Volunteer Wildlife Transporter

Requirements

  • 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.

Other Volunteer Positions

Virtual Intern

  • Volunteer position (unpaid)

  • Assist the director with social media marketing, event planning, and fundraising

  • Research current wildlife related topics

  • Draft educational materials

  • Not a hands-on or animal-related position

  • Dates and commitment are flexible

  • Donate 3 to 10 hours weekly

  • Experience with MS Excel or Google Sheets and Docs

Recruiter

  • Volunteer position (unpaid)

  • Recruit volunteer transporters

  • Attend an online training session with WREN

  • Locate potential organizations, businesses, groups, etc. that would allow you to present about WREN's volunteer needs

  • Use provided template as needed to present or promote in person or virtually

  • Continue to work with WREN with recruiting new volunteers and promoting our educational events and campaigns 

Responder

  • Volunteer position (unpaid)

  • Respond to local calls regarding evaluating a wildlife emergency, reuniting young wildlife, and educating the public

  • Must be a WREN Volunteer transporter to qualify

  • Attend in person training workshops (postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19)

  • Sign up for required online lectures for further education 

  • Agree to abide by state, federal, and WREN rules and regulations

Wildlife Resources and Education Network  501c3 tax ID #47-3844358

We are an all volunteer organization.

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