Wildlife Care Association (WCA) is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization working to rescue and rehabilitate local wildlife in the greater Sacramento, CA area. WCA is permitted by the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehab and release wildlife.
The Volunteer Coordinator Internship provides real world experience working with volunteers and the public. Interns primarily work alongside our Volunteer Coordinator at WCA’s facility to provide basic office assistance, including answering emails, placing phone calls, and managing paperwork and volunteer databases. Interns are expected to work at least 8 hours per week and complete one project over the course of the internship. This position is unpaid and local housing is not provided by WCA. While this position does not work hands-on with animals, Volunteer Coordinator Interns are able to volunteer in other positions with WCA, including our Nursery Volunteer position, outside of the time they spend on the Internship. Start and end dates are flexible depending on intern availability.
- Respond to emails from WCA volunteers, applicants, and the public concerning
- Changes to volunteer shifts and schedules
- Registration for classes, training sessions, and orientations
- Inquiries about volunteering with WCA and basic volunteer requirements
- Send emails to WCA volunteers and the public concerning
- Available volunteer shifts, classes, training sessions, and orientations
- Place calls to
- Ask volunteers to come in for shifts that need more help
- Check in with volunteers and invite them to sign up for shifts or attend a training session
- Invite applicants to attend a class or orientation
- Respond to phone calls from
- Volunteers calling out of shifts or signing up for shifts and training sessions
- Applicants signing up to attend a class or orientation
- Help the Volunteer Coordinator manage
- Individual volunteer’s schedules, availability, and paperwork
- Weekly volunteer shift schedules and ensure all shifts have sufficient volunteer numbers
- Put together informational signage, training packets, and volunteer name tags
- Complete one project, which can be something to improve work flow, communication, or procedure. Potential project ideas include, but aren’t limited to:
- Utilizing a whiteboard for something, like a calendar or rules
- Making signage for the facility task instructions
- Composing and publishing Facebook or Instagram posts
- Have strong interest in and enthusiasm for working with a diverse group of people and learning about volunteer management, wildlife rehabilitation, or nonprofit organizations
- Be 18 or older
- Be able to work in a fast-paced environment that can be filled with interruptions
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Be comfortable communicating over the phone
- Be able to follow verbal or written directions from WCA staff
- Ability and willingness to work within the guidelines and rules set by WCA
- Ability to work in groups or independently with little supervision
- Demonstrated experience using basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive programs
- Currently enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate degree, preferably related to Biology, Animal Science, or other STEM field.
- Prior volunteer experience with WCA
- Prior experience leading or managing a group of people
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with at least two references in a single document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list desired start and end dates in the cover letter.
Questions about WCA’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship can be submitted to
email@example.com. Learn more about WCA by visiting our website or our Facebook page.