Volunteer at Nature's Nursery

Nature’s Nursery relies on more than 100 active volunteers to help our small staff with day-to-day animal care, facilities maintenance, answering the hotline, transportation, education programming and advocacy. In fact, we simply couldn’t do what we do without our dedicated, helpful volunteers. We work hard — but we have fun, too!

Day keeper:
Assist with the feeding and care of the animals (4 hours a week). We provide all your training so you will feel comfortable and qualified to do your job. This is great if you are seeking professional experience in animal care.

Become a foster parent at your home. Especially in the spring we need many foster care parents who can raise baby animals for us. The commitment for foster placement is normally for 2-7 weeks at a time, depending on the species you choose to foster. Training is provided. We do ask that foster animals are kept separate from children and pets while in your home. You must have a minimum of one year experience actively volunteering at the Center and be 18 years or older to be a foster.

Educational Outreach:
If you enjoy education or public speaking you may be interested in working with our Education Director who does educational outreach programs for various groups, and maybe even become trained to do programs on your own! Training is provided for transport, animal handling, and following program guides for the various programs.

Answer the Hotline:
As a hotline volunteer you will assist callers in better understanding a situation they have encountered and determining when a rescue is needed. You will check in new patients as they arrive, and keep records on the animals. Training is provided and staff will be available to assist you at first.

Make yourself available for on-call emergency animal pickup or transfer to release site. Being able to rescue or release an animal back into the wild is a very rewarding experience. Once again, training and equipment is provided.

Assist with maintenance or new cage construction. Talented people are always needed in this area.

How to Apply

If you have a passion for wildlife and community service, complete the volunteer application and email to our Volunteer Coordinator, Rita Chovan, volunteer@natures-nursery.org or via mail to Nature’s Nursery PO Box 2395 Whitehouse Ohio 43571. After review of your application, you will be contacted for an interview and to schedule a training session.

Group projects:
We are happy to try to customize a group project for your church, workplace, club or scout troop. Call us at 419-877-0060 to see how we can create a mutually-beneficial volunteer experience for your group.