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How to Volunteer with the Wildlife Science Center


If you're interested in pursuing a job in environmental conservation or animal care, volunteering at the Wildlife Science Center could be valuable experience toward a future career.
If you're interested in pursuing a job in environmental conservation or animal care, volunteering at the Wildlife Science Center could be valuable experience toward a future career.
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If the great wolf is an inspiring vision of the wild to you, you might want to consider volunteering with the Wildlife Science Center. Located just north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, this non-profit organization began as the "Wolf Project" [source: Wildlife Science Center]. The federally funded group spent 15 years researching wolves until the funding ran out in 1991. However, the staff wasn't ready to give up working with these impressive canines. Instead, they gathered more people and expanded their operation to include bears, raptors, bobcats, foxes, and both red and gray wolves.

Three years later the Wildlife Science Center began hosting educational programs for the public, something that continues today with the help of an extensive volunteer network. Currently, more than 25,000 people visit the Wildlife Science Center each year [source: Wildlife Science Center]. Their events range from dog sledding and wine tastings to motorcycle fundraisers and canine carnivals. They also have recurring programs, which include weekend tours, overnight lock-ins, dog behavioral training programs and opportunities for scouts. If you have an interest in wildlife or the environment, volunteering with the Wildlife Science Center might be right for you.

Volunteering opportunities include educating the public, caring for the animals, and assisting at special events and Saturday tours. For those who would like to help but prefer something a little more low-key, the Wildlife Science Center also needs volunteers to do clerical duties and work at its gift shop.

If you're at least 18 years old and are ready to make the commitment to wildlife education and research, the Wildlife Science Center has volunteer opportunities that might be a good match for you. Read on to learn how to become a Wildlife Science Center volunteer.