Advance Level Volunteer Opportunities
TWRC Wildlife Center
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.
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.