Think Wild is a Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center located just East of Bend.
Think Wild is Central Oregon’s voice for wildlife, providing a hospital to treat and
rehabilitate native birds and mammals, strengthen advocacy and conservation
through outreach and community involvement, and an education center to teach
and inspire the public to live respectfully with urban wildlife. Our mission is to
inspire the High Desert community to protect and care for native wildlife, through
education, conservation, and rescue and rehabilitation. Think Wild’s Wildlife
Hospital will focus on mammals, waterfowl, and raptors in 2019.
The Wildlife Hospital Volunteer assists staff with the rehabilitation of injured and
orphaned native wildlife. Volunteers typically work one 4.5 hour weekly shift with
another volunteer (2 volunteers per shift), and work under the supervision of the
Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation. This role is mainly husbandry based, including
but not limited to cage cleaning, diet preparation, handling and restraint of wildlife
for procedures, and assisting with procedures as the volunteer becomes more
experienced. Volunteers may also be asked to perform some administrative tasks
as needed (stocking supplies, inputting data, updating medical charts, etc.). Please
note there is an administrative fee to cover a background check and scrub top.
Under the direction of the Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation, help provide care for
injured and orphaned wildlife. Majority of tasks are husbandry and cleaning
related, but as volunteers progress, more opportunities to learn and work will
● Work well with staff/volunteers/ public, and be a good team player.
● Able to volunteer on a recurring schedule (same weekly shift) with few
absences for at least 1 year commitment. We ask that if you are unable to
make your shift or are taking a trip, give us notice in advance if possible
provided and make a reasonable attempt to find coverage with another
● Experience handling animals or working in a veterinary hospital is helpful
● Current tetanus vaccination (within the last 10 years) is required.
● Rabies prophylaxis series is recommended though not required (is required
if you want to work with rabies vector species such as bats, foxes, and
● Successful completion of a background check required.
To apply, please visit: https://www.thinkwildco.org/volunteer1.html