Work with the Wild Center

Volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of The Wild Center

Volunteers are a valued part of our community at The Wild Center. Make an impact as a volunteer by discovering your unique way to help people connect with nature.
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Volunteer at the Wild Center

Volunteers support The Wild Center's departments and programs in countless ways. Check out our opportunities below in Public Facing Volunteering and Behind the Scenes Volunteering to find a role that matches your interests and skills.

How to Apply

1

Pick a volunteer 
opportunity

2

Complete the 
1-minute form

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Public Facing Volunteering

As a public-facing volunteer, you'll make an impact by interacting with visitors on the museum floor and outdoors.

Outdoor Programs

Community
Outdoors
Outdoor Program volunteers spend their shifts outside on our campus and trails. Tasks vary and could include leading an insect catching activity, facilitating activities in the pines play area, or leading a naturalist walk on our trails.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Outdoor Programs

Community
Outdoors
Outdoor Program volunteers spend their shifts outside on our campus and trails. Tasks vary and could include leading an insect catching activity, facilitating activities in the pines play area, or leading a naturalist walk on our trails.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Planet Adirondack

Technology
Science
Planet Adirondack (PADK) volunteers help engage visitors in stories, show data sets and connect content to the Adirondacks. Volunteers will act as informal exhibit guides as well as have the opportunity to create their own linked science stories or use the pre-established ones.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Planet Adirondack

Technology
Science
Planet Adirondack (PADK) volunteers help engage visitors in stories, show data sets and connect content to the Adirondacks. Volunteers will act as informal exhibit guides as well as have the opportunity to create their own linked science stories or use the pre-established ones.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Store Assistant

Retail
Volunteers will help in the store with general stocking, talking to visitors, pricing merchandise, receiving, light cleaning, answering visitor questions, and bagging.
Ongoing
Retail: Café & Store Department
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Store Assistant

Retail
Volunteers will help in the store with general stocking, talking to visitors, pricing merchandise, receiving, light cleaning, answering visitor questions, and bagging.
Ongoing
Retail: Café Store & Department
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Tinkering Studio

Training Required
Science
Tinkering Studio Volunteers help engage visitors in building, testing and playing while exploring concepts of climate solutions. Activities include wind turbines, animal homes, and upcycled crafts. Duties include cleaning, restocking supplies, and providing demonstrations/instructions for visitors.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Tinkering Studio

Training Required
Science
Tinkering Studio Volunteers help engage visitors in building, testing and playing while exploring concepts of climate solutions. Activities include wind turbines, animal homes, and upcycled crafts. Duties include cleaning, restocking supplies, and providing demonstrations/instructions for visitors.
Ongoing
Education Department
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Trunk Programs

In & Outdoors
Science
Volunteers interact with the public aided by a specific thematic trunk outside at the Wild Walk or inside at the exhibits. Themes include: From the Forest, Otter Facts, birding, and more...
Ongoing
Education Department
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Trunk Programs

In & Outdoors
Science
Volunteers interact with the public aided by a specific thematic trunk outside at the Wild Walk or inside at the exhibits. Themes include: From the Forest, Otter Facts, birding, and more...
Ongoing
Education Department
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Visitor Services

Community
Volunteers will table the Information Desk at the heart of the center to welcome visitors, answer questions, provide program information, and guidance on planning their visit.
Ongoing
Development Department
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Visitor Services

Community
Volunteers will table the Information Desk at the heart of the center to welcome visitors, answer questions, provide program information, and guidance on planning their visit.
Ongoing
Development Department
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Behind the Scenes Volunteering

As a behind-the-scenes volunteer, you'll make an impact by helping with organization and logistics across departments.

Animal Care

Training Required
18+
Volunteers assist with diet preparation including handling raw meat, cleaning and disinfecting animal habitats, behavioral observations under direction of animal care staff, and other duties related to animal care.
Ongoing
Animal Care Department
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Animal Care

Technology
Science
Volunteers assist with diet preparation including handling raw meat, cleaning and disinfecting animal habitats, behavioral observations under direction of animal care staff, and other duties related to animal care.
Ongoing
Animal Care Department
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Cleaning

Sustainability
In & Outdoors
Volunteers will help with cleaning throughout the Center. This could include dusting, sweeping, sanitizing exhibits and surfaces, picking up trash on trails, and sorting returnable bottles.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Cleaning

Sustainability
In & Outdoors
Volunteers will help with cleaning throughout the Center. This could include dusting, sweeping, sanitizing exhibits and surfaces, picking up trash on trails, and sorting returnable bottles.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Data Entry

Technology
Climate
Volunteers will enter data into spreadsheets and web pages concerning climate data.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Data Entry

Technology
Climate
Volunteers will enter data into spreadsheets and web pages concerning climate data.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Gardening

Outdoors
Volunteers will assist the facilities department with watering gardens, sweeping outdoor sidewalks, and removing invasive species.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Gardening

Outdoors
Volunteers will assist the facilities department with watering gardens, sweeping outdoor sidewalks, and removing invasive species.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Maintenance

Woodshop
In & Outdoors
Volunteers will build program equipment, maintain furniture, and construct on-site projects.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Maintenance

Woodshop
In & Outdoors
Volunteers will build program equipment, maintain furniture, and construct on-site projects.
Ongoing
Facilities Department
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Maple Sugaring

Seasonal
Community
The Wild Center’s Community Maple Project runs during March and April of each year. Volunteers help out around the Sugar Shack on boil days with stoking the fire, chopping firewood, and unloading sap. Other tasks include bottling syrup and cleaning buckets at the end of the season.
1 Month
Education Department
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Maple Sugaring

Seasonal
Community
The Wild Center’s Community Maple Project runs during March and April of each year. Volunteers help out around the Sugar Shack on boil days with stoking the fire, chopping firewood, and unloading sap. Other tasks include bottling syrup and cleaning buckets at the end of the season.
1 Month
Education Department
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Office Assistant

Community
Volunteers working in the office help us in a variety of ways. Answer the phones to provide visitors with information about programming, hours, and more. Assist with mailings, data entry, and other important office tasks.
Ongoing
Development & Membership Department
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Office Assistant

Community
Volunteers working in the office help us in a variety of ways. Answer the phones to provide visitors with information about programming, hours, and more. Assist with mailings, data entry, and other important office tasks.
Ongoing
Development & Membership Department
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Wild Lights

Seasonal
Outdoors
Volunteers can help with set-up in the fall or take-down in the spring. Fall duties include stringing lights in Forest Music, on the Stickwork sculpture, and on Wild Walk. Spring duties include taking lights off of trees and rolling them up neatly for storage.
Thanksgiving to end of President's Week
Education Department
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Planet Adirondack

Seasonal
Outdoors
Volunteers can help with set-up in the fall or take-down in the spring. Fall duties include stringing lights in Forest Music, on the Stickwork sculpture, and on Wild Walk. Spring duties include taking lights off of trees and rolling them up neatly for storage.
Thanksgiving to end of President's Week
Education Department
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Questions?

Email us at volunteers@wildcenter.org.