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Volunteers are the Foundation of PWC
If you care deeply about your connection with wildlife and want to help us ensure a healthy co-existence between humans and animals, please volunteer. As a nonprofit organization we depend upon the commitment of over 200 volunteers that help staff our programs-and we can always use more!
Each year over 35,000 hours of time are given to treat nearly 3,000 wild animals and to educate our community about the wildlife in SLO county. Volunteers support wildlife by assisting with animal care in the Rehabilitation Center, by answering our Hotline, by rescuing and transporting animals, by staffing the office, by conducting community outreach programs, and by assisting with many other needed duties and tasks.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Pacific Wildlife Care.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must attend a Volunteer Opportunities Orientation (VOO) (held monthly)
- Must be or become a member of PWC.
- Volunteer Opportunities Orientation (VOO) - the First Step
- Initial Basic Training (hotline, rescue/transport and/or rehab center)
- Ongoing training at the center as needed
- Other classes throughout the year on specific topics including animal handling, zoonotic diseases, baby bird/mammal care, common presentations, and basic seabird care.
First Things First: Attend a "Volunteer Opportunities Orientation" (VOO) Class
Held monthly on a Saturday morning for around 2 hours, the VOO will provide an overview of PWC, the specific volunteer jobs needed, and a short tour of the Rehabilitation Center. Please preregister here for the orientation.
Follow-up Hotline and Rescue/Transport training(s) will be announced at the monthly VOO.