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. 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! 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:



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 California wildlife. This position requires 28 hours per week from April to September (or October to March for fall/winter season). 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. This position requires 15–30 hours a week, including weekends.

To read about the internship and the requirements click here.

Download an application here!

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Youth Opportunities