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2017 Volunteer Information and
Application Procedure

GOLD COUNTRY WILDLIFE RESCUE (GCWR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, while promoting human awareness of wildlife and the ecosystems we share.

We rely heavily on passionate and dedicated volunteers to succeed in our mission. We have many opportunities to match your unique talents! By serving with us, you are playing a vital role in the protection of wildlife in our region.


STEP 1: Please carefully read this information packet. It provides details on the types of volunteer positions available, volunteer perks, and expectations for our volunteers.

STEP 2: If you are interested in joining our team, please complete the online application form, pay the appropriate fees and agree to four GCWR legal documents. Applicants must also provide a one-page letter of interest as part of the online application; details on how to write this letter are provided later in this document. If you don’t have online access to submit your application, please contact us at volunteers@goldcountrywildliferescue.org.   I’m ready to start my application (click here)!

Please visit our website periodically for the most up-to-date information.

Link to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue Legal agreements

Click Here to Download 2018 Waivers

STEP 3: We will contact you soon after we receive your application with an update. Please note that if we receive more applicants than we have available positions, some applicants may not be able to volunteer with us this year.

STEP 4: Successful applicants will be required to attend a 3-hour training in order to learn more about GCWR, our volunteer roles, and how to work safely with wildlife. Details about this training will be provided via email.

STEP 5: Ready to become a wildlife hero? Pick up your t-shirt and name tag and let us know how YOU would like to make a difference in the lives of injured and orphaned wildlife!

Volunteer Roles

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at GCWR, Placer County’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitator! The hub of GCWR is our Wildlife Intake Center (WIC), where the public and our partner agencies drop off injured and orphaned wildlife – more than 3,500 animals in 2016! Although there are many ways to volunteer at GCWR, most volunteer roles are connected in some way to the operations at the WIC.

Wildlife Intake Center Volunteers

These volunteers work side-by-side with staff, assisting with all of the day-to-day operations at the WIC. Duties include cleaning, food preparation, greeting the public, and administrative tasks; however, as volunteers gain experience they may become involved in hands-on animal husbandry. This is a great place to start your volunteer experience and learn about other volunteer roles. Plus, you never know what kind of animal might walk (or fly, or crawl) through the door, so it’s an exciting place to be!

Animal Transporters

When the public finds an animal in need – but can’t make it to the WIC – the animal may be dropped off at a nearby vet clinic. Transporters pick these animals up and deliver them to the WIC, home rehabilitators, or partner agencies (and for a real treat, ask to participate in our popular “duckling express”!).

Phone (hot line) Volunteer 

It’s hard to believe, but our voicemail system receives 7,000 messages each year from community members! We’ll train you to return these calls, and assist and educate the caller in the process. We also provide backup so you will never be on your own.

Animal Rescue

Sometimes it is not possible for community members to handle the wildlife that requires rescue.  This could be because of the size of the animal or limited capability of the community member.  In this role you will go to the location where the wildlife in distress is.  You will safely capture the animal and transport to our WIC for treatment.  We will provide training and backup so that you can do this safely for yourself, the community and the animal.

Administration Volunteer

Gold Country Wildlife Rescue gets over 7,000 phone calls each year.  As a phone volunteer you can volunteer anywhere, even your home.  You will receive notifications of incoming phone messages and call people with Wildlife issues with help for them.  We will provide training, information and backup resources for you to be able to give answers to the public.

Education & Outreach

Part of our mission is to promote awareness of wildlife, which we achieve via our “Ed Team”: a group of volunteers that provide educational presentations and community outreach to schools, clubs, and other organizations. Our Ed Team is often supported by our animal handlers and our “wildlife ambassadors” (who you’ll meet later).

Fundraising & Events

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on donations and events to fund our important work. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways, like stuffing envelopes, or helping plan and execute our popular “Birds and Brew” events!

Special Skills

Have other skills to share with GCWR? We regularly need help with special projects, such as data entry, construction, grant-writing, and more. Let us know how you can best help our organization!

Other Important Considerations

  1. Our WIC is located in Auburn, CA at 11251 B Avenue (the former Animal Services building).
  2. We have more applicants than there are available positions. We will select volunteers based on the Volunteer Application Form and one-page letter of interest. Experience with animals is not a pre-requisite for volunteering, however, an interest in animals and a professional demeanor are essential.
  3. Our state and federal Fish and Wildlife permits limit the use of minors as volunteers. Currently, all GCWR volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Volunteers will be required to attend mandatory training to ensure human and animal safety; volunteers will also be expected to commit to regular volunteer shifts.
  5. Volunteers are expected to treat others with respect, including fellow volunteers, staff, board members, the public, and animals.

Volunteer Perks:

  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue t-shirt and volunteer name tag
  • An educational volunteer experience
  • Opportunities to work closely with animals
  • Discount on GCWR merchandise
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
  • Fun and new friends!

Additional Resources:

– Our webpage: www.goldcountrywildliferescue.org
– Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoldCountryWildlifeRescue
– Our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/GCWRtv


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