Wildlife Volunteer

Department: 
Wildlife
Reports to: 
Manager of Wildlife
Position Summary: 

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, MA, with a mission to inspire a passion for science and nature.

The EcoTarium houses a variety of native and non-native mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Wildlife volunteers assist staff with the daily care of the animals, including cleaning, feeding and basic medical care.

Qualifications: 
  • Previous experience with animals is preferred, but not required
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be willing to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Must be willing to communicate via email
  • Must be able to commit to at least one day a week for 6 months
  • Must pass a CORI background check in accordance with EcoTarium guidelines
  • Must volunteer at 1 EcoTarium Event per year
Responsibilities: 

Level One Volunteer: In this level, you will learning most of the fundamentals in caring for animals in our collection.

  • Indoor animals (Reptile Row, Roaches, Geckos, Wood Turtles, Box Turtle, Fresh Water Habit, Guinea Pigs). Only care for those animals you are cleared for and always follow staff instructions.
  • Prepare diets and clean enclosures, assist staff with routine veterinary care
  • Laundry, dishes, cleaning of counters and floors
  • Clean windows, sweep and mop front room in animal corner
  • Ethograms/behavioral observations
  • Extra duties as assigned

(Must complete 50 hours of continual service in order to advance to Level Two).

Level Two Volunteer:  In this level, you will be learning even more of the fundamentals in caring for animals in our collection.

Level One Duties, plus:

  • Indoor animals (Bullfrog, White’s tree frog, Salamanders, Scorpions, Tide pool, Chinchillas,  Hedgehogs, Rat).  Only care for those animals you are cleared for and always follow staff instructions.
  • Medication administration, Exercising animals, Enrichment, Deep-cleaning mammals, handling of animals outside of medical care
  • Extra duties as assigned

(Must complete 100 hours of continual service in order to advance to Level Three).

Level Three Volunteer:  In this level, you have mastered the skills of basis animal husbandry, enrichment, and behavioral observations.

Level One and Two Duties, plus:

  • Indoor animals (Racket, Porcupine, Opossums).  Only care for those animals you are cleared for and always follow staff instructions.
  • Assist with public presentations
  • Assist with training sessions
  • Possibility of learning about operant conditioning
  • Mentoring other volunteers in training of new duties

Please Note: Advancement from one level to the next is also contingent on your initiative and staff evaluation.  Some animals may not be a good fit for everyone and even within the level, you may not interact with every species.  This is in the best interest of the animals and the department as a whole.

Instructions: 

Download the Volunteer Application

Mail to:

Coordinator of Volunteer Resources
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604

or email:

volunteer@ecotarium.org