Volunteers are the backbone of the Center.

With only seven full-time staff, our work would never be possible without your time and dedication.

More than 100 people volunteer their time each year to:

  • wash dishes and laundry

  • feed baby birds and mammals in our medical clinic

  • provide veterinary expertise and equipment

  • maintain our facilities

  • update our website and technology

  • present education and outreach programs

  • lead docent tours

  • provide guidance to callers on our Wildlife Assistance Hotline

  • assist the public through the animal admission process

  • fundraise

  • help with strategic planning 

  • and much more!


We are immensely grateful for these compassionate individuals, who help us live our mission every day.


We would love to have you join us as a volunteer. Information on the areas of greatest need is below, along with clear expectations, requirements, and the application processes required to find the best fit between you and our organization. If you are interested in helping the Center in another way, please contact Tamara Monroe, Volunteer Coordinator at tamara@thecenterforwildlife.org or 207.361.1400 x103. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Please note, for safety of both humans and animals, our minimum age requirement is 18. 


Do you have a passion for local wildlife, and want to empower others to understand and appreciate the ecosystems we live in?  Our education volunteer positions offer an opportunity to work alongside Project WILD educators and live animal ambassadors to present ecology based programming to all ages. Volunteer educator positions include: Education Docent, Volunteer Educator, and Special Events Docent. 

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With up to 200 patients in care at one time, and 15-20 new admissions during our peak season daily, our medical clinic can use all the help we can get. Flex volunteering is perfect for those who want to help but can't commit to the 4 hour per week, 3-month minimum requirement of our Wildlife Care volunteer position. We're looking for folks that can pitch in for 2-4 hours at a time to help with dishes, laundry, and grounds-keeping.

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Our facilities have grown tremendously over the years. Facilities volunteers ensure safety for all of our patients, visitors, volunteers, and staff by helping to maintain our medical clinic and 45+ specialized outdoor enclosures. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with snow removal, general maintenance, enclosure repairs and updates, landscaping, and more.

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Being a volunteer in our medical clinic can be extremely rewarding and fun, but it is also a big commitment and physical in nature. Volunteers are asked to commit 4 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months in order to ensure that they are well trained in supportive care (including handling, food preparation, and habitat set up) for over 190 local species. If you are excited to work hard, learn, and work with our clinic team, we encourage you to apply.

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Physical Address

385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Call Us

(207) 361-1400