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.

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.

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 Lindsay store. Price merchandise, clean and stock the store, assist teachers and other customers, and use the register.

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 Carmen DeLeon, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, via email: cdeleon@lindsaywildlife.org

 

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. For more information, contact email cbeard@lindsaywildlife.org

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. This position requires 15–30 hours a week, including weekends.

To read about the internship and the requirements click here.

Download an application here!

Questions? Contact dmanley@lindsaywildlife.org

Interpretive Programs Internship (ages 18+)

This unpaid internship requires a self-motivated, flexible, and responsible individual capable of assisting with the daily operations of the Education Department, with emphasis in interpretive programs. This includes public presentations, exhibit interpretation, guiding teen and adult volunteer activities, and facilities maintenance. This position requires a minimum of 15 hours a week, including weekends.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

IGs now called Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWLs!)

Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Interpretive Guide program is now called the Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWLs), the same great program with an even better name! This program is a year-round educational experience that provides teens ages 12–18 the opportunity to learn about wildlife and nature, explore career opportunities, meet other teens with similar interests, and take an active role in our community. To learn more, click here!

Learn about K.I.T.s!

Are you a teen interested in volunteering at Lindsay Wildlife Experience? Are you interested in animal care, research and training? Then we are the perfect opportunity for you! Keepers in Training are a group of dedicated teens who support Lindsay Wildlife’s mission by volunteering their time and talents. Teens are able to learn first hand what it takes to be an animal keeper during this 4 month long program.  To enhance and demonstrate their experience, interns complete a project to apply their knowledge within their keeper in training program. To learn more, click here!