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General maintenance volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that our patients have everything they need to thrive in our care and once back in the wild. Volunteers may assist in projects onsite or complete builds in their own home. The general maintenance position does not include any direct interaction with wildlife. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Building outdoor aviaries, turtle runs, and small mammal enclosures. 
  • Building nest boxes, hides, and other cage furniture for use in rehab and/or education enclosures and at release locations. 
  • Maintaining and repairing existing enclosures. 
  • Maintenance, repair, and enhancement of indoor rehab spaces. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • At least 18 years’ old 
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation and training once per year 
  • Able to read and follow directions 
  • Must work well with others as well as independently 
  • Comfortable with seeing feeder rodents and other feeder animals, often cut up 
  • Able to handle harsh animal smells and cleaning products  
  • Able to bend, squat, and lift/carry 10-15lbs comfortably 
  • Rabies vaccination not necessary, but would be helpful 
  • Be detail oriented with good organizational skills   
  • Be willing to adopt, support, and communicate the mission of Nature’s Nursery 
  • Must be reliable to complete projects as agreed upon between the volunteer and the wildlife center. 
  • Must be reliable and able to work independently. Must be able to complete tasks as directed and follow all safety procedures. Must be able to comply with state and federal laws regarding wildlife rehabilitation and education. 
  • Must have up-to-date Tetanus vaccination 

Time Commitment: 

  • There is no minimum shift requirement. Each project and timeline is determined individually based on the needs of the wildlife center and interests of the volunteer. 
  • Weekly shifts are available if so desired, otherwise you would be on-call as needed for repairs 
You must be 18 years old to volunteer at Nature’s Nursery. You may optionally provide other information if you choose.
You may optionally provide other information if you choose.
I understand - Please be advised that animal diets prepared at our facility DO CONTAIN NUTS. Please advise us if you have any allergies.
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I understand that information obtained through my work as a volunteer may be considered privileged or proprietary information of Nature’s Nursery. I agree to keep all such information confidential except to the extent disclosure of such information is expressly authorized and directed by an official of Nature’s Nursery. In particular, I agree to make no statements or release any information about Nature’s Nursery to any news media except as expressly authorized by Nature’s Nursery.
I understand that handling wildlife is potentially dangerous because they are wild animals whose actions are unpredictable regardless of past behavior. If I should elect to handle animals, I assume all risks of handling animals including, but not limited to, being bitten, clawed, or otherwise injured.
I understand that this application does not create a contract for my volunteer service. I understand that if accepted, I am obliged to comply with any and all current and subsequently adopted policies. I understand that if accepted, my volunteer service may be dismissed at any time for any reason, with or without notice. I understand that no person is authorized to change any of the terms mentioned in this application.