TWRC WILDLIFE CENTER
What Is It?: An urban wildlife emergency and rehabilitative care facility that cares for injured, orphaned, or ill wild animals brought in by the public. TWRC also conducts outreach programs for youths and adult groups to promote living in harmony with nature.
Help Needed: Assist with education programs, caring for animals, and maintaining the animal care center. Volunteers also feed baby birds, squirrels, and opossums and collect needed items.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14. Volunteers must be at least 12 (with a guardian) for baby bird and baby squirrel programs.
“ROCKIN’ ROBIN” EDUCATION AIDE
Help with informal education programs (festivals, booths, service project events) and formal education programs (classroom programs, lectures, scout merit programs, center tours, etc.). Must commit to four 2-hour shifts a year. For ages 15 and up.
“LIZARD LOUNGE” ANIMAL CARE AIDE
This entry level position is responsible for the daily feeding and care of all education animals (squirrels, opossum, screech owl, non-venomous snakes, turtles, and a lizard). Must commit to six 4-hour shifts per month. For ages 15 and up.
“BUSY BEE” FACILITY CARE AIDE
Help maintain TWRC’s facility, which must be clean and orderly so that we can operate efficiently to provide quality care to wildlife in need. This entry level position is responsible for washing dishes and crates, doing animal laundry, assembling animal aquaria, doing food prep and other activities to support the center. Must commit to five 4-hour shifts per month. For ages 15 and up.
OPOSSUM AND PALS PROGRAM HELPER
Help care for opossums, ducks, and doves. Tasks include cleaning and food prep. 2.5-hour shifts from from 9 AM to 7 PM, 7 days a week. Must commit to work at least one shift per week for at least 5 weeks. For ages 14 and up.
BABY BIRD PROGRAM HELPER
Each summer, an average of 1,500 baby birds are brought in to TWRC. Since 2001, Baby Bird Volunteers have provided comprehensive onsite care for baby birds. Volunteers help feed and care for the birds until they are old enough to transition to release back into the wild.
All volunteers must register, pay a fee, and complete an Orientation and Feeding Training Session.
For ages 14 and up. Volunteers aged 12 & 13 may volunteer as assistants. Each assistant must be accompanied by a guardian at least 18 years of age. (Only one assistant per guardian.)
BABY SQUIRREL PROGRAM HELPER
In the early spring and early fall TWRC Wildlife Center receives hundreds of baby squirrels from rescuers. Volunteers help feed and care for the animals until they are old enough to transition to release back into the wild.
All volunteers must register, pay a fee, and complete an Orientation and Feeding Training session.
For ages 14 and up. Volunteers aged 12 & 13 may volunteer as assistants but will not be allowed to feed. Each assistant must be accompanied by a guardian at least 18 years of age. (Only one assistant per guardian.)
COLLECT NEEDED ITEMS
TWRC maintains a wish list on Amazon.com. Other needed items typically include:
Storage Bags – gallon or quart size
Trash Bags – 12, 33, 55 gallon
He Liquid Hand Soap
Anti-bacterial Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
Paper Grocery Bags – small, medium, large
Pecans – shelled, cracked, or whole
Purina Puppy Chow
Purina Cat Chow, Indoor Formula
Iams Adult Cat Food, Hairball Formula
SCOUT SERVICE PROJECTS
The TWRC welcomes Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Gold Award, and similar project proposals. Past projects have included building rehabilitation cages for birds and mammals, constructing nesting boxes for recovering wildlife, making educational presentations for schools, and holding collection drives for items on the TWRC wish list.