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Baby Season 2017 has begun. Training for new volunteers and permit applicants has ended until 2018. That being said, we are still seeking the following positions:

(Click on the one you are interested in applying for.)

Wildlife Specialist – Phone Support: This position can be done by anyone, anywhere, from your own living room. There is a short training class we can do over the phone for applicants who are interested in working on our phone system, taking calls regarding wildlife, for at least 15 hours per week, preferably more. Applicants must have a smart phone, be able to send and receive text messages, install ‘apps’ on their phone, and have a phone (home or cell) that isn’t going to cost them a fortune to talk on all day. We love to use retired rehabbers for this position! Anyone interested is welcome to help. We ALWAYS need help in this position.

Wildlife Care Assistant:  This position is specifically working at our HQ 375 Uthe Lane, Black Jack MO 63033. Please map this address to find out your commute time before applying. You would be helping to feed babies, clean cages, help with medical treatments, update charts, help with new admits, and assist with dishes/laundry/general cleanup of facilities. This job is for able-bodied people who don’t mind putting together cages, helping us move cages around when needed, and getting dirty. Must not be bothered by blood, poop, and general mess of raising baby animals. Must be located close enough to HQ to put in at least 2 days per week from 9am-4pm or 5pm-11pm. 

Wildlife Transport: This position is the most simple. All that we ask is that our transport people carry at least two crates or carriers in their car – one small for babies, and one larger for adult animals. You’ll also need a few towels, some ‘hot hands’ packs, and heavy gloves. If you are interested in us texting or calling you when animals in your area need pickup and transport to someone with a permit to keep wildlife, we only need your name, address, phone number and what areas you are willing to pick up from.

For 2018 Volunteers:

Are you a true animal lover at heart?? Do you love all species of animals, even the ones that might not be as cute and cuddly as others??

When you are driving do you notice every animal on the side of the road to the point that it upsets you? Are you the person that all of your friends call when they find a bunny nest in their backyard?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might just be ONE OF US!

Click HERE to Apply Now! 

*To Apply for the Starling Baby Bird Project, Click Here!


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With the help of our vast network of rehabilitators, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, emergency medical technicians, and critical care rescue specialists, we successfully rescue, rehabilitate and re-release over 1000 native wild animals each year. When wildlife is found sick, injured, or orphaned throughout Missouri and Illinois, we are here to help- 24/7/365. Often, we are called as the last or only option that is willing to try to sustain these animal’s lives. We do not believe that some animals are too small or insignificant to justify heroic efforts to save them. To us, every life matters, no matter how large or small. Animal welfare is not a popularity contest or beauty pageant. When we say EVERY life matters – we mean it. From skunk to opossum, and mouse to snake, we do our best to give these animals the best possible chance in life whenever possible. In cases where the extension of life will only lead to immense suffering, we take comfort in knowing that we have the ability to offer a humane, peaceful end to that suffering. The work we do here is our gift back to Mother Nature, and a step toward making this world a place that we can be happy to live within. We feel enormously blessed every day just to be granted the opportunity to play a small part in these precious wild lives that so many people choose to view as worthless and expendable. If you are anything like US, we know that you will share these feelings. Volunteering your time with the Wildlife Hotline will not only be an opportunity that you will cherish, but it will become part of you in ways you cannot yet imagine. In the past you may have been called too sensitive, or crazy, or worse for daring to care about something that your own friends, family and neighbors refer to as filthy ‘nuisance’ animals, but you can officially put all of that in the past now.

You are one of us.

Welcome Home.

2014-05-20 19.04.52We are always in need of more volunteers, year round. Our busiest time of year is from March through August when baby bunnies, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, birds, owls, hawks, and many others arrive in need of help after being found all alone and orphaned in the world. We receive $0 in state or federal funding to help us provide the essential services we offer to the public. Because of this extremely limited funding, it is imperative that we keep our operational and administrative costs very low. The staff here at the Wildlife Hotline consists ENTIRELY of selflessly dedicated, tireless volunteers, with no salaries to cut into our meager private funding. This allows us to devote 100% of donations directly to our patient’s care.

We are in need of volunteers for the following positions:

  • Hotline Core Group – Answering wildlife calls via our 24 hour hotline. This work can be done from the comfort of your home and is absolutely essential for the public to find help fast when an animal is in crisis. Hotline phone work is the best first step if you are interested in becoming a licensed rehabilitator on your own in the future. This is normally the first position that a new volunteer will have. You will learn A LOT in the Core Group. Every volunteer, new or not, is REQUIRED to help on the phones for 15 hours or more each week. 
  • HART Team – Hotline Animal Rescue Team: This work is done within your home area. Sick, injured and orphaned animals in need of rescue are called in to our hotline and the HART team is responsible for responding to these calls and rescuing animals in need, provide critical care, and transport to the closest licensed person or facility that is best suited for that particular species’ needs. We take your zip code and load it into our help locator here on the site. Then when we get a call where an animal has to be picked up or rescued, we search the locator for who might be close and able to help. If you are close by, we’ll call or text you to ask if you are available to help. HART staff must have a dog/cat crate, Pedialyte, towels or other linens, and heavy gloves. These supplies are not provided by the Wildlife Hotline. We will give you other supplies as you are involved in more rescues, but to start, you will be responsible for your supplies.
  • ‘Foster’ Wild Mom – This position is responsible for providing in home care for animals that are orphaned and need bottle feedings, time and encouragement to develop into the wild monsters that they are meant to be. Some Wild Mom’s specialize in a particular species that they enjoy most, or are best suited to accommodate. Others accept many different fawns1types of species. This work requires at least two year’s (preferably 3) apprentice experience with a licensed rehabber and must be approved by MO Dept. of Conservation or IL Dept. of Natural Resources.
  • Animal Care Assistants – This is a great position for someone who just wants to help out at someone else’s home or facility and not have to worry about working from their own home. Many times our ACA’s are also part of the Hotline Core Group, or HART Team in addition to being ACA’s. Job duties include assisting an existing WildMom with bottle feedings, cage cleaning, baby laundry and dishes, food prep, and working with the animals to encourage their wild instincts to develop. Being an ACA is very similar to the job functions of an Apprentice Wild Mom. 
  • Administrative Work – We are constantly in need of volunteers that can assist us in the vast amounts of administrative work that we have to stay on top of in addition to helping all of the animals too! We need people to help with fundraisers, event planning, securing donations via Craig’s List and online via email, recruiting new volunteers, developing educational programs for schools, record keeping, and grant writing. All of this work can be done from the comfort of your own home via the internet and telephone.

2014-07-27 21.46.55If any of these positions interest you, apply now! We hold training classes in the winter every year. However, we cannot host training sessions between March and September. Baby season is too busy at that point and it just cannot be done. Without this training you are still welcome to apply and at least allow us to add your name to our locator. If we need help near you, we will call you and walk you through picking up a sick, injured, or orphaned animal. We’ll go easy on you! It just depends on your level of comfort with the work, and how available you are when the phone rings.

If you are at least 18 years of age and have an interest in wildlife, nature, and animals, we would love to see you soon. We need all the help we can get!

THANK YOU!!!

 

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New volunteer training has concluded for the 2016 baby season. If you have previous experience with wildlife, or if you would like to assist with animal pickups or administrative duties, until the next training session, please fill out the application below and we will get back to you as soon as we can. It is our busy season, so please be patient.

We know that everyone who comes in as a new volunteer really wants to help with wild babies. We promise you, there will be babies - more than you know what to do with.  However, babies don't get here, and animals suffer if we don't answer our phones. Our phone system is tied to everyone's cell phones. You choose what hours and days you are willing to help out on phones, and we can program that.  We do REQUIRE that EVERY volunteer help with phone calls. This is imperative. When we don't answer the phone and it goes to voicemail, people do really stupid things, like giving the babies to someone else who leaves with the animal, or they feed bizarre things to the animal, or call another agency that just comes out to kill it. We MUST make phone calls a priority.

A HUGE part of our workload during the spring and summer is picking up animals from homeowners, business owners, etc. People are scared to touch it or unwilling to drive it anywhere. These people rarely donate. With a new volunteer, we add your home and work zip code to our locator map (only we can see it) and we would call or text you when something needs pick up near you. We can help you gather the equipment, but we are unable to purchase catch poles and nets, or buy your gas at this time.  Usually all you need to do pickup is a couple of towels, maybe some gloves, and a pet crate of some kind.

Obtaining a wildlife rehab permit from the state and rehabbing from home takes TIME. They require that you have letters of recommendation from organizations like ours, a veterinarian that accepts wildlife and vouches for you, and 3 years experience in the field. It's tough. However, we desperately need more rehabbers in BOTH states!! We would love to help anyone who is interested in getting a permit down the road. Just know that it's a time consuming process.