New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Volunteer Testimonials

39 Comments to “Volunteer Testimonials”

  1. Leslie Balch says:

    Hello,

    I have been interested in volunteering for the wildlife center. I am very interested in wildlife rehab and it has always been a dream of mine since I was a child to get involved. I am currently waiting for health care so I can fill out the paperwork to volunteer.

    Could you tell me what kinds of tasks I could be doing? Would the tasks be directly involved with the animals care such as food and water. Or would I be directly working with the public? Thank you very much for any information you can provide me.

  2. Reese says:

    hello! I have been wanting to volunteer for a while now. I went to the center today (11/4/13). they said that we could go to the center and volunteer. what time do you have to be there on November 16? and is there an age limit? do I need a parent to come with me? and can I print a volunteer slip thing up?? oh! I’m 10! can I just work with the turtles?? thanks!
    ~reese

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Reese, So glad to hear from you. Yes, you do need a parent with you and you can come to a training. The trainings are on the third Saturday of each month. You can fill out the application at the meeting. Safari Steve Martin holds the training and will answer all your questions. Hope to see you soon. Today was a great day, glad you were here with your class. Katrina

      • Reese says:

        thanks! ill be there!!!

        • Marie says:

          Hi Reese,
          My 6 year old son was given 2 small red eared slider turtles. I had no idea how much care they need and am unable to take proper care of them. I’m doing the best I can now but they need a bigger tank, special light and proper basking area. I’m wondering if your parents would allow you to keep them?
          Let me know please. 617-851-1757
          Marie

  3. Laura says:

    Hi, my name is Laura Christie, I am 19 years old and currently attend Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. I was wondering if there was any opportunity to volunteer in the upcoming spring of 2014. If this is possible please let me know as I want to do it as a part of my “senior project” here at school for three weeks. Feel free to email me any time!
    Thanks!

  4. Paige says:

    Hi. I am 11 years old and I was wandering if that was old enough to volunteer. I was also wandering what I can do when I volunteer

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Paige, :) Yes you can volunteer. You have to have your mom, dad or guardian in the building with you unless you are 17. We have orientations for volunteers on the third Saturday of every month at 12 noon. At the meeting, Steve will tell you all about things volunteers can do. Thanks. Hope to see you soon. :)

  5. jacob says:

    hi
    i am 12 turning 13 in november. i was wondering if i could volenteer at this age

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jacob – Absolutely. You just need to have a parent or guardian with you. Our orientations are the third Saturday of every month at 12:00. Safari Steve will give you an application to fill out, a tour, and all the information you need. Hope to see you soon. :)

  6. Patty says:

    Hi,
    My son Alex and I just completed the volunteer orientation, reptile training, and meeting with the vet. We would like to begin volunteering. We exchanged phone msgs with Mr. Martin and he said he needed help on Wednesdays. We called and left a msg with him that we can do that. Since we haven’t heard back we are wondering if we should just show up on Wednesdays or if we need to be booked in to a specific time slot. We are coming from a bit of a distance (35 minutes away) so would rather know if that is ok before showing up. Thanks very much! Patty

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Patty, Steve works part-time but you can also contact Nina Flaherty and I am sure she will help you. Her number is 781 682 4878 x119. Thanks. See you soon.

  7. Devon says:

    Hi. I am fifteen and want to volunteer during the summer. Reading the previous comments, Katrina repeatedly says for volunteers under 17 a parent must stay. Do you mean while the minor is volunteering?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      A parent accompanies people under 18 while volunteering at the Center. If you have any questions about that, Steve Martin will be happy to talk to you. He can be reached at 781 682 4878 x126. Thank you. Katrina

      • Brittany says:

        Hello Katrina, my name is Brittany and I have a question regarding the parental supervision while volunteering. I’m 17 and will be 18 on July 17th. Both my mother and my stepfather work late hours and would not be able to accompany me during volunteering if the center chooses to have me there after I attend an orientation. Is there anyway I would still be able to volunteer? I’ve been waiting so long for an opportunity to work with animals and I really don’t want to let the opportunity that I have now slip away. Would we be able to work anything out? -Brittany

  8. Greg Doyle says:

    Hi , my name is Greg I’m 13, turning 14 in July, I have been interested in volunteering at the center for some time now, I have been interested Ina nimals, especially reptiles for I believe 2 years now, I have a private collection at home, diablo, a red tail boa, mojo, a normal ball python, L.G, a leopard gecko, and Shelly, a two year old red eared slider. If I were to be looking into volunteering, where can I find all the info I’ll need, ??

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Greg, You can find all the info you need under the volunteer page on our website. We have a volunteer orientation the third Saturday of every month at 12 noon. You can download and bring an application with you or you can get one at the Center. If you want to talk to someone and have questions, please call Steve Martin at 781 682 4878. He will be happy to talk to you. All of our volunteers under 17 have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. I am excited that you are going to come it. We look forward to meeting you. :)

  9. Megan says:

    Hi
    Im Megan and 15 turning 16 in November, I really want to volunteer but what if my parents can’t stay???

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Megan, Best to give our volunteer coordinator a call at 781 682 4878 x126. He will have all the answers you need. Have a good night. :)

  10. Robbie says:

    Hi, I am thinking about volunteering. Right now I am 14 and wondering as a volunteer what would I be doing? Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Robbie, There is a volunteer orientation at the Center on the third Saturday of each month at 12 noon. Coming to that is a great way to learn about all the opportunities for volunteering. Our volunteers under 17 do need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. I hope you can come to the next one! :)

  11. Kayla says:

    Hi!

    I was wondering if anyone could help me find the times and positions available for vounteering? I cna’t find them on the actual application that you download. I am very interested in volunteering and am in love with all animals!

    Thank you! :)

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kayla, If you can’t find it on the site, give us a call at 781 682 4878 and we will mail one to you. We have a volunteer orientation on the third Saturday or every month at 12 noon. You can attend and get one then if you would like. Thanks. Have a good day.

  12. Jae says:

    i would like to volunteer during the summer but i don’t know the location and i love working with animals. i looked every where to volunteer but couldn’t find one until now. i’m planning to go into DVM but i still have two more year left until i go to college.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jae, The Center is located in South Weymouth, MA at 500 Columbian Street. Our phone number is 781 682 4878. We hold a volunteer orientation the third Saturday of each month at noon. Here you can ask questions and fill out an application. Anyone under 17 has to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Have a great day! Hope to see you soon.

      • Jae says:

        thank you for the reply. i want to volunteer during the summer but my mother won’t let me volunteer and it 2 hours away. i really want to volunteer there because there isn’t a lot of place where i can volunteer here.

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Jae, Yeah, two hours is a long drive. College students who intern at the Center can stay here while they work – just to keep in mind when you start college. I hope you can find another place closer to where you live. This week we will be putting up a live camera of our raccoons if you want to tune in. Thanks for writing! Have a good summer :) katrina

  13. Dawn Fazio says:

    Ive been trying to volunteer here for over 2 months now, you figure they would jump for some free hands to help, but I never heard back, not a word!!!!;( I am currently a student for Vet Assisting and alls I want to do is get my feet wet, Im willing to do anything just to get my foot in the door, Im sooo eager to learn and help!!!! I wish they would get back to me with some kind of reply…;(

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Dawn, Not sure why you haven’t heard back. Have you filled out a volunteer application – you can download one from the website and send it in. Once a month there is a volunteer orientation – please call for date. Volunteers don’t work in our hospital however, but some folks start there. If you are wanting to be considered an application for a undergrad student internship there is also an application form to fill out on our website and fill it. If you have already done these and haven’t heard back, I apologize. We are in the process of orienting a new veterinarian, who is terrific, Dr. Rob. As you can imagine, we are up to our eyeballs in baby wildlife this time of year. Please understand that there are only 3 full timers at the Center, the rest are volunteers. We are not a government organization, nor are we part of a large nonprofit or universities. We are a few people from your community who came together to try to make the world a better place. We are fully booked with internships this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go ahead and put in an application if you have not done so already. All interns have to be fully rabies vaccinated. If you would like, you can also place a phone call to follow up on an application you have submitted to Dr. Rob Admanski at 781 682 4878 x114. Your interest is important to us and I hope you will also come visit. Best regards, Katrina
      Katrina Bergman
      Executive Director
      781 682 4878

  14. Sarah Hastings says:

    I volunteered at the Center for 2 summers. I really loved becoming involved in such a helpful organization. It is experiences like this that have made me more confident in the natural sciences. The Center is a great sanctuary for both injured wildlife and education. I also love how the building itself is a sustainable construction. This partly inspired me to pursue a major in Sustainable Development and Architecture.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Sarah- thank you so much for your comments! it is people like you that help keep us working hard to care for wildlife and humans. best, katrina

  15. Ethel Lipoff says:

    As a volunteer 20 some years ago, the Center has helped mold my career choices. It all started with an orphaned baby bird.

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