Wildlife Care Assistant

Position description: Wildlife Care Assistants spend much of their time cleaning cages, doing laundry and dishes, preparing food, assisting staff with animal care, preparing cages, sweeping and mopping, building, painting, and special cleaning projects. In the spring and summer duties will also include hand-feeding young mammals.

Experienced volunteers are given the opportunity to learn advanced animal handling and medical skills, including gavage (tube) feeding, handling raptors (ie., owls, hawks), administering oral medications, and giving subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.

Dates Available: Year-round

Shifts Available:

April 1 – September 30
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
1-6 p.m.
6-10 p.m.*

* We have a particular need for volunteers to cover our weekend 6-10 p.m shift (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). If you're looking for a rewarding way to spend your evenings, this could be just the shift for you!

October 1 – March 31
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
1-6 p.m.

Volunteers are scheduled to work the same shift every week.

Time commitment: A weekly shift for a minimum of six months (see shifts timings listed above).

Location: PAWS Wildlife Center, Lynnwood, WA

Training required: Wildlife Care Assistants are required to attend

  • A volunteer orientation.
  • A basics skills training before beginning their shift.
  • A Wildlife Ethics Workshop within their first three months of volunteering.

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