Center for Wildlife
Volunteer Opportunities

Center for Wildlife treats 1,600 injured and orphaned wild animals, answers 12,000 phone calls from the public, and presents environmental education programming to 7,500 community members each year. With only 5 full-time staff members, we could not do this without our army of volunteers. Please take a look at the programs below to find details on our volunteer opportunities in many areas including animal care, facilities, education, administration, and much more.

Board of Directors and Committee VolunteersBoard Members

Our Board of Directors and committee members help carry out the strategic goals of the organization; overseeing and providing support and leadership for financial, operational, and administrative matters, along with conducting and attending fundraising and outreach events. We're looking for volunteers to join our team and help with fundraising, education, facilities, research, and more! Opportunities include:

  • Education & Outreach Committee: Grow our ecology-based programming to meet an inspiring demand.

  • Development Committee: Raise funding and support for Center for Wildlife's work.

  • Facilities Committee: Maintain and grow our grounds, outdoor enclosures, and more!

  • Medical Clinic Committee: Continue implementing best medical practices and growing success rates.

Click here to learn more about the focus of our board of directors and each committee, or email Kristen to set up a time to discuss where your skills can fit in best and support our local wildlife!

borderEducation Program VolunteersEducator at Open House

CFW’s mission extends to educating our community (particularly children) about wildlife ecology, human impacts on wildlife and critical ecosystems, and stewardship in a region facing intense pressure from development and population growth.   Our programs offer an opportunity for Project WILD educators, live animal ambassadors, hands-on materials, and displays to foster the natural connection between people and wildlife, inspiring the conservationist within. Volunteers will receive training and support from our Education & Outreach Coordinator. Opportunities include:

  • Education Docent: Provide assistance with ambassador habitat maintanance and conduct public tours

  • Volunteer Educator: Provide assistance with ambassador care and training, and present environmental education programs to a variety of audiences including school groups, senior centers, public programming, and more

  • Special Events Docent: Provide assistance at Center for Wildlife special events and fundraisers throughout the year

Click here to learn more about the focus of our education program and volunteers, or email Emily to set up a time to discuss where your skills can fit in best and support our local wildlife!

borderWildlife Care VolunteersVolunteer with Screech Owl Patient

Each year at the Center for Wildlife we admit more and more animals, close to 1,600 last year. With our limited budget we rely heavily on our wildlife care volunteers to staff shifts according to seasonal patient loads. We couldn't manage the number of cases and diversity of species we treat without help from our dedicated non-paid staff! The role of a Wildlife Care Volunteer is to help create a healing environment to maximize the animals' release potential.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include: feeding nestling birds and young mammals, monitoring animals' conditions and preparing foods, cage cleaning and outdoor cage habitat maintenance, and assisting the licensed staff with medical exams and treatment. General cleaning and some administrative tasks may also be included. As one volunteer has said, "The Center gives me a chance to do something positive, I am able to see the results of all our hard work. Releasing an animal back to the wild, giving it a second chance, is the greatest thrill I have ever experienced."

Click here to learn more about the requirements and commitment needed to become a Wildlife Care Volunteer, and to download an application. Email our Volunteer Coordinator if you have questions about volunteering, or the application process.


Facilities Volunteersvolunteer fixes perches at wildlife volunteer workday

Center for Wildlife is looking for dynamic volunteers that can assist with the upkeep of our medical clinic along with our 45+ specialized outdoor enclosures. Duties and projects can range from snow removal, participating in workdays and cage building/repair, woodworking and buidling perches for patients and ambassadors, electrical and plumbing support, and more. As our facilities have grown tremendously over the years, we look forward to growing the much needed ongoing and project facilities support needed to ensure safety for all of our patients, the public, and staff. Skill-sets we're looking for include:

  • Small engine or mechanical repair
  • Woodworking, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical experience and expertise
  • Great attitude and motivation to help with seasonal groundskeeping like snow removal and mowing

Please download and complete the application and submit to Facilities Coordinator, Katie Pepin, at: P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME or to be considered for this position.

Click here to view the flyer
if you are interested in learning more or would like to join the team!