Marion a the Volunteer Table

Wolf Park Depends on Volunteers!

Volunteer Coordinator:

Kimber Hendrix – vol.managers@wolfpark.org

Want to join us? Print out a Volunteer Application!

2016 Orientation Dates:

  • January 23
  • March 19
  • June 11
  • September 3
  • November 19

All orientations run from 10 am to 12 noon and take place here at the Park.  You must attend a volunteer orientation and be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at Wolf Park.

Becoming a Volunteer:

Becoming a Wolf Park volunteer is more than a great opportunity to learn about wolves and their place in the world — it is a means of helping the cause of wildlife preservation and promoting the welfare of wolves in the wild and in captivity along with supporting a non-profit organization.

Volunteers at Wolf Park play an integral part in making daily operations successful and allowing our visitors to have an enjoyable experience.

We define volunteers as those who help at the Park on a regular basis, over a long period of time, such as months or even years. These people must be able to provide their own transportation and accommodations. If you live far from Wolf Park and cannot volunteer regularly, but are interested in something more than a visit, please consider our internship or practicum programs. These programs enable you to live on the property for a period of from one to three months, and will give you some hands-on experience with the animals.

All volunteers are expected to work at least 12 hours a month; however, volunteering more time is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are needed on Howl Nights and weekends to:

  • Collect entrance money from the public and to staff the gift shop
  • Direct traffic
  • Give tours
  • Assist with crowd control

Volunteers are needed during the week to:

  • Help with ground maintenance and cleaning enclosures.
  • Assist with public relations and fund raising
  • Give tours (May through November)
  • Collect entrance money from the public and to staff the gift shop

As a New Volunteer:

The Park will provide you with an orientation and provide reading materials about the Park. This will help you become acquainted with our mission, regulations, wolves and other animals. You will likely begin by taking admission or working in the gift shop. With time and training, you will be able to give tours and perform other duties.

Animal interaction is a privilege given with time and experience.   Gaining thorough knowledge of the animals is important before interacting with them.  Our wolves are socialized, but we have to follow very strict guidelines for both human safety and that of the animals. New volunteers will also need to listen to the lectures, and learn as much about the animals as possible. Animal time is very minimal, especially for new volunteers.

Volunteer Hall of Fame:

Wolf Park volunteers dedicate countless hours of their lives to support our mission of research, education and conservation. Wolf Park sincerely thanks the following volunteers for their continued support over many years. We could not do it without you!

10 Years +

  • Barbara Bennett
  • Caity Judd

5 Years +

  • Laura Hale
  • Dee Hull
  • Beth Line
  • Jeff Line
  • Tom O’Dowd
  • Shannon Smith
  • Ryan Talbot

3 Years +

  • Layla Amberger
  • Lauren Edwards
  • Bill Fontaine
  • Janelle Jensen
  • Dean Rhoades
  • Jade Tonos
  • Rachel Vanausdall