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 welcomed.

Caring For Wildlife

HUNGRY HUMMERS: With wings that flap up to 90 times per second and heart rates exceeding 1,200 beats per minute, hummingbirds depend on calorie-rich nectar for fuel. At one point, scientists believed that hummingbirds drank nectar by sucking it up like juice through a straw. But we now know that although the shape of the beak helps the bird reach deep into a flower, its long, thin tongue does the real work. A hummingbird licks nectar up, like a dog lapping at a bowl of water. A hummingbird can lick up to thirteen times per second. This humming bird is a patient in our wildlife hospital and is mighty hungry!

Posted by Lindsay Wildlife Experience on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Desert Cottontails

HERE COMES….COTTONTAIL: These two desert cottontails were brought into Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital this past week. Found in a parking lot in Antioch with no mother around, these 2.5 week old cottontails only weigh in at 52 grams. Lindsay volunteers will give them excellent care until they can return back to where they belong! 🐇🐰

Posted by Lindsay Wildlife Experience on Saturday, March 17, 2018


Our first fledgling Bushtit of the season! After falling/fledging a long distance into a parking lot, this patient came in with a fractured right tarsometatarsus (or TMT; leg) and received a splint to allow the bone to heal in a properly aligned position. Given the difficult location of the fracture (very close to the digits) it is increasingly difficult to stabilize – but this bushtit’s appetite and attitude is great! With our continuously active Behind-the-Scenes exhibit, you might even witness us feeding this patient every 45 minutes during your next visit!

Posted by Lindsay Wildlife Experience on Monday, April 16, 2018

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Rehabilitation (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

Animal Husbandry Volunteers (ages 18+)

Help care for the museum’s collection of non-releasable California wildlife! We ask our volunteers to commit to Lindsay Wildlife Experience and its Animal Ambassadors at least one year of service. The requirement is one 4-hour shift a week. The shift is set and we ask for our volunteers to be present at least three out of the four weeks in a month. This is to ensure that our volunteers are up to date with department updates and that our 70 permanent residents get the best care.
This is a physical volunteer job and requires standing, stooping, crouching, and lifting. Food preparation is required. Keep in mind, that we do 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 email [email protected]

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, help maintain our collections, and deliver a daily educational program

Lastly, an incredibly dedicated and qualified Wildlife Educator can be invited to join the Raptor Handling Team, a group that travels offsite to perform community outreach with Lindsay’s iconic raptors. That privilege comes following much training. In the meantime, won’t you join us? Please contact Holly Hewes, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, via email: [email protected]



Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship (ages 16+)

This unpaid internship offers an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on experience with care and treatment of injured or orphaned native California wildlife. This position requires 24 hours per week during an 8-week session from April to September. Interns help provide husbandry and medical care for patients, and educates the public on wildlife-related subjects. For more information, please see Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Opportunities


Animal Keeper Internship (ages 18+)

This unpaid internship offers a unique opportunity to learn about husbandry for native animals in Lindsay’s permanent collection of non-releasable birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Our internship program requires our Animal Keeper Interns to complete 280 internship hours. Interns are required to have two 8-hour shifts a week with one weekend day required. Intern applications are accepted at any time. Please e-mail Animal Keeper Lauren Amy ([email protected]) with your cover letter and resume. This is an unpaid internship. Read more about this internship by clicking here!

Download an application here!

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Youth Opportunities