The age restriction of 16 years is for your health and safety, and also for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, which does not allow us to put the animals on public display with the exception of those animals that cannot be released and can be safely used for educational purposes.

Animals can carry infectious viral and parasitic diseases, like the raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) that infected the Pacific Grove little boy. Millions of eggs can be shed by the raccoon roundworm that can cling to shoes and contaminate any place that they drop off. We cannot expose young children to these risks and cannot supervise them enough to make sure they don't come in contact with contaminated material.

To volunteer at the center you:
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Have fine motor skills and manual dexterity
  • Have visual acuity necessary to feed very small birds and animals
  • Be able to read animal care instructions

    Skills Required:
  • Love and respect of wildlife
  • Willingness to work with animals that are to be kept wild
  • Must be able to follow directions exactly for safety of both animals and caregivers

  • Combined general/wildlife orientation (3 hours)
  • Interview with the wildlife director
  • Training with volunteer mentor

    Time Commitment:
  • Seasonal position. Shifts of 4 hours each.

    Benefits Received:
  • Acquire job skills, experience, self-esteem and personal gratification

    If this sounds like you and you'd like to volunteer, please call 831-628-3400 for an appointment.

    Other ways to volunteer:
  • Membership Drive
  • Fireworks Booth
  • Event Planning
  • Event Support / Booth Support
  • Public Relations
  • Desktop Publishing