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Ohio Wildlife Center is a volunteer-driven organization.  We could not pursue our nonprofit mission without the hard work of over 200 dedicated volunteers!

Adults (18 and older) can volunteer in any of our core areas Choose an area and fill out a Volunteer Application.  Our volunteer office will contact you with orientation information.  There is a $55 fee that covers the cost of all required training, supplies and background check.

Wildlife Information Line
Wildlife Hospital Animal Care

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

2015 Training Dates: 
All interested volunteers must submit all required documents and RSVP prior to attending any training courses.

Ohio Wildlife Center
for volunteers interested in animal care and/or wildlife education  

  • Animal Handling & Care Training; 
Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wildlife Guide Training;

Ohio Wildlife Center's Hospital 
for volunteers interested in emergency animal care at the wildlife hospital 
  • Hospital 101 (must attend both days);
Saturday, April 18th and 25th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ohio Wildlife Center's Pre-release Facility (PRF) / Wildlife Hospital Animal Admissions
for volunteers interested in hands-off animal care at the PRF or the hospital admissions desk

Thank you for your interest and your support of Ohio Wildlife Center!  For additional questions, contact us at volunteerinfo@ohiowildlifecenter.org
Teens at Ohio Wildlife Center

What is wild, has 20 legs, the enthusiasm of a chipmunk and a huge appetite to learn?  A group of young volunteers at Ohio Wildlife Center! 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.

Interested teens must submit their online application by April 30, 2015.


- Applicants ages 15 to 17 must complete a volunteer application by April 30, 2015

- Once accepted, volunteers must attend training session on Thursday, June 11th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- A one-time $20 training fee is due prior to training session

- Must be available for at least one entire week of any wildlife summer day camp