Our Address is: 8626 SW Citrus Boulevard - Palm City, Florida 34990
772-286-6200 voice   772-286-6220 fax     click here for a map

 
TCWH is a 501(c)(3) charity. One hundred percent of your contribution goes to TCWH. Zero percent is retained by professional solicitors. Our Florida Department of Consumer Services registration number is SC06659. Our Federal ID number is 59-2410883. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are our most valuable resource, and the combined knowledge and experience of our staff is enormous. We will be pleased to share that knowledge, to teach you about wildlife and its care, and about south Florida's fascinating ecosystems. In return, we expect to integrate your skills, your work, and your dedication into the furtherance of the objectives of the Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital. If your personal goals include animals and the environment, and if you can offer your skills in a reliable and professional manner, we want your help! Together, we can make south Florida a better place for both people and animals to live. Help us to help them remain wild and free!

Animal care | Rescue | Fund Raising | Office Tasks | Construction | Yard Work

Overview
Although both paid and unpaid members of our staff consider themselves to be "animal lovers", professionalism requires that sentiment and personal preference be secondary to the betterment of south Florida's rich natural environment. The animals in our care are not pets, nor is it our intention to make them so, and they usually fail to appreciate the efforts made on their behalf. Sometimes our best efforts are less than successful, and animals must be humanely euthanized. The only rewards lie in seeing an animal returned to the natural system where it belongs. Some of the tasks our volunteers perform include:

ANIMAL CARE

Cleaning and feeding the wild animals in our care requires perhaps the largest part of our time. Cages must be cleaned and animals must be fed and medicated sometimes on an around-the-clock basis. This work is often tedious, dirty and tiring. Still, it must be done 365 days a year, regardless of any possible interference. Volunteers who perform these duties are asked to choose a day (or days) of the week, and to be at the Hospital each week on that day. Hours are from 9 AM until about 12 noon.

ANIMAL RESCUE

Though most new patients are brought to our hospital by the public, occasionally the need arrises to pick up an injured animal. From the simplest sparrow in a shoebox to a magnificent bald eagle on an island in the Indian River, both the animal and the people involved must be treated with the greatest respect and dignity. An ability to handle both the animal and the persons involved is critical. Volunteer rescuers must be available "on call" during days and hours chosen by the volunteer.

FUND RAISING

All activities of TCWH are funded by private contribution, and raising these funds is a necessary function. Solicitations are made of both individuals and groups to acquire these funds. Toward this end, TCWH appears at many fairs and festivals throughout south Florida to promote its work. Volunteers are needed to set up and operate our display booths where we can meet the general public.

OFFICE TASKS

Telephone work, filing and record keeping, preparation and mailing of correspondence and advertising, all are as necessary to this organization as to any other. There is little glamour to office work, but without it the organization would cease to function.

CONSTRUCTION

Cages require constant maintenance. Skills from simple labor for yard work to finish carpentry are provided by volunteers.

YARD MAINTENANCE

Grounds require constant maintenance. We need weed whackers and lawn mowers for a few hours on selected Saturdays. We then provide beer, soda, and sandwiches for lunch. Join the GARDENing PARTY.


General Summary


It is not expected that any one person will be competent (or even interested) in all aspects of the total operation. Some of our volunteers perform only very specific tasks; others are active in many ways. Please bear in mind, though, that as a professional organization dedicated to the betterment of our natural environment, some things are forbidden. Volunteer staff may not:

  • treat the wild animals in our care as pets, nor allow or encourage others to do so.
  • take personal possession of a wild animal for any reason, whether to interfere with its treatment or its humane destruction, or to make personal use of the animal.
  • represent Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital in any way or for any purpose without the express permission of the Director

 

 

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Download a Volunteer Overview Booklet as a PDF file and learn how you can become a member of our team

Call us to discuss volunteer possibilities, or email info@tcwild.org

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