We can't do what we do without Volunteers!

 The first steps towards volunteering with the Hospital begins with completing an application which can be found in the top right corner of this page.

Next, you will need to attend one of our two orientation sessions:

Thursday, November 2nd from 3 pm - 4:30 pm

or

Saturday, November 4th from 11 am - 12:30 pm

You must apply online to receive reservations prior to attending orientation.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and minors are required to have a signed parent-permission form on file prior to starting to volunteer. An up-to-date tetanus shot is advised but not required. 

Volunteers are requested to commit to at least 3 hours of volunteer service each time they come in. Typical shifts are 9:00am - 12:30pm and 12:30pm - 4:30pm.  Students are required to do a minimum of 20 hours.  We are not able to accept any Pre-trial Diversion or Court Ordered Community Service at this time.

NOTE: Returning volunteers who have not volunteered in the past 4 months, please fill out an application and you will need to attend the next orientation to return to active status. You will not be required to pay the initial $20 fee again.

Our facility runs on volunteers and Florida Wildlife Hospital volunteers are a special breed. They give up their time and are rewarded with rich experiences. We hope to provide experiences that make the giving of your time worthwhile and enriching. Your opportunities to learn about our native wildlife while volunteering are endless.

There are many jobs that are undertaken by our volunteers to aid in the smooth operation of the hospital and care of the animals. Volunteers help with the daily washing of crates, dishes and laundry, as well as general facility cleaning such as vacuuming and mopping. They also help with mail-outs, prepare food, feed animals, walk turtles, and keep cages and baskets clean. 

Volunteers play a big part in our fundraising efforts and events: from T-shirt and Raffle ticket sales to working with our Animal Ambassadors and educating the public. 


We welcome volunteers age 16 and up. Parking is limited at our facility, so we suggest you arrive about 15 minutes early to be sure you are ready to start on time. There is a $20.00 registration charge which will be collected at orientation. This fee will include your orientation, a FWH T-shirt, and eventually, your permanent name tag once you qualify.


Please wear closed-toed shoes & comfortable clothing to the volunteer orientation session. Orientation lasts for about an hour and a half. 
Orientations are held on site at Florida Wildlife Hospital. 

Interested in Becoming a FWH Intern?

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The Florida Wildlife Hospital offers unique unpaid internship opportunities for students with an interest in native Florida wildlife. Year-round internships are available at our facility in Palm Shores, Florida. 

During the summer months, most admissions are infant birds and mammals that require almost constant care. Interns will learn to identify native species, set up age- and species-appropriate environments, choose, prepare, and feed nutritious diets, and assist with medical treatments. There may also be opportunities to work in our lab (blood analysis and parasite checks), assist with admission and treatment of patients, and visit nearby wildlife, zoo, and veterinary facilities.

Do you Qualify?

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a college program pursuing studies in biology, ornithology, wildlife sciences, environmental studies, pre-veterinary medicine, or a related field.
  • An in-person mandatory interview (no exceptions) will be conducted on site in Palm Shores, FL; all costs associated with the in-person interview are the interviewee's responsibility
  • Reliable transportation, a valid driver license and proof of insurance required
  • A drug test will be required at the discretion of the director, manager, or president; this may occur at any time and for no reason or cause
  • Applicants should have no animal-related allergies
  • Previous experience working with wildlife or other animals is helpful but not required
  • A current tetanus shot is required
  • Pre-exposure rabies shots not required; however interns without shots will not work with rabies vector species

Internship Schedule:

  • Interns may be required to check in patients in the evenings on their scheduled days
  • May-August, September-December, January-April.  Exact dates will be dependent upon school end/start dates (approx 12 weeks)


Compensation:

  • Internships are unpaid
  • Medical insurance is not provided by Florida Wildlife Hospital; it is strongly suggested that interns have their own insurance
  • Interns will sign a waiver exempting Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, Inc. from liability for injury and illness occurring during the internship

How to apply:

To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • Send a cover letter and resume to events@floridawildlifehospital.org.
  • Send two letters of reference including addresses and contact numbers from two individuals not related to you who have known you for over a year

Students will be contacted after their application has been reviewed by Florida Wildlife Hospital.  Exact dates will be determined by school schedules.

Florida Wildlife 

Hospital & Sanctuary 

4560 North US Highway 1

Palm Shores, FL 32935

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