We Can’t Do It Without You!
Florida Wildlife Hospital (FWH) would not be able to assist over 5,000 patients annually without the work of dedicated and motivated volunteers. Working side by side with staff, volunteers provide quality, compassionate care for our patients and help to empower our community through education to protect native Florida wildlife and their natural environment.
FWH strives to provide experiences that make the giving of volunteer time worthwhile, rewarding, and enriching. There are endless opportunities to learn about native wildlife and make a difference in the community while volunteering with FWH.
In 2019, our volunteers contributed over 15,000 hours to help Keep Wildlife Wild!
Becoming A Volunteer
- Adult volunteers (18+) must make a 3-hour minimum commitment twice a month. At this time, due to COVID protocols, volunteers must commit to a shift on the same day each week or every other week. There will be no “drop-in” volunteering at this time. If you wish to volunteer more than this, we strongly support and appreciate it!
Those under 16 years of age are not eligible to volunteer on FWH property.
Students ages 16 and 17:
- Must complete 30 hours within 4 months for paperwork for school to be signed off.
- Will have limited interaction with animals until contributing at least 30 hours.
- Must have a Parental Permission form signed an on file after orientation.
- All volunteers must successfully pass a criminal background check, after submitting an application.
- All potential volunteers will need to complete a phone interview prior to attending orientations.
- Must attend one 1.5-hour orientation with a $20 fee which covers t-shirt and overview of the program and facility.
- Must attend one 3-hour training day after attending orientation.
- We do not accept any court-ordered community service.
- Volunteers must agree to and sign our Liability Release and all policies related to FWH.
Please carefully read all of the information above before applying.
Current Volunteer Openings
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please indicate the primary area in which you’re interested in your application. We offer many growth opportunities and the chance to work with other species or in other areas as you progress in your volunteering. If you submit an application, it will only be considered for the open positions below.
Entry-level volunteers are taught all of the basic tasks associated with helping the hospital. These tasks include: laundry, dishes, wash station, diet prep, tortoise care, and sanitizing. All of these tasks are the foundation learning essentials for all volunteers. Even the highest level volunteers still complete all of these tasks as needed around the hospital. You will be asked to complete a minimum of 30 hours working at this level before advancing on to more areas of the hospital. Volunteers will progress according to reliability, accuracy, dependability, and hospital needs.
The hospital does not currently employ any maintenance or landscaping employees. Most of our maintenance and landscaping needs are completed by volunteers. We are equipped with a full shop of tools and equipment but often need volunteers to help complete the list of projects we constantly have going. The facility is also located on 5 acres and routinely needs to be mowed, trimmed, edged, and landscaped. Having multiple volunteers able to assist with all of these demands is key to maintaining a healthy and fully functioning hospital. This position does not require volunteers to learn dishes, laundry, etc. but will not be working directly with animals.
How To Apply To Volunteer
For questions regarding Florida Wildlife Hospital’s Volunteer Program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (321) 254-8843 ext. 202 or OVM@floridawildlifehospital.org
Please see our current volunteer openings and submit an application below apply to volunteer.
Volunteer Partner Groups
Bring your organization or business and give back in a BIG way! Group volunteer opportunities include gardening, building projects, and more. To learn about Volunteer Group Projects, including Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at OVM@floridawildlifehospital.org