Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the heart of our organization. OWL operates almost entirely through the generosity and hard work of our volunteers. OWL has a variety of opportunities at our main facility and receiving facility. Most of our volunteer positions require a 4-8 hour weekly commitment. Our busiest season is April through September.
Most of our volunteers get involved with OWL primarily for the hands-on care of wild animals. Be aware, however, that OWL does not exist for the amusement of people who would like to "play with the animals." Wild animals are not meant to be pets!
Be prepared to follow non-negotiable guidelines and rules. They are in place to ensure consistent, ethical, quality rehabilitation and to further demonstrate to the public the ideals we wish to emphasize through education. Rehabbers go through various levels of training and can specialize in a number of areas depending on personal preference, time restrictions, etc. Volunteers can care for large predatory mammals and raptors at the Main Facility. This location is also where OWL volunteers may assist with medical treatments and surgeries. After a rigorous training period and a home inspection, some OWL volunteers are selected to become "home rehabbers". These volunteers are a huge help in reducing the vast numbers of orphaned babies that come to us each year.
OWL offers classes to orient new volunteers and periodically holds continuing education seminars to keep volunteers up to date on current methods for successful rehabilitation.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our online application.
After acceptance, you will be asked to attend one of our orientation sessions.
A 501(c)3 Organization
Contact Us: OpWildlife@aol.com
23375 Guthrie Road
Linwood, KS 66052
Phone: (785) 542-3625
Fax: (785) 542-5114
Monday - Saturday
8am - 5pm