Volunteer Wildlife Transporter
18 years or older (some exceptions apply)
Valid driver's license
Reliable mode of transportation
Be willing to use the Slack app to receive transport requests
Commit to three transports a year
We currently need volunteer transporters in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and north Florida (around Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Gainesville). Most of the transports involve picking up an already contained, orphaned mammal, injured or orphaned bird, or injured reptile or amphibian and transporting them to the nearest permitted rehabilitator or a specific veterinary clinic that triages wildlife. Sometimes a transport may require capturing a raptor, waterfowl, turtle, or fawn. We do not expect anyone to do anything that they are not comfortable with and risk injuries. And we also encourage the finder to transport if they are able. This is always the fastest route, and we want to create a sense of shared responsibility of caring for OUR native wildlife. We also abide by state and federal regulations that relate to wildlife rehabilitation and transportation of wildlife.
What to expect: You may be sent requests weekly or once a year depending on the need in your area. Wildlife emergencies are not predictable. But we do take most of our calls from urbanized areas and during the months of March through October. Most of the transports are at least an hour long while some involve multiple volunteers to complete a transport that takes several hours. We won't transport an animal until we have received permission from a rehabilitator or veterinary clinic to receive the animal. We will post transport requests on the Slack app.