Become a Volunteer

Join the Wildlife Waystation Volunteer Program.

Volunteer Orientation

Are you interested in being part of Wildlife Waystation's Volunteer Program?

Wildlife Waystation was incorporated in 1976. Since then more than 76,000 injured, abused, abandoned and orphaned animals have made their way through our gates. Many of the native California wildlife have been successfully released back into the wild. Those who could not, as well as the exotic animals such as lions, tigers, and primates have become permanent residents at our sanctuary.

Currently, with over 400 wonderful resident animals, we need dependable and caring volunteers who can commit themselves to the Wildlife Waystation Volunteer Program.

Volunteer Information

Please note volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and make a commitment of eight (8) hours per month.

Our volunteers have a vital role at the Wildlife Waystation. There are many opportunities to become involved, including:

  • Education and outreach teams: Educating the public through school programs and outreach at events
  • Helping with fundraising activities and special events
  • Assisting with ranch maintenance, enclosure cleaning and deep cleaning, providing a clean, healthy home for the animals
  • Joining the animal enrichment teams
  • Becoming a docent, to guide private tours and tell the stories of the residents and what it takes to care for them each day
  • Green team: landscaping, planting, brush clearing
  • Picking up donated produce and delivering it to the Waystation
  • Running various recycling programs
  • Office assistance, answering phones, filing, letters, etc
  • Special work parties, enclosure updates and creation

..and much more!  


Volunteer Orientation is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9AM-4PM, weather permitting. At the Orientation, you will be given an overview of the expectations and opportunities that are available. Please bring a bag lunch and any snacks and water you will need for the whole day.

The Orientation is a full day, from 9 am - 4 pm. The Orientation introduction will be from 9 am to 12 pm, during which you will be taken on a tour through the compound, so that you can meet our many residents and hear their stories! During the lunch break, you will have an opportunity to meet some existing volunteers and ask questions, and hear about some of their experiences. Following lunch, you will begin your first training, so be prepared to work and learn (and get dirty!)!

After the initial orientation, there are five (5) mandatory training sessions that you will need to attend and complete before you can come up to volunteer. The first training is in the afternoon following your Orientation. The subsequent trainings are held on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. Once these five trainings are completed, you will become a volunteer and you may come up as your schedule allows. Details will be given at Orientation.

Volunteers are required to obtain a clear TB test within 30 days of attending orientation.

Volunteers are required to put in a minimum of eight hours each month to remain as an active volunteer.

The ranch is open to volunteers daily from 9am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3:45 pm after the initial training sessions have been completed. The ranch is closed from 12-1 for lunch.

Sign Up for an Orientation

If you are interested in attending an Orientation, please follow these steps

  • Please click on the yellow box above labeled 'Volunteer Events'
  • Choose the orientation date from the list of available dates.
  • Complete the volunteer application online and enter your payment information for the one-time $25 fee.  You will receive an email confirmation.  Bring that with you to the orientation.
  • We have limited space at each orientation which is indicated by each orientation date.  If the number of spots is zero, please choose another date. 
  • Make sure to bring your lunch, snacks and plenty of water, wear weather appropriate clothing and hiking boots or shoes with good tread.  The Orientation is held outdoors. If Orientation is cancelled due to rain, you will be contacted. 
  • Orientation starts promptly at 9am and ends at 4pm.  Please arrive on time.
  • If you need to cancel, please contact the office before 3pm on the Friday before orientation.

Wildlife Waystation Location

14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Exit Osborne off the 210 freeway and head up Little Tujunga Canyon Rd about 5 miles.


Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions, please free to contact me directly, or call the office at (818) 686-6681


Geri Sue Cox
Volunteer Orientation Program Coordinator