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The Foster Volunteer will assist Nature’s Nursery in the care of orphaned wild animals at their home. They will care for the animals until they are old enough to be returned to the center. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend Nursery training session provided by Nature’s Nursery to learn the appropriate way to work with orphans of all species of native wild animals 
  • Keep an appropriate space in your home for the foster animals in your care that is free of children, pets, smoke, stressful noises 
  • Calculate the proper amount of food based on the Young Animal Care Protocol 
  • Feed via syringe, tong, or tube, based on animal 
  • Keep enclosures clean and provide dry/fresh food as required by age of baby 
  • Bring babies to the center to get weights on a regular basis to check progress 
  • Work with staff/other fosters to work through any concerns (loose stool/constipation, not gaining weight, etc.) 
  • Minimal handling and interaction to prevent them from becoming comfortable with people  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Volunteer in the NICU/Nursery for one season or be a volunteer for one year 
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation and training once per year 
  • Know that these animals can bite and scratch 
  • Keep animals separated from household pets and children. A separate room or bathroom is necessary as they can get out  
  • Must commit to feeding them multiple times per day– for an average of 2 to 7 weeks (about 1 and a half months). This varies by species.  
  • Up to date Tetanus vaccination 
  • Rabies vaccination not necessary, but would be helpful 
  • Be willing to adopt, support, and communicate the mission of Nature’s Nursery 

Time Commitment: 

  • Must commit to feeding them multiple times per day– for an average of 2 to 7 weeks (about 1 and a half months). This varies by species. 
  • Varies according to animal intake 
You must be 18 years old to volunteer at Nature’s Nursery. You may optionally provide other information if you choose.
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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.