The Wildlife Resource Center (WRC) staff has three primary tasks: (1) environmental education, (2) captive rearing and reintroduction of select wildlife species; (3) rehabilitation of species of conservation concern.
The goal is to keep the “wild” in wildlife so District staff follows a hands‐off captive‐rearing and caring protocol. Volunteers work in close proximity to captive wildlife, but have minimal physical contact. Volunteers are trained to assist staff with animal husbandry, including such tasks as cleaning aviaries, reptile enclosures, and rodent cages; preparing diets; light building or grounds maintenance; and cage construction or repair. Volunteer activities take place both indoors and outdoors.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 815.338.6223 x 1229 or Volunteers@MCCDistrict.org. New WRC volunteers are required to complete an interview with the WRC Manager prior to registering with the District.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum age 18; a registered District volunteer; physically capable of carrying out the duties of the position; responsible, reliable and available at the times required by the position. A current tetanus vaccination is required.
EXPERIENCE: Training is provided.
SCHEDULE: Volunteer opportunities are available 7 days/week depending on staff scheduling. The minimum time commitment is 3–4 hours/day, two days per month.
LOCATION: Wildlife Resource Center, Wonder Lake