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Volunteers - OWC's Invaluable Resource

Ohio Wildlife Center is a volunteer-driven organization.  We could not pursue our mission or be the community's wildlife resource without the hard work of over 200 dedicated volunteers who support our small staff!

You can volunteer in any of our core areas.  Click here for details about each volunteer position.  Choose what suits you best, and fill out your online application at the bottom of the page!

 - Animal Care at the Wildlife Hospital - Help Needed
 - Animal Admissions at the Wildlife Hospital
 - Information Hotline - Help Needed
 - Pre-Release Facility Keeper
 - Animal Care at the Nature Education Center
 - Conservation & Wildlife Educators
 - Marketing and Community Outreach
 - Facility Maintenance
 - Administrative and Office Help

Teens at OWC

What is wild, has 20 legs, has the enthusiasm of a young eagle swooping down to catch its first fish and a huge appetite to learn?  A group of young volunteers at OWC's Nature Education Center!  They're assisting with summer wildlife camp programs, animal care and special projects. These volunteers do it all!

We are now accepting applications for 15 to 17-year-old volunteers for the summer wildlife camp season! Click here for a full "job description." PLEASE NOTE: This is a competitive program.  Qualified applicants will be contacted to go through an interview process, and only a handful of applicants will be accepted into the program.  If selected, there is a one-time $20 training fee due at the summer camp training class.

The Teen Volunteer Application is available now!  Interested teens must submit their online application by April 30, 2014.

To Get Started

All ADULTS interested in volunteering are required to fill out a Volunteer Application

After submitting your online application, our volunteer office will contact you with orientation information.  There is a $55 fee which covers the cost of all required training, training supplies and background check.

Minimum Requirements for all Adult volunteers:
 
 - Must be at least 18 years of age
 - Must successfully complete all necessary training
 - Must be able to balance multiple assignments successfully
 - Able to maintain courteous and helpful behavior
 - Able to perform volunteer duties in a team and/or individually with minimal supervision
 - Able to perform volunteer duties in varied weather conditions
 - Maintains friendly, positive attitude towards guests
 - Able to maintain appropriate volunteer appearance
 - Able to perform volunteer duties on a flexible schedule if needed, including weekends, evenings and/or holidays
 - Able to adhere to all safety protocol
 - Able to maintain confidentiality regarding Ohio Wildlife Center’s animal collection
 - Subject to Drug-free Workplace Policy
 - Subject to criminal background check

2014 Training Dates: 
All interested volunteers must submit all required documents and RSVP prior to attending any training courses.

Nature Education Center
for volunteers interested in animal care and/or wildlife education at the nature center 

  • Animal Care Training; 
Saturday, September 13th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Wildlife Guide Training;
Wednesday, December 3rd, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Wildlife Hospital 
for volunteers interested in emergency animal care at the wildlife hospital 
  • Hospital 101;
TBA

Pre-release Facility (PRF)
for volunteers interested in hands-off animal care at the PRF
  • PRF 101; 
TBA


Thank you for your interest and your support of Ohio Wildlife Center!