Volunteer

Make a Difference!

Be a part of something special by joining Wildlife Waystation's vibrant team of volunteers. Our volunteers have a vital role at Wildlife Waystation, and there are many ways to become involved including outreach teams, produce pick-up, landscaping, maintenance, or becoming a Docent volunteer. Sign up for our Volunteer Orientation to get started!

Sign Up for an Orientation

Please note volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Become a General Volunteer

  • Attend Wildlife Waystation’s Orientation Class: offered 9am-11:45am the 2nd Saturday of every month
  • Complete three training sessions within 60 days of orientation: classes are offered following the orientation and the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of the month
  • Turn in proof of negative TB test within 30 days of orientation
General volunteers are required to log at least 12 hours every three months.

Become a Docent Volunteer

If you’re outgoing and love learning facts about animals, then Wildlife Waystation wants you to become a docent for our guided animal tours!

Docents are our most valuable ambassadors to the public when people come to visit. They have the special opportunity to inspire guests and share the mission of our work while telling the stories of our animal residents. Most tours are offered on Saturdays for groups of approximately 10 persons. However, there are often opportunities for tours during weekdays and evenings. Wildlife Waystation also hosts tours for special events monthly.

You must complete the Docent Training Program. The Docent Training Program includes:
  • Wildlife Waystation’s Orientation Class: offered 9am-11:45am the 2nd Saturday of every month
  • Specialized Docent Training Class to review tour materials
  • Shadow tours with current docents while acting as safety back-up
  • Final walk-through review of our facility with a current docent to make sure you’re ready to lead!
  • Required to guide at least one 90 minute tour group per month

FAQ:

All training and orientations are subject to weather. Call ahead if there is a question of weather. (818) 686-6681

If you intend to become a regular volunteer, there will be a training course held immediately after orientation from 1-3:45 PM. Be prepared to work and learn (and get dirty!)!

Rememebr to bring water and lunch for the day. **Water is not available on site**

Once all volunteer training is completed, you may come up as your schedule allows, daily 9-3:45. The ranch is closed from 12-1 for lunch.

Sign Up for an Orientation

Some available Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Becoming a docent, to guide private tours and tell the stories of the residents and what it takes to care for them each day
  • 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
  • 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!

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

gerisue@wildlifewaystation.org 

Sincerely,
Geri Sue Cox
Volunteer Orientation Program Coordinator