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.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital is in immediate need of volunteers for the 6-9 p.m. shifts. If you can volunteer for one of these evening shifts, especially Friday or Saturday evening, please contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Manager directly: cbeard@lindsaywildlife.org

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

For more information, contact email 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 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. To learn more, click here!

Summer Camp and Teacher’s Helpers (ages 14–17)

Do you love wildlife and enjoy playing with children? Apply to become a Summer Camp Counselor and assist our educators in guiding kids through wildlife–themed games, crafts, and other activities during our summer mini-camps. Preference will be given to applicants with prior childcare or camp experience. Click here to learn more. Note: Camp Helpers must be between the ages of 14–17. 

Community Service (ages 16+)

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