***Recruiting for volunteers younger than 18 will begin in May. These include: Family Volunteers-ages 8-12 with parent/guardian; Junior Volunteers-ages 13-15; and Junior Day Keepers-ages 16-17. Please check back in May for applications.


 For a list of currently open volunteer positions please click HERE.

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!


Our education volunteers help us to fulfill our mission for teaching adults and children about native wildlife and the valuable role they play in our environment.  These positions include caring for our non-releasable Education Ambassadors and delivering educational experiences in a variety of settings. 

  • Program volunteer & Assistant Volunteer
  • Enrichment Volunteer
  • Education Docent
  • Education Ambassador Day Keeper Inside
  • Education Ambassador Day Keeper Outside



Operations volunteers play a vital role in helping us to perform the day to day tasks to keep the organization running smoothly. These positions may seem mundane, but we promise you will enjoy the comradery of the team and the fun of being around the animals.

  • Maintenance 
  • Hotline/Call Center 
  • Grocery Shopping 
  • Landscaping & Grounds
  • Facility Cleaning
  • Diet Prep
  • Admin Assistant


Wildlife Rehabilitation:

Rehab volunteers are essential to helping us fulfill our mission for wildlife rescue and rehab with a goal of releasing animals back to the wild.  These positions often require more lengthy training and therefore a larger time commitment. 

  • Animal Transport
  • Observation Room Day Keeper
  • NICU/Nursery Volunteer
  • Junior Volunteer
  • Junior Day Keeper
  • Foster Care
  • Family Volunteers
  • Avian Volunteers

Group Projects And Service Hours:

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

For student service hours we have several on-going small projects.  View the options HERE

How to Apply

If you have a passion for wildlife and community service, click HERE for specific positions and applications.

If you have questions please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rita Chovan, volunteer@natures-nursery.org.

After review of your application, if your interest and skills are applicable to our open positions, you will be contacted for an interview and training session. During the busy season, it may take up to two weeks to receive a response.