Volunteer Protocol

Orientation

All new volunteers are required to attend an Orientation Class. Orientations are held at the Wildworks Care Center.
A volunteer application form must be filled out and submitted prior to or on orientation day.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Class fee is $35.00. woman and owl

Direct Animal Care

Volunteers who wish to handle and work directly with the animals must take our Animal Care and Training Classes which will be offered on an on-going basis. Participants will be evaluated individually and will be cleared to work with select animals when instructor feels they are ready.
**See below for more information.

Orientation topics covered include:

  1. A history of the organization and its mission and goals
  2. Compound Rules and Guidelines
  3. Introduction to the resident animals
  4. Animal care: cleaning, diets, behavioral enrichment, animal training, facility maintenance
  5. SAFETY
  6. Emergency evacuation procedures
  7. Wildlife Presentations
  8. Fundraising
  9. Volunteer Commitment**Note taking is recommended. Paper and pen will be provided.

CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS

Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor weather and DIRT! Sturdy shoes with traction are required AT ALL TIMES. Long pants, hand sanitizer, shade hat, leather gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent and rain gear are recommended depending on weather conditions. Tools will be provided.

NO PETS are allowed on Wildworks grounds.

NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Drinking water is provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

TOURS of the facility are for financial contributors only. Appointments must be made in advance.

The Nature of Wildworks P.O. Box 109 Topanga, CA 90290 info@natureofwildworks.org 310-455-0550

VOLUNTEER EXPECTATIONS

There will be NO TOUCHING of any animals except domestic dogs and cats until you have been cleared by staff. You will work under supervision, observing, learning the ropes, assisting with cage and facility cleaning and other projects. We routinely do outreach education shows or booths at schools, fairs or other functions such as fundraisers. Volunteers may be required to participate.

COMMITMENT

People who are interested in direct contact with the animals must volunteer for 12 hours a month directly caring for the wild and domestic animals on site. Exceptions to this rule are committed people who are unable to do physical work but spend an equal amount of time working in the office or other duties.

Volunteers must make a two-month commitment at a time and sign up for 1 month in advance for the SAME DAY each week. Volunteer hours are 9:30 to 2:30, five days a week. Days available will vary depending on weekly variations in staff schedule. Non-animal work such as carpentry, office work etc. can be scheduled separately. Except for emergency situations, you may cancel once a month only. PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Those who find that they cannot commit to the protocol or are having trouble attending after signing up will be asked to resubmit an application in six months.

** Volunteers will be evaluated on an on-going basis. Staff can terminate participation at any time if protocols are not being met.

Please contact staff at any time with any questions or problems. A big THANK YOU to you for your time, energy and devotion!!!!

For More Information please call us at (310) 455-0550
or Email us at info@natureofwildworks.org

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