Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  Our volunteers are a valuable asset to MRWRC and we hope that you will join us in helping our native wildlife.

We have many volunteer jobs available including:
  • Animal care
  • Neonate fostering
  • Special events
  • Fundraising
  • Laundry and cleaning
  • Clerical, phone, mailing
  • Maintenance and enclosure building
  • Adopt a County Road Program – (road cleanup)
  • Diet prep
  • Wildlife rescue and transport
General Volunteer Requirements:
    • You must be 16 years or older to volunteer at our facility.
    • There is $25.00 volunteer fee in order to cover volunteer training materials and MRWRC t-shirts. - Volunteers are needed 7 days a week from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  We ask that you commit a minimum of 4 hours a month and at least 2 hours per shift.
    • We are a wildlife rehabilitation facility and must follow all rules and regulations of the Indiana DNR and US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding wildlife care.  As a volunteer you will NOT talk, pet, name, or treat the animals in any manner that will hinder their ability to live a full life in the wild.  Our goal is to rehabilitate and release all wildlife that comes through our doors, so contact is minimal to ensure they remain wild.
    • If this rewarding job of becoming a volunteer with MRWRC is something you wish to participate in, please complete the online volunteer orientation:    
    • Please fill out our Volunteer Application and Waiver.  All completed applications can be emailed to skadletz@mrwildliferehab.org, delivered, or mailed to the center at:
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Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center
 570 N 450 E
Valparaiso, IN 46385

  • For additional questions click here to contact us.
  • The staff and volunteers look forward to meeting and helping you start your volunteer career in wildlife rehabilitation.
  • If you have expertise in any other areas that might benefit our organization, and would like to donate your time, please contact skadletz@mrwildliferehab.org.


Internships

Thank you for your interest in our Internship program at Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  Interns play a vital part in our mission to rehabilitate and release native wildlife.  As an intern you will gain valuable experience in the wildlife rehabilitation field.  You will get hands on training in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation including:

  • Rescue, restraint, and capture techniques
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal nutrition
  • Neonatal care and feeding
  • Medical treatments and plans
  • Wildlife education programs and events

Qualifications:
  • Current student or recent college graduate, within 2 years, enrolled in a degree program in an environmental or animal related field.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and work hands on with wildlife.
  • Current tetanus and pre-exposure rabies vaccine preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions including freezing temperatures, snow, and extreme heat.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills are a must.  
  • Basic knowledge of Indiana’s wildlife and natural history.
  • We do not offer stipends.

Interns are accepted in the spring, summer, and fall.  Limited number of spots are available.  Part and fulltime positions are accepted.  Full time internship will work an average of 40-50 hours per week. Part time internships will work an average of 20-30 hours per week.  The schedule is flexible and we will work with you on school and work schedules.

Please fill out the Internship Application and email a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to skadletz@mrwildliferehab.org.

Volunteer your property for release

We rely on citizens in the area to help get our injured and orphaned wildlife back in the wild.  Do you have an appropriate release site for our native wildlife?  Species such as deer, raccoons, woodchucks, and birds have unique habitat requirements.  With the help of land owners, we can get the injured and orphaned wildlife that we rehabilitate back in to their natural environment.  If you live in Lake, Porter, or LaPorte counties and feel you have a suitable release site for any native species, please fill out the Release Site Application. Once the application is received we will contact you.  Email all applications to skadletz@mrwildliferehab.org or drop off at our center located at 570 N 450 E in Valparaiso.

Examples of minimum land size per species: 
  • Raccoon, Skunk, Fox, Opossum – minimum of 2 contiguous acres
  • Deer – minimum of 5 continuous acres