Volunteer

Join our team of dedicated and passionate volunteers at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center!  Volunteers are helpful in many ways in a variety of capacities. In the process they may learn new skills, grow team dynamics, work towards personal goals, and contribute in a fun and meaningful way.

Volunteering at the AWCC was an amazing way to spend the Summer. I learned so much from the awesome people who work there about the resident animals and their wild counterparts. It was really fun to meet people from all over the world who are interested in animals too. I loved getting to share everything I learned with our visitors. I can’t wait to come back next summer! Monica, Docent Volunteer

Monica

Docent Volunteer

To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application and send it to volunteer@alaskawildlife.org

Docent

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are interested in learning about our organization, mission, and wildlife and desire to share their knowledge with others.

Docents support AWCC’s mission by helping visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of the amazing wildlife we care for, their wild counterparts, and our awe-inspiring surrounding environment. To meet this goal docents, engage guests by offering educational opportunities and answering questions as guest view wildlife. Docents also have the opportunity to learn and present our daily talks which are offered as free programs to guests.

For Docents AWCC is divided into four service areas each containing a variety of wildlife life. Docents select a service area based on their interests. During a day of service docents make rounds in their service area. With the use of educational tools and biofacts docents engage guests while enjoying time in the sanctuary. Docents receive a naturalist-led training about wildlife living at AWCC focusing on their areas of interest. Service days vary in length to suit our docent team’s schedule and vary in frequency usually 1-2 days per week.

Our volunteer needs vary through the year due to fluctuating visitor numbers and seasonal changes on site. Our highest volunteer need corresponds to our highest visitation during the summer months. However, we have docents on our team year-round. We accept applications for docent volunteers year-round.

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A docent’s daily program with Kobuk the black bear.

Benefits:

  • Gain valuable hands-on experience
  • Contribute to furthering AWCC’s mission
  • Receive discount of 10% on gift store purchases while volunteering
  • Free admission to AWCC for recurring volunteers

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • No experience necessary
  • Be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Comply with AWCC policies and procedures
  • Provide record of current tetanus vaccination

Super Shovelers

We have no fear of the cold and big snow days, we just have to make sure all the paths to our animal habitat gates are clear.

Join our on-call list of volunteers ready to help us with the mighty task of clearing snow at AWCC this winter. When we are expecting heavy snow days we will reach out to our on-call team with a meeting time and number of volunteers needed. If you are available and ready to help sign up for an available spot. If you aren’t available that is fine, we will still email you the next time we need extra hands.

Project start times will be between 8:00am and 10:00am when we have snow to shovel. AWCC has shovels to provide volunteers, but if you have your own to bring that is also helpful. Task lists will include helping to clear walkways and gates needed for our team to access animal habitats and walk in between them. Depending on the snow and wind a day of shoveling could last 2-5 hours.

Hugo the bear in the snow

Hugo the Brown Bear enjoying a snowy winter day.

Benefits:

If you join us for a day, we ask that you help through the entire task list usually 2-5 hours, afterwards enjoy admission to AWCC for the rest of the day.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age for participation is 10 years old.
  • Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Provide record of current tetanus vaccination
  • No experience is required to join our team for this fun and rewarding experience

Extended Stay Volunteers

These dedicated volunteers are interested in learning about our organization, mission and wildlife, adding value to our programs, gaining skills for a career, don’t mind a little dirty work, and desire to share their knowledge.

This opportunity is unique amongst our volunteer programs as it gives participants the short term and rigorous opportunity to join our team, learn about AWCC operations, and gain valuable career skills. Volunteers in this capacity will have duties in both our education and animal care departments including such tasks as presenting daily talks and tours, assisting with school programs, preparing diets, and cleaning habitats. Tasks in this program are given on a scale of responsibility starting with a training and orientation that includes learning about the animals in our care and their wild counter parts along with shadowing staff. Tasks and opportunities from there vary, after completing tasks proficiently new tasks and challenges may be added.

Volunteers in this capacity believe in our mission and desire to help us further it. This opportunity is Ideal for students looking to explore possible career paths, who are pursuing options to earn credit for an internship, or who have volunteer fellowships through university or scholarship programs. These volunteers may apply to be under direct supervision of either our education or animal care staff. Those interested in pursuing careers strictly in areas such as animal care or veterinary work may be placed under the animal care department. Those interested in career that include education or interacting with the public such as naturalist, rangers, outreach coordinators, and environmental educators may be placed under the education department. Please include your preference in your inquiry.

Our volunteer needs vary through the year due to fluctuating visitor numbers and seasonal changes. Currently we are accepting applicants for our extended stay volunteer program year-round. There are no specific start and end dates for this program. However, availability is limited based on the terms of consecutive volunteer programs.

Grece Volunteer Page

A long-term volunteer at AWCC gets to meet a red fox living in our care.

Benefits:

  • Skill building and career training
  • Hands on opportunities
  • Contribute to furthering AWCC’s mission
  • Live on site during full time service
  • Team member discount in gift store

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to a minimum 2 month full-time volunteer schedule
  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years old
  • Record of current tetanus vaccination
  • Valid drivers license
  • Ideal participants are in a phase of career exploration

Scouts

The AWCC is happy to work with scouts completing service projects for badges and awards.

Scouts and participants in other youth serving organizations working to earn badges and awards including Gold award, WoHeLo, Eagle Scouts, and more can reach out to AWCC regarding service project opportunities. In the past scouts have furthered AWCC’s mission by completing projects such as building hutches and shelters for animals in our care. We have capacity for similar building projects as well as opportunities to facilitate activities, events, and temporary exhibits.

Youth engage in service projects for a number of reasons; to connect more deeply to their community, contribute to causes they believe in, to grow personally and professionally, and so many others.
Lily

Director of Education

Scouts and Hutch

If you are exploring opportunities for service projects and want to be involved in a program to benefit wildlife, conservation, and education send an inquiry to volunteers@alaskawildlife.org.

One-Time Groups/Corporate

Are you looking for a project for your company volunteer day?

AWCC provides meaningful opportunities to engage your team in volunteerism at our sanctuary. Group volunteer projects are a great way to boost team moral while giving team mates the opportunity to bond and develop trust. Some projects occur annually while others vary from year to year based on AWCC needs. Projects also range in need level, some projects require no special gear or materials, team members can simply show up to participate. Other projects may be seeking materials donation or sponsors to help complete them.

If you are ready to take your group out of the office and outdoors for a volunteer project, whether your group is new to volunteering or regularly serve your community, AWCC has a variety of exciting projects to help you build a stronger team invested in community service.

Benefits:

  • Have an engaging team building opportunity for your company or organization
  • Perfect for team building with new staff or completing annual community service goals
  • Have a fun and rewarding group experience with stories to bring back to the office
  • Create a deeper connection to our environment and community
  • Enjoy visiting AWCC after your volunteer project is complete

Requirements:

  • Group is represented by a program lead to coordinate details with AWCC staff and disperse details to participants
  • Participants at least 18 years of age
  • Program availability based on AWCC’s project needs
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A Group of one time volunteers help construct a North American porcupine habitat.

To inquire please email volunteer@alaskawildlife.org with details about your group and project ideas or requirements.

Animal Care Volunteers

An exciting opportunity we can now offer at the AWCC, our animal care department is accepting volunteer applicants specifically looking for experience in animal welfare and care. Volunteers in this position will have the opportunity to work with a professional staff, gaining insight into a competitive field for a lifelong career. Volunteers in this capacity will need to be able to offer a more consistent schedule since duties often require extensive observation, training, and implementation.

Daily duties will vary depending on season, but typically a volunteer in animal care can expect to be tasked with commissary duties (diet preparation, etc.), as well as browse collecting, shoveling, and other various husbandry tasks. As consistency and proficiency develop, additional tasks and opportunities may arise.

Benefits:

  • Skill building and career training
  • Hands on experience
  • Contribute to furthering AWCC’s mission
  • Team member discount in gift store
  • Possibility of on-site housing for full-time, long-term volunteers

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent schedule with a minimum time frame of 2 months
  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years old
  • Record of current Tetanus and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply for an Animal Care Volunteer position, fill out this [Volunteer Application] and email it long with your resume to volunteer@alaskawildlife.org. Please title the subject line “Volunteer Application_Animal Care.”

Ollie the Volunteer feeding moose
The best part was getting to learn the personalities of the animals and interacting with them on a daily basis!
O. Landauer

2020 AC Volunteer

Volunteer feeding muskox

I ended up staying 1 month longer because I couldn’t bear to leave!

B. Rosenberg

2021 AC Volunteer

Highway Clean Up Volunteers

Volunteers help keep our sanctuary and surrounding areas clean by picking up along the highway near our entrance.

Help us fundraise for a
NEW Animal Clinic & Housing building
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"These additions and expansions will make it possible for us to provide the best care for resident animals and allow us to expand opportunities to rescue, care for, and potentially release injured and orphaned animals back into the wild."  Dr. Oakley, AWCC Head Veterinarian