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Become a Volunteer

New volunteer orientations for 2015 are now available! Please see volunteer descriptions below to learn more about requirements and expectations for becoming an animal handling and/or support (non-animal handling) volunteer. Note that an approximate 6 month commitment (minimum of 4 hours weekly) is asked of those who wish to be animal handling volunteers due to the level of training provided and the daily scheduling needs that support our busiest seasons. As of May 1st we will extend our business hours and will be seeking support across all shift times which are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-8pm.

Animal Handling Volunteers

Help with the day to day work at the center including hand feeding baby mammals and birds, caring for injured adults, doing laundry, dishes, making food, cleaning up urine/feces, ect. These volunteers help with all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. 

Animal Handling Volunteers are required to volunteer at least one 4-hour shift each week, approximately April – September, with morning hours available October – March.  Animal handeling volunteers are much needed,  it's a lot of cleaning, bending/standing, dishes and laundry, but its necessary to get the animals back out into the wild! Please note that wild animal handling is unlike working with dogs and cats. These animals need to stay wild (there is no cuddling or petting).  

Support Volunteers

Help keep the Center running. There is no specific time commitment; because of this, support volunteers are not allowed to work in direct contact with the animals. Support volunteers may provide assistance with fundraising, grant writing, cleaning cages, doing laundry and dishes, running errands, paperwork, etc. 

*It is our policy that ALL volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Anyone under 18 is required to submit parent or guardian signed authorization to volunteer. Note that anyone ages 12-15 must have a parent or guardian with them during their shifts. Exceptions may be considered if the child meets the minimum age requirements in the same month (or within 4 weeks) of their volunteer start date.

Please click on a date below to send us an email with:
  • Your First and Last Name
  • Your email address (if different from the one being used to register)
  • Phone number where you can be reached
  • If you are bringing anyone else; please include their names
  • If anyone attending is under 18*

We will contact you back to confirm your registration (please allow a few days). There is a maximum of 10 individuals per session, so if your chosen session is booked, we will ask you about an alternate date. Because we require a minimum of 5 registrations to conduct a session, you will be notified in advance if a session is cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 

January
Saturday 24th Noon – 1 pm Session is Full

February
Sunday 22nd Noon – 1 pm   
Session is Full

March 
Monday the 9th from 6 pm-7 pm   Session is Full
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April
Wednesday the 8th from 6 pm-7 pm  Session is Full
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May
Saturday the 23rd from 11am -12pm 
Session is Full

Future Sessions are TBD 

If you are interested in volunteering and are unable to attend a group session or a group session is not available, call us at 630-365-3800 or write to us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to discuss onsite, on-demand orientation options. Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any additional questions.  

 

What is it like to be a volunteer at Fox Valley Wildlife Center?

Our volunteers have dedication and passion to do what it takes to help give orphaned and injured wildlife a second chance. From feedings and cage cleanings to food prep and laundry, every effort from our volunteers is important to the goal of rehabilitating and releasing our local wildlife.

What’s the payoff? We all experience something different and special from our efforts, be it the gratification of providing a clean environment for the injured to rest or the feeling of making a difference for Mother Nature’s creatures in need; not to mention the unique opportunities to observe what we don’t always get to see out in nature. Check out what it’s like from a few of our volunteers:

A Goose in Need
Hugs that Stole My Heart
Me and My Shadow
Savvy Squirrel