As of Winter 2017, we are currently looking for volunteers for:
FOSTERCARE: we will train you and provide some supplies for this very rewarding work. Please give me a call at 510-421-9897 or email us to discuss this if you are interested. We are looking for dedicated, responsible volunteers who are willing to take home a small group of wildlife baby Squirrels, Raccoons, or Opossums who need regular nursing, and bottle-feed and care for them as they grow, according to our protocols.
Home Care is both the most rewarding and most difficult part of this work. It will change your life and enrich your world, but it is time consuming. You will need the ability to feed these babies every 2+ hours during the day when they are very young, graduating to fewer and fewer feedings throughout the day as they grow up. For their first 6 weeks of life, during this critical time, they can travel with you in a nestbox for feeding. (check with your job to ensure that your boss will allow this, if needed) You will also need a safe, quiet room in your home to keep their playcage that is free from pets or human traffic. When they are older, you have the choice of continuing their care by providing them an outdoor pre-release cage in your backyard, or you can return them to us for placement in one of our outdoor pens. If you are interested, please contact us and watch our events calendar to learn of future training classes.
- DROP-POINT FOR ORPHANS: We need locations in the Oakland / Berkeley / Alameda areas for people to bring orphaned wildlife when they are found. Our drop point volunteers would need to be trained in intake care (getting the animals warm, etc) and would need to coordinate with our TRANSPORT volunteers to get the orphans into fostercare as soon as possible. If you can help with this badly needed help, please call me at 510-421-9897 or email us.
- TRANSPORT: We need help transporting orphaned wildlife from the East Bay to San Francisco or vice-versa. Do you COMMUTE? Do you have COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS you need to complete? Many injured animals are brought to the Berkeley or Oakland Animal Care & Control. Often, these city departments are overwhelmed with other problems and are not able to transport these animals to facilities better equipped to care for their medical needs, such as ours. We want to develop a transport team to be on standby in the case that Animal Care & Control is unable to transport an animal. Responsible, insured drivers needed. If you can help with this badly needed help, please call me at 510-421-9897 or email us.
- CONSTRUCTION WORK VOLUNTEERS: We are currently engaging in construction of a new office and badly need help. Do you have COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS you need to complete? Please consider helping us! 510-421-9897 or email us.
- DESIGN YOUR OWN INTERNSHIP: Although we lost our facility back in 2011, we still offer a flexible internship program but it requires you to have discipline and be able to think outside the box. If you are interested in working with us for your internship, consider participating in our “Design-Your-Own-Internship” program. You would design your internship by committing to help us with animal care and any of the other jobs plus anything else you can think of that would help. For example, weekly pickups of produce from your local produce market, weekly collection of fresh branches for cage stimulus, working on our facebook page, grantwriting, fostercare, etc. If you are interested, please contact us at 510-421-9897 or email us with your proposals. We do not have time to design the internship for you so please think about what you can realistically commit to and include your proposal when you email. Here is our internship application: Internship Application
- GRANT-WRITING: We are currently looking for a grant writer to assist us in finding grants for this work. For years we have struggled to survive, hand-to-mouth, trying to find grantwriters willing to help us. We have had people volunteer to grant-write for us then never hear from them again after they got our sensitive financial documents. In an effort to avoid this pitfall, we are now offering a paid position of Grantwriter. This is our ONLY paid position. We are otherwise completely volunteer-run. We are seeking a grantwriter who will work on contingency. You will get 5% of the fund from any grant you acquire for our wildlife center. Experience is a big Plus! If you are interested, please contact us at 510-421-9897 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Outreach, Fundraising, Education Program Volunteer
PUBLIC INFORMATION: Part of our work consists of educating the public on how important our urban wildlife is and why. We need fliers and pamplets made on how to live with urban wildlife and how beneficial urban wildlife is in direct ways. For example, opossums are wonderful mousers and snailers. When snail-bait is used, opossums eat the snails and die from the poison, allowing mice move into their territory. Wouldn’t you rather have an opossum living under your house eating all your mice and snails?
FUNDRAISING: We depend on Fundraising, and always welcome volunteers to our fundraising efforts. Fund-raising involves visiting local produce markets and other stores and requesting one-time or regular donations.
EDUCATION PROGRAM: YUWR is looking for self-motivated volunteers who like to make presentations in front of elementary school-aged children. The ability to present a 25-45 minute slideshow about local wildlife in a fun and exciting way to keep the interest of kids is a must! Please contact us for more details.
We are also looking for volunteers to man booths at Festivals to teach about wildlife and the environment and recruit new volunteers and interest.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING IN ANY OTHER WAYS
510-421-9897 or Email. THANK YOU !
Do your community service hours with us!