Volunteering at Lindsay

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Our more than 500 volunteers make it possible to provide life-saving care for wildlife patients and deliver educational programs to children and adults. Read about volunteer opportunities below. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Rehabilitation/Hospital (ages 16+)

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!

For more information, please see Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Opportunities


Wildlife Educators (ages 18+)

Volunteers in Lindsay’s Education Department are called Wildlife Educators, and they are empowered to fulfill our mission in many ways. Upon completion of their hands-on and applied training, Wildlife Educators are ready to assist in the following areas:

  • School field trips: student groups visit Lindsay Wildlife for a volunteer-guided experience
  • Exhibit Hall interpretation: engage guests in presentations and animal encounters
  • Natural History: prepare specimens for education programs and help maintain our collections

For more information, please see Education Volunteer Opportunities.

Animal Husbandry Volunteers (ages 18+)

Help care for the museum’s collection of non-releasable California wildlife!

We ask our volunteers to commit at least one year of service to Lindsay Wildlife Experience and its animal ambassadors. The requirement is one 4-hour set shift per week and we ask for our volunteers to be present at least three out of the four weeks in a month. This ensures that our volunteers stay current with department updates and that our 60 permanent residents get the best care.

This is a physical volunteer job and requires standing, stooping, crouching, and lifting. Food preparation is required. Please note that we feed meat to our carnivores and omnivores and all of our volunteers are required to handle meat products. If you are interested in volunteering with Animal Encounters, please email Erin Woods, at [email protected]

Internship and Youth Opportunities


We have internship opportunities available in our wildlife rehabilitation hospital and in our animal husbandry and education departments. For more information about internships, please view the Internship Opportunities page.

Youth Volunteers

Our youth volunteer programs are designed to connect young people with wildlife and inspire the conservation leaders of tomorrow. For more information about youth opportunities please view our Teen Programs.

COVID-19 Updates

All volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and wear masks according to departmental policy.