Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Center Assistants

  • Assist with everyday Wildlife Center tasks. All staff and volunteers ar expected to help with cleaning animal enclosures, daily dishes, laundry, stocking of supplies, basic housekeeping, and diet prep, as well as assisting the public.
  • Assist with logging animals in and out of wildlife center.
  • Assistant will care for animals at our pre-release enclosure site and those animals that can eat on their own.
  • This position requires prolonged standing, bending, and lifting.
  • Attend training sessions and well as work on self-guided training materials.
  • Commit to a regular weekly shift during the busy season (spring and summer).
  • Willingness to get dirty and follow all health and safety protocols.

Animal Care

  • If you have previous experience or show an aptitude for medical work, you can advance in your training.
  • Advanced training includes neonatal and medical treatment.
  • All animal care volunteers are expected to continue with the tasks as a wildlife center assistant.

Home Satellite care

  • A home satellite is an advanced volunteer that chooses to specialize in a particular species and provide care in their home as a permitted satellite for the center.
  • Assist the center with rescues or public guidance for your species.
  • Pick up animals from the center and release species when ready.
  • This is a 7 day a week role during the season.


  • Volunteers with an enclosed vehicle will transport animals to and from our wildlife partners on one or more of the designated routes.
  • Willingness to transport a minimum of twice per month.
  • Ability to make a non-stop trip at time of transport is required.
  • Wildlife Transporters may also volunteer as a Foundation Assistant or Animal Assistant depending on previous experience.

Administrative Assistant

  • Data entry of patient records.
  • Patient follow up email.
  • Assist with other administrative or development tasks if desired.

Phone Assistant

  • Handle incoming calls from the community.
  • Assist callers with wildlife issues or animals in need.
  • A regular weekly shift of 4 hours required.

Project Volunteer

  • Assist or lend your expertise to cage building projects.
  • No experience required.
  • Hours as needed for the project. No weekly shift.

General Requirements

  • All wildlife center volunteers need to spend time learning how the center operates to fulfill any of the opportunities available.  Some roles require less training, but to work with wildlife you will go through quite a bit of training. It is hard work but rewarding and fun.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 yrs to volunteer alone.
  • Proof of health insurance is required. Rancho Coastal Humane and the Wildlife Center are not able to offer coverage in the event of an injury or illness.
  • Minimum 6- month commitment.
  • Ability to work 3-5 consecutive hours on a shift
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and remain calm
  • Strict adherence to safety protocols.  Volunteers safety is a top priority.

Please note

  • We are unable to offer hours to for community service hours for court mandates.
  • We will gladly verify volunteer hours for regular volunteers upon completion of 6 months of service hours.
  • At this time, we are unable to accommodate short-term volunteer assignments.


Click Here for our Volunteer application.