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Full Time
11/11/2019
Houston, TX
Adventure Guide, Rockin’ Robin, Surfin’ Bird and JAGs
Volunteers at TWRC Wildlife Center are the backbone of our organization. They supply the force behind our mission to rehabilitate, release and education the public. We are inspired by our volunteers’ devotion to the community responsibility of caring for our Texas wildlife.
Since we started keeping records in 1992, our Center has helped more than 145,000 wild animals. Our volunteers have a very unique opportunity at TWRC. They get to be a part of an organization that established the first wildlife emergency facility in Houston, which has admitted over 392 different species. Over the years our seasoned volunteers and staff have acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience and are eager to share with individuals who want to join our mission to help wildlife. Volunteers leave here having the knowledge and ability to help any injured or orphaned wild animal they may encounter.
Opportunities to Help With Education Include:

Adventure Guide Responsibilities: This position is responsible for leading our wildlife camp programs.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 18 years of age.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 3 shifts per week – for 5 camp weeks between June and August. Rockin’ Robin Responsibilities: This position is responsible for facilitating informal education programs (Festivals, service project events, birthday parties) and assisting with formal education programs (classroom programs, lectures, scout merit programs, center tours, etc.). To fully support wildlife, we must help the public understand how to live harmoniously with all of them.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 15 years of age.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 1 shift quarterly. Surfin’ Bird Responsibilities: This position is responsible for completing internship specific projects or goals and assisting with formal and informal education programming.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 18 years of age.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 1 shift per week during internship. JAGs Responsibilities: This position is responsible for assisting with Summer Wildlife Camp programs as a Junior Adventure Guide.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member and be at least 14 years of age.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work a minimum of 3 shifts per week – for 5 camp weeks between June and August.

Full Time
11/11/2019
Houston, TX
Vet Room Staff, Vet Room Assistant and Wildlife Rehabilitator
Volunteers at TWRC Wildlife Center are the backbone of our organization. They supply the force behind our mission to rehabilitate, release and education the public. We are inspired by our volunteers’ devotion to the community responsibility of caring for our Texas wildlife.
Since we started keeping records in 1992, our Center has helped more than 145,000 wild animals. Our volunteers have a very unique opportunity at TWRC. They get to be a part of an organization that established the first wildlife emergency facility in Houston, which has admitted over 392 different species. Over the years our seasoned volunteers and staff have acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience and are eager to share with individuals who want to join our mission to help wildlife. Volunteers leave here having the knowledge and ability to help any injured or orphaned wild animal they may encounter.
Advance Level Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Vet Room Staff Responsibilities: Concerned rescuers bring orphaned and/or injured wildlife of all kinds to receive first aid in our Vet Room by qualified individuals who are trained to work with a wide variety of species. They trust us to skillfully and knowledgably assess the needs of the animal they took time to rescue and to administer the initial care needed, giving each animal the compassion and dignity it deserves. Vet Room Staff have the privilege of examining wildlife up close and responsible for overseeing the examination, assessment, and treatment of all daily admissions.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member. Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active Vet Room Assistant, completing 60 hours of service within a period not to exceed 6 months, have experience rehabbing at least one species and be sub-permitted, permitted or actively seeking permits.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month. Vet Room Assistant Responsibilities: Vet Room Assistants help Vet Room Staff stay organized so that they may be more focused on addressing the needs of each animal in a timely manner. This opportunity also serves as a training field in which the Vet Room Assistant learns more about the initial assessment and care of new wildlife admissions.Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member. Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active TWRC Center Volunteer, completing 20 hours of center service within a period not to exceed 4 months, have experience rehabbing at least one species and be sub-permitted, permitted or actively seeking permits.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.
Wildlife Rehabilitator Responsibilities: After receiving initial care in the TWRC Vet room, a permitted rehabilitator specializing in that species accepts the animal into their home for ongoing personal care until the animal is old enough to be released and/or has fully recovered from injuries or illnesses.Pre-requisites: Must be at least 21 years of age, be an active TWRC Center Volunteer, completing 20 hours of center service  and  become  sub-permitted. Hours must be earned within the 6-month period immediately preceding being sub-permitted and/or receiving animals. TWRC provides all training through its Mentorship Program for Wildlife Rehabilitators and help obtaining permits.Ongoing Commitment: Depends upon species rehabbed.
Part Time
11/11/2019
League City, TX
This is a volunteer, unpaid position.
The Volunteer Firefighter protects the community in a wide range of emergency situations. The Volunteer Firefighter may be called upon to deliver fire suppression, emergency medical assistance, rescue, hazardous material responses, public education and other various duties as assigned.
Example of Duties/Essential Functions: Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes fire Responds to calls for medical assists Responds to and renders assistance in emergency cases; Cleans and inspects equipment and apparatus after returning from a fire; Inspects equipment and apparatus and notifies chain of command of any defects; Makes minor repairs to equipment and apparatus, performs routine preventative maintenance tasks, and keeps records of such action; Keeps fire station, equipment and grounds in a clean and orderly condition; Participates in training activities and instruction sessions; Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the City, including streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items; Performs various public information or education tasks; Enters inspection, training and (on occasion) and fire calls into the records management system Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City and Department policies and procedures; Works with other City departments on a daily basis  Other Duties and Responsibilities: May respond to emergency calls for specialized service such as hazardous materials, confined spaces rescue, extrication and technical rescues that include high angle, below grade, swift water, trench and collapse rescues; May respond to non-emergency calls providing a wide rang of public service activities May be assigned other duties by Fire Administration Staff
FT & PT
10/28/2019
Houston, TX
Busy Bee and Lizard Lounge
Volunteers at TWRC Wildlife Center are the backbone of our organization. They supply the force behind our mission to rehabilitate, release and education the public. We are inspired by our volunteers’ devotion to the community responsibility of caring for our Texas wildlife.
Since we started keeping records in 1992, our Center has helped more than 145,000 wild animals. Our volunteers have a very unique opportunity at TWRC. They get to be a part of an organization that established the first wildlife emergency facility in Houston, which has admitted over 392 different species. Over the years our seasoned volunteers and staff have acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience and are eager to share with individuals who want to join our mission to help wildlife. Volunteers leave here having the knowledge and ability to help any injured or orphaned wild animal they may encounter.
Entry Level Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Busy Bee Responsibilities: This position is responsible for maintaining TWRC’s facility where the public bring injured, orphaned and ill wildlife for care. Our facility must be clean and orderly so that we can operate efficiently to provide quality care to wildlife in need. This entry level position is responsible for washing dishes and crates, animal laundry, assembling animal aquaria, food prep and other activities to support the center. Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member, TWRC provides all training.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.
Lizard Lounge Responsibilities: The lobby where the education animals reside is the first thing the public will see and smell when they enter the door. It is imperative that it be maintained to the highest standards. Our education animals deserve the best quality diets as well as a variety of enrichment activities. These animals are critical to the success of our education program. This entry level position is responsible for the daily feeding and care of all education animals (squirrels, opossum, screech owl, non-venomous snakes, turtles, lizards, and a woodpecker).
Pre-requisites: Be a current TWRC member, TWRC provides all training.Ongoing Commitment: Commit to work at least 12 hours per month.
Full Time
10/28/2019
Houston, TX
Want to make a difference in the lives of Houston's homeless animals? Become a Friends For Life Volunteer! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, and all of them make a true difference to the animals in our care. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and attend volunteer orientation and training. Additional training beyond initial orientation and training may be required for some volunteer opportunities. Community Service hours cannot be completed through the Friends For Life Volunteer Program. Administrative Volunteers Help with the general administrative tasks that help keep the shelter running every day. This includes writing, data entry, filing and much more. Adoption Counselors Support our animals in finding their forever homes by reviewing adoption applications, conducting interviews and working side-by-side with adoptions staff to screen applicants for placement into adoptive homes. Behavior Volunteers Learn about animal behavior and work directly with our behaviorists and trainers to rehabilitate animals at the shelter with behavior challenges. Cat Volunteers Support cats that live at the shelter, or at our Petsmart adoption center, by caring for their daily needs, socializing them, feeding, providing enrichment and maintaining their living spaces. Knowledge of cat behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity. Dog Volunteers Care for dogs that are temporarily boarding at the shelter by walking, providing enrichment, feeding, training, socializing them and maintaining their living spaces. Knowledge of dog behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity. Fix Houston Help locate cat colonies by walking targeted neighborhoods and talking to residents. Set up traps and catch cats, transport them to be vaccinated and spayed/neutered, help them recover from surgery and drive them back to their home territories. Work Fix Houston events offering free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pets belonging to residents in underserved sections of Houston. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity. Mobile Adoption Event Volunteers Work at our off-site mobile adoption locations and assist in setting up the mobile adoption area, caring for and handling the animals, and speaking to the public about Friends For Life's mission and programs. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity. Reception Volunteer at our front desk and be the friendly face of Friends For Life by greeting the public and helping answer phones.