One of our core values is honoring, enriching, and respecting the animals’ lives. Our animal care volunteer program is an essential part in bringing this core value to life. We offer volunteers a rich opportunity to assist us with the daily care of the 50+ non-releasable wild animals residing at our sanctuary.

teen volunteer program

Helping prepare daily meals for the animals, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, landscaping, and making enrichment toys are some of the many opportunities high school students may have to participate in caring for the animals in the sanctuary.

Our teen volunteers develop a work ethic and social skills that last a lifetime; those who have been a part of the program for a significant period of time may become mentors for the younger volunteers.

adult volunteer program

Working closely with staff, adult volunteers help prepare daily meals for the animals, clean and maintain enclosures, landscaping, and making enrichment toys. You will learn how to care for and enrich the lives of the amazing animals at our sanctuary.

Adult volunteers make a regular commitment of their time and energy to assist us in caring for the animals in a variety of ways. Our adult volunteers range from college students to retirees, and they represent a wide variety of careers. Some are exploring wildlife-related career options; others are simply seeking a way to contribute to their community and to the well-being of animals in general.

corporate volunteer days

Corporations bring groups of employees to the Wildlife Associates sanctuary in Half Moon Bay for a day of service, teambuilding and fun. Activities include upgrading wildlife habitats and enclosures, gardening, painting, and cleaning. Volunteers can see how their work has positive effects on the animals’ lives and leave with a feeling of accomplishment and well-being.

For many years now, we have been honored to have a close volunteer partnership with Oracle.  Twice a year, Oracle employees have graciously offered their time and expertise for the benefit of our animals at Wildlife Associates.


For information about any of the volunteer opportunities at Wildlife Associates, please email [email protected] or call 650.712.0800

Please note: Because of the strong bonds and working relationships that staff need to maintain with our wild animals at Wildlife Associates, volunteers do not have hands on contact with them at any time. There are, however, opportunities for volunteers to interact with our other animals: alpaca, horses and a tortoise, to name a few!