New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy

Principles of Volunteering at the Center

One of the Center’s most significant education programs is its volunteer program. Volunteering at the Center is all about learning. It is also about doing something for the community, especially the community of wild animals that live in and among our neighborhoods. There are no age barriers for volunteers; anyone of any age can come to the Center and participate in caring for animals and helping the Center provide for its own unique community.

Volunteers work on special events like our “Night of a Thousand Faces” Halloween event.  Volunteers also conduct tours, raise money, walk our llama and goat, clean, feed and exercise reptiles, conduct birthday parties, and assist in the exams of animals for the Odd Pet Vet.  As volunteers work and care for animals and our facility they are taught about the biology of life on Earth, about work and work ethic, and about how to ask investigative and discovery style questions.  Volunteers work along side wildlife biologists, veterinarians, interns, and other volunteers.  The Center embraces and encourages mentor style hands-on apprentice–type education and work.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can use the link below to download the application, and then when you are finished you can bring it in to the next scheduled volunteer training session. You only have to attend one day of training. Do not mail these applications to us please, we prefer them to be hand-delivered at the session! Thanks!

Download Volunteer Application






113 Comments to “Volunteer

  1. Anh Hoang says:

    I read the answers from the center and understood that I need to go to the orientation in order to know about the volunteer position and complete the application form. Is that right?
    Thank you

  2. Brittany says:

    Hello. I was wondering when the next volunteer orientation is so I could attend?

  3. Abby Sosland says:

    My daughter (12 years old) and I would like to volunteer during the week of July 14th. Unfortunately we will be out of town on June 20th and June 21st (the next training session). Is there any other option for volunteer training?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Abby, you can call the Center at (781) 682-4878 and ask for Steve our volunteer coordinator. He might be able to work out some kind of alternative arrangements.

  4. Nina McDonnell says:

    I am 17 and I’m planning to attend the volunteer training session on June 21st. On the application, there is a spot asking for volunteer position preferences and I was wondering what the options were. I’ve gotta sign up for other things this summer, and I think that my schedule for other activities will depend upon my position/hours at the wildlife center. Do you have a list of the different positions and their time requirements that I could look at?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Nina,unfortunately I do not have a list for you as roles and hours tend to vary quite a bit person to person. I can tell you that our volunteer coordinator is usually very flexible with the hours that people end up getting, and it usually gets worked out on a case to case basis.

  5. Heather FD says:

    Is a volunteer session running tomorrow? My 10 year old daughter is eager to volunteer at an organization such as yours. We will be coming down from Cambridge.


  6. Hello,

    I run the Religious Education program at a UU church, and our Youth Group is interested in volunteering. It looks like your volunteer application is geared towards individuals, is there a separate application for groups?

    Thank you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Julian, we do not have an application specific to a larger group of people, but having your Youth Group volunteer here is something that sounds like it has great potential. If you call us at (781) 682-4878 and ask for Nina or Steve they should be able to work through this more with you. Thanks!

  7. Lauren says:

    Hi! My friend and I are 12 years old, and we were wondering how we could volunteer. We could bring a parent, and we are open to any kind of volunteering.
    Thanks !

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Lauren, at that age you are going to need to come with a parent or guardian, but we would love to have you volunteer! We have an application available on the website under the volunteer tab. All you have to do is fill it out and bring it to our volunteer training session, which happens every month on the third Saturday of the month and the Friday before it. Hope to see you around!

  8. Pruett says:

    I was wondering if there is volunteer training in April as it is Easter weekend. Thanks so much,

  9. Jessica says:

    I wasn’t sure where else to put this question. I’m trying to get over my sheer terror of bats. I know they’re good for the environment and I WANT to like them but they still do freak me out.

    What I’m wondering is if you have any bats there that I could meet or see close up. Sometimes we have bats in a warehouse that I practice my sport in and I’d like to not run screaming every time one flits by.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jessica, we do not have any bats at the moment, but I wish you the best of luck with your attempt to get over the fear. If we get any bats in there will probably be a post to either our website or facebook.

  10. Ann says:

    Hi. I was wondering if older adults also volunteer or is it mostly younger folks? I am in my 40′s live local and have always thought about looking into being a volunteer at your center. Now that I am laid off and only working Per Diem and have time on my hands it seems like the perfect time to make the first steps and finally do it. I have experience working in an office, with kids in a classroom setting, and running workshops, etc. I have always wanted to help animals, and this seems like a wonderful opportunity, and place to do that. Also, will the volunteer training be tomorrow, and at 12 pm (Saturday Feb, 15)? Thank you.

    PS. Oh, and I have worked in the cleaning services, have animals, and I don’t mind in the least getting my hands dirty.:)

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ann, Absolutely. We welcome everyone and thank you for offering your help. We always need it~ Our next volunteer orientation is tomorrow at noon. The orientations are the third Saturday of each month at 12. You can fill out an application and learn all about the program. We look forward to seeing you. :)

  11. Kahli says:

    Hi, I voulunteered at the center a couple years ago and i wanted to get a hold of steve so does he have an email or is the only way to contact him through the wildlife center phone number?

  12. Ednita Guerrero says:


    I was wondering when is your orientation date for January. I’m really interested in volunteering.


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ednita, Our volunteer orientations are the third Saturday of the month at 12 noon. Hope to see you there. If you have any other questions, please give us a call at 781 682 4878. :)

  13. emma says:

    How old do you have to be to volunteer?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Emma, There is no age requirement for volunteering but if you are under 17 you have to have a parent or guardian with you. We hold volunteer trainings on the third Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Please come by and Steve Martin can answer your questions. Have a good day!

  14. Abi+Jessi+kate says:

    Can we come today for the volunteering and what time is it at?

  15. jacob says:

    hi my name is jacob i have heard that the volenteer meeting is on the 3rd saturday but i dont know what hour it is.please help me

  16. Alexandra says:

    Hi, my name is Alexandra! I’m a senior at Bedford High School in New Hampshire and I was looking to volunteer at a place that rehabilitates animals!! At my school we do this thing called a senior project in order to graduate and I was wondering if there was anyway I could volunteer here!! Please get back to me if you can!!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Alexandra, Give us a call at 781 682 4878 and ask for Steve Martin. I think you live too far away to drive all the way here, but we can talk about it. :) We hold volunteer orientations on the third Saturday of each month at 12 noon. Steve is our volunteer coordinator and he can answer all you questions and you can fill out an application then too. Steve works part-time so you can also ask for Nina Flaherty if Steve isn’t in. Have a good night.

  17. Ana says:

    HI I’m currently 15 and I live in Boston and I am Really desperate to volunteer there. Can I please have your email so we can chat? thank you

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ana, Thanks for your interest! :) We hold volunteer orientations on the third Saturday of each month at 12 noon. You can fill out an application there and Steve Martin, our volunteer coordinator, will answer any questions. You can also call him at 781 682 4878 x126. If you would like reach us by email, you can send it to Have a good night. Hope to meet you soon.

  18. Jocelyn says:

    Hello, I am from the Hoof ‘n Whiskers 4-H group, I was wondering if my club and I could come for a tour, we would also like to donate some things.

    Thanks, Jocelyn

  19. jill says:

    I’m looking to get my daisy girl scout troop a day to volunteer there and maybe get a tour? I was looking in around october, I’d also love to see if the girls could carve pumpkins for your halloween walk we usually do meetings on wednesdays from 2-4but I can adjust the schedule as needed. Cant wait to work with you guys!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      That sounds terrific Jill! We can definitely use your help in carving! Please call Nina Flaherty at 781 682 4878 x119 for carving and Steve at x126 for a tour. :)

  20. Hello,
    My name is Joseph Mathew, a highly experienced business consultant with 20+ years intensive business and consulting experience. I am educated at University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Harvard University. I have a CPA and other designations. I have some very strong abilities to volunteer and help NE Wildlife Center. I sent in my volunteer application and resume, but still have not heard back. I think it would make a lot of sense to at least have a discussion about the pro bono consulting services I can offer. It has created some strong value with many non-profits, particularly those in wildlife and nature.
    Please feel free to reach out to me at your earliest convenience. I am available for a call or site visit, as I live in the Boston area.
    With best regards,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Joe, Thanks so much for your offer. Our volunteer coordinator is Steve Martin at 781 682 4878 x126. We hold volunteer orientations on the third Saturday of every month at 12. That is the starting place for our program. Steve gives an overview of the Center, services we need and answers questions. I hope you will come visit us. Best regards.

      • Hi Katrina,
        Yes, I faxed Steve the complete volunteer application and forms, but have not heard anything back. Thus, I decided to be a bit more proactive. I will attend this month (9/21). I look forward to meeting folks there. I will also bring the same volunteer package that I filled out just in case somehow the fax got lost there.

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Sounds good. I will forward your message along to Steve as well. We don’t generally accept volunteer applications by fax because we don’t have a designated staff person to sort through them. Faxes get picked up by the people who know they will be receiving a fax. Best bet is orientation. Glad you will be there.

  21. Devin says:

    Hi, once we do start volunteering, how flexible are the schedules? Because of sports practices and matches things can be a bit hectic, not to mention that the drive out there is about an hour.

  22. Eden says:

    For the volunteer orientation, can we just come or is there some kind of way we’re supposed to sign up? Thanks!

  23. Jessica Hien says:


    To volunteer do people just need to go to the orientation and fill out an application? Is there any other processes or paperwork that must be filled out beof re going to he orientation?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jessica, We have a section on this website that explains the process for volunteering too. We run a volunteer orientation on the third Saturday of each month and the Friday before the third Saturday (which isn’t always the third fri). You fill out an application at that time and Steve Martin will explain the process from there. Thanks.

  24. Sean Keegan says:

    Will I have to attend orientation on either Friday OR Saturday, or both?

  25. Tanja says:

    Hi there! Will you also be having an orientation this Friday, 7/19/13? Thank you!

  26. Charles Everman says:

    Thank you Katrina

  27. Charles Everman says:

    I would like to know the date of the next orientation for July. Thank You Charles

  28. Apryl Sahadi says:

    I’m interested in knowing more about volunteering and wildlife rehabilitation courses.

    Thanks you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Apryl, All the info you want is right here on the site. For volunteering you can attend an orientation the third Saturday of every month. There you can fill out an application and ask any questions. Hope to see you soon. :)

  29. Devin Nigro says:


    I am just curiouse on the volenteer application. On the possition preference section it says “read the opportunities available and the time requirements of these opportunities” where would I find that informaition?

  30. Deanna says:

    Hello! My name is Deanna and I am interested in volunteering at the New England Wildlife Center. From what I can see there is an orientation March 16 at 12pm and that is where I should bring my application? Also I saw that you mentioned that there are orientations on the Friday’s before the 3rd Saturday of every month also? So would there be an orientation March 15th as well at the same time?

    Thank you,
    Deanna Moore

  31. Kristen says:


    I am interested in volunteering and gaining experience working with wildlife as I am applying to veterinary school this fall. I have printed & filled out an application and would like to attend the orientation in March. Just to verify–would the orientation be March 23rd at noon? Is there anything else I should bring with me besides the application or should I send the application in beforehand?

    Thank you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kristen, Volunteer trainings are the 3rd Saturday of each month, which is the 16th. You can bring your application in with you. Call the front desk at 781 682 4878 closer to the date, just to confirm. We look forward to seeing you. Have a good day. :)

      • Kristen says:

        Ah, yes the 16th! See you then.

        Also, I have summers off since I am a teacher and was wondering if an internship would be an option although I will be finishing my Masters this spring?

        Thanks again,


        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Absolutely Kristen – right now we are going through the interviewing process for summer time. There is an application here on our website. We love teachers! :) Dr. Rob is our wildlife veterinarian and intern coordinator. You may also like to connect with Dr. Martinez who teaches in and out of school time for younger kids mostly in Boston Public Schools. There may be useful things for you in both places. Best to call me us – 781-682-4878 x119 – Nina. We’ll figure this out. Have a good day. Best, Katrina :)

  32. Jessica says:

    Hi, I’m interested in volunteering but I dont know what to do after I have filled out the application form.

  33. Priscilla says:

    Hi! I am interested in applying for the internship, but first I was hoping to get some experience volunteering. I live in NY, and will be in the Boston for only a weekend coming up in October. If I send in a volunteer application now, is there anyway I can volunteer for that weekend? It happens to be the third weekend in October, so I was thinking of going to the orientation. Would I be able to get any volunteer time in afterward? Thanks so much!

  34. Alicia Kenneally says:

    hai , so i’d love to volunteer , I have always wanted to deal with animals … i tried to get into a agricultural school but was put on a waiting list … i was hoping i could volunteer at the Center … i have a few questions to ask but not on here so if someone could email me that’d be great ! -thank you for your time

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Alicia, Thank you for your interest in volunteering. The best thing to do is call Steve Martin at the Center – 781 682 4878 x126. He will answer any questions that you have. There is a volunteer orientation the third Saturday of every month at 12 too. Hope to see you soon! :)

  35. JULIA -P says:

    hii would like to know if there is any spots open for the nursery i filled out the aplication please get back to me when you can thankyou from julia.p

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Julia, To start the process of volunteering at the Center, you first attend a volunteer orientation. They are held on the third Saturday of each month at noon. There is one this Saturday. At the orientation you can find out what volunteer opportunities there are and see if you are interested. If you have questions in the meantime, please call 781 682 4878 x126 to speak with Steve Martin our volunteer coordinator. Thanks so much. Have a great day.

  36. Kim says:

    I am very interested in volunteering and will be filling out an application right now. Are the orientations open to anyone or do I need to have filled out a volunteer application previously and been contacted? Also, are the orientations located at the address listed in the “contact us” section of the website? Thanks.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kim, You can bring your application to the orientation, no problem. The orientation is held on the third Saturday of each month at 12 noon. Yes, it is held at the Center which is located at 500 Columbian Street in South Weymouth. Our phone number is 781 682 4878. See you soon!

  37. Angie says:

    If I were to go to the orientation this Saturday, would I be able to get 10 hours of volunteer work before the school year starts. The hours would go towards my community service.
    Thank you,

  38. Nicole Beck says:

    I plan on volunteering. I will be seventeen on Sunday. What is the date and time to the next orientation?

  39. Chandler says:

    Is there hazmat training available at the Center? If so, how old do you have to be to become Hazmat trained?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Chandler, I am assuming you are already a volunteer. All volunteers are required to receive a hazmat training. Steve Martin schedules them – 781 682 4878 x126. Have a good day.

  40. rebecca says:

    i am signing my son up to volunteer and was just wondering when the next orientation is.
    thank you

  41. jen says:

    I am planning on attending orientation with my 11 yr old daughter so we can hopefully volunteer this summer. I have a 7 yr old son too. Would he be able to volunteer or is he too young?

  42. Polina Bulgakova says:

    Hello, I went to the volunteering orientation on the 17th of March, however because I am enrolled in a school two hours away from home I could not start volunteering just yet. I am, however coming home next week and plan on volunteering for the next 4 months. Should I go to another orientation first or go ahead and schedule my days? I don’t have my paperwork with me therefore I am not sure exactly who to call on this matter and I want to set everything up as soon as possible so as to start volunteering shortly after coming home.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Polina, You only need to attend one volunteer orientation. You should contact Steve Martin to set up next steps. Look forward to having you at New England Wildlife Center! :)

      • Polina Bulgakova says:

        Thank you, I’m excited! Is there an e-mail or phone number I can contact him by, I can’t seem to find it on the website? Or should I just call the center and ask for him?

  43. Janis says:


    Where will I be able to find the list of volunteer positions?


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Janis, thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Center. The application is on line and their is a monthly volunteer orientation – third Sat of the month at noon – where we talk about all of the opportunities. Please call the Center and talk with Nina to double check because sometimes they are moved to a different Saturday. When you fill out your application, please write in your goals for volunteering at the Center, even though there isn’t yet a space for that on the application. That way, we can make sure we can accommodate you. I look forward to meeting you. Have a nice Friday. Best regards, Katrina

  44. Hi my name is Mia and my friend and I are interested in volunteering but the only thing is we are 12 years old …………Can we still volunteer with no parent or guardian super vision? Please help!!!


  45. mia celestino says:

    Hi my name is Mia and me and my best friend Ryan are interesting in volunteering but our age is 12 ……… is it possible for us to both sign up without an adults super vision? We are very intrested and work very properly with all animals. Please let me know if this is possible

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Mia,

      Unfortunately its our policy that all volunteers under age 17 need to have an adult guardian with them while volunteering. Maybe one of your parents can come help out with you and Ryan.

      –NEWC Staff

  46. Jennifer Cronin says:

    I am interested in volunteering with my 9 year old daughter. She is passionate about animals and the environment. Would this be possible?
    Thank you!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jennifer, Yes. There is a volunteer application form that you can download from this website and bring with you to the volunteer orientation which is held on the third saturday of each month from 12 -2. Directions are on this website too. You can also call 781 682 4878. We look forward to meeting you. Have a great day! Best, Katrina

  47. Vanessa Spano says:

    To Whom It May Concern:
    I am a current junior at Barnard College, Columbia University, studying pre-veterinary and Biology. I have been working at a veterinary clinic in NYC for about 2 years so I am great handling domestic animals. I would, however, like experience with more of a variety of animals, not just cats and dogs. Would I be able to interact one-on-one with the animals if I volunteer and would I be able to volunteer for maybe just 2 weeks in the summer (because I live in New York)?
    Thanks so much and look forward to hearing back from you!

  48. Jacqueline Gervais says:


    I am interested in volunteering but have a question on the application. There is a section that asks to list the positions we would be interested in and the time requirements but there isn’t a list of positions. Can you tell what positions are available and the time frames of those positions?

    Thanks! Jackie

    • Great question Jacqueline,

      Positions at the center all blend into one during your stay. What the application is asking for in this segment is what are your interested positions/ focuses while being here i.e. public presenter, animal care taker, office work, media work, out reach programmer, odd job/ craft projects ect.

      There are basic day to day tasks that you will be instructed to contribute to that may not fall under the “fun” category, but it is essential that these types of task get complete every day.

      Volunteer orientations are held every 3rd Saturday of the month at 12 noon, at which time commitments will be explained more in detail.

      See you there!

  49. Simone,

    The Center takes in volunteers all year round. After filling out the application that you can download here, you must attend a volunteer orientation to be put on the schedule.

    Orientations are held every 3rd Saturday of the month at Noon. The next one will be October 15th @ noon.

    See you there,


  50. Simone McCarthy says:

    I would like to volunteer some of my time on weekends.

    Please let me know a direct eamil to send my application

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