How to Volunteer with the Wildlife Science Center

Becoming a Wildlife Science Center Volunteer

The Wildlife Science Center boasts an application process that's super easy -- but first, you should be aware of the requirements to make sure it's a good fit for you.

In order to become a volunteer, you should be at least 18 years old and be ready to commit to one year of volunteering. You only need to volunteer two to four times a month, and you don't need anything beyond that -- except for maybe a love of animals and the environment. If you want a shorter commitment but can give more time, there are certain volunteer positions available that require you to work one day a week for six months, or just for the summer. Those are only available by special request, however, and must be discussed during your interview or orientation [source: Wildlife Science Center].

If this sounds good to you, you should start the application process. First, you fill out three essay questions posted on the Wildlife Science Center Web site. This may sound time consuming, but your answers to each question need only be 50 words. Next, you need to fill out an application form. This is available for download on their Web site, and can be mailed to the center. Last, volunteers need at least one recommendation from someone they know. Whether it's a personal or professional reference, it's necessary -- the Wildlife Science Center doesn't consider applicants who don't have a reference. The recommendation form can also be downloaded from the Web site [source: Wildlife Science Center].

Though volunteering is great, it's always nice to get something back, too. Read on to find out the benefits of being a Wildlife Science Center Volunteer.