Become a Volunteer

A vital part of Lindsay Wildlife Experience is the more than 500 volunteers that make it possible to provide programs for children and adults as well as life-saving care for the animals. Lindsay Wildlife offers a variety of areas where volunteers are needed and welcome.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Rehabilitation (ages 18+)

Join our nationally-recognized wildlife rehabilitation team and learn how to care for orphaned and injured native California wildlife. This care includes, hand feeding baby birds and mammals, cleaning enclosures, washing dishes and laundry, setting up enclosures, releasing animals and much more.

Animal Husbandry Volunteers (ages 18+)

Help care for the museum’s collection of non-releasable California wildlife! Animal husbandry volunteers  are responsible for cleaning enclosures, preparing diets and providing enrichment for animals as well as general maintenance of work areas. Weekly four hour shifts are available seven days a week.

Museum Interpreters (ages 18+)

Museum interpreters learn to educate museum visitors about the animals on exhibit and wildlife in our backyards. Interpreters also provide informal and formal public presentations using live animals and natural history artifacts. Museum interpreter volunteers work a weekly three hour shift.

Docents (ages 18+)

Help educate school aged children and adults about native wildlife and their habitats by conducting museum programs and visiting classrooms. Take what you learn to special events in the community.

Natural History Volunteers (ages 18+)

Help care for more than 10,000 artifacts and taxidermy specimens in our collection. Load and unload carts of specimens for programs. Knowledge of natural sciences is helpful.

Retail Operations (ages 16+)

If you enjoy talking to the public, shopping for the perfect gift and helping people, consider becoming a volunteer for the museum store. Price merchandise, clean and stock the store, assist teachers and other customers and use the register.

Internships

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship (ages 18+)

This unpaid internship offers an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on experience with care and treatment of injured or orphaned native birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and to help the public with wildlife questions. The job is intense, fast-paced and repetitive. This position requires 28 hours per week from April to September.

E-mail Volunteer Coordinator at spippen@lindsaywildlife.org for more information.

Animal Keeper Internship (ages 18+)

This unpaid internship offers a unique opportunity to learn about husbandry for native animals in the museum’s permanent collection of non-releasable birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This position requires 15–30 hours a week, including weekends.

For more information contact the senior animal keeper by e-mail at bbuenvenida@lindsaywildlife.org

Interpretive Programs Internship (ages 18+)

This position requires a self-motivated, flexible, and responsible individual capable of assisting with the daily operations of the Animal Encounters group with emphasis in Interpretive programs. This includes facility maintenance, animal care, public presentations, and guiding teen and adult volunteer activities.

For more information contact interpretive programs manager at sparnell@lindsaywildlife.org

Youth Volunteer Opportunites

Interpretive Guide Program

Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Interpretive Guide program is a year-round educational program (January–December) that provides teens ages 12–16 the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, explore career opportunities, meet other teens with similar interests and take an active role in our community. We seek positive, responsible, enthusiastic teens with an interest in learning about native California wildlife and conservation and who can interact with museum visitors.
Interpretive Guides work a 2.5 hour shift each week. They are an integral part of Lindsay Wildlife’s mission of connecting people with wildlife.

Interpretive Guides:

  • Provide educational programming to guests of all ages.
  • Answer questions and provide information about live animal and natural history exhibits.
  • Care for Lindsay Wildlife’s collection of domestic animals.
  • Learn to handle domestic mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.
  • Assist with children’s activities in our interactive spaces.
  • Conduct tours for scout groups.

This is a unique opportunity for teens to learn valuable life skills in a professional setting.  The application process is competitive and we have limited availability in the program. Applications are due September for the following calendar year’s program.

For more information contact sparnell@lindsaywildlife.org

Summer Camp Helpers (ages 12–17)

Participate in our camp helping younger campers. Every day brings new adventures with live animals, science experiments and arts and crafts projects. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved at Lindsay Wildlife during the summer months. There are several camp sessions to choose from. E-mail jgroestch@lindsaywildlife.org for more information.

Community Service (ages 16+)

If you have community service hours to fulfill that are either court ordered or for a school requirement, visit the museum Monday–Friday between 10 am–5 pm to complete an application to fulfill your community service requirements.