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Volunteers are at the heart of the Center

Volunteers make an irreplaceable contribution to The Wild Center. They connect the whole Wild Center community together.

Volunteers experience the excitement of involvement as the Center helps people see the world around them in new ways.

As a volunteer, we work to find opportunities that match your interests and skills. Take a look at the available opportunities on this page.

If you are 14 years of age or older and would like to investigate areas of interest for current or future volunteer activity, please email us.

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Animal Care Volunteers

Animal Care Volunteers assist in the care of our entire animal collection. Are you ready to get down and dirty? A lot of this role involves cleaning up after our animals and preparing diets. It is rewarding experience for an independent and reliable volunteer. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer in this department. Extensive training will be provided to you by our animal care staff. 

Exhibit Guiding Volunteers

Help enhance the visitor experience by interacting one-on-one, or in small groups, with visitors as they explore the museum and exhibits, including Wild Walk. Take a moment to point out additional areas that they may be interested in, talk about your experiences in the Adirondacks, encourage them to try our interactives, and more. A friendly personality and willingness to learn makes you the perfect fit for this role. 

Facilities Volunteers

Facilities volunteers are always needed here at The Wild Center. Projects include painting, parking, gardening, trail maintenance and more. Volunteers can come in for onetime events or weekly to assist with larger projects. Previous facilities experience is helpful but not required. 

Office Volunteers

Volunteers working in the office help us in a variety of ways. Answer the phones to provide visitors with information about programing, hours, and more. Assist with mailings, data entry, and other important office tasks. This is the perfect role for volunteers with previous office experience or those less comfortable with talking to large groups.

Naturalist Volunteers

Is there a natural history topic that inspires you? Share it with our visitors by offering a program on a topic of your choice. Programs may be informal (cart style, visitors stop by) or formal (start and end time). We have some written programs you can pick from or you can work with our staff to design your own. Must attend a training on interpretation led by Wild Center staff, previous experience in education helpful but not necessary. Program timing is flexible.

Visitor Services Volunteer

Are you an outgoing person who wants to help visitor plan their day at The Wild Center? If so, consider volunteering at our information desk, the Plan Your Visit Table.  Help visitors navigate their day by answering questions about programs, movies, trails, and more. Share your favorite spots of hiking, eating, and entrainment to make their whole experience the best it can be. Volunteers will receive trainings and resources to assist with this position. 

Wild Supply Co. Volunteers

The Wild Supply Co is the museum store of The Wild Center. Volunteers in this role play an essential role by assisting with inventory, helping visitors locate merchandise and more.   Shifts can be flexible.