Volunteering at The Wildcat Sanctuary
Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to help the wild cat residents of The Wildcat Sanctuary! Our volunteer opportunities are as unique as the work we do. Depending on your skills and interest, there are several ways you can contribute your time. Read our volunteer team descriptions below and fee free to contact us with any questions. All interested volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are subject to approval.
Crew Day Teams
Help us build habitats for rescued captive wild cats! Crew Days are one-time, on-site volunteer opportunities for groups of up to 12 friends, family, or co-workers.
On-site construction is hard work that’s not for the faint of heart. Volunteers must be physically able to work outside in all weather conditions, climb ladders up to 12 feet high, and lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day. By the end of the day, you’ll be tired, sweaty, and dirty. It’s a grrrrreat work out!
No construction experience necessary, but a strong willingness to learn and follow directions is critical. Volunteers will be using hand tools like hog ring pliers and bolt cutters as they help us rebuild a bigger and better Wildcat Pines habitat area for our bobcats and a brand new Lion Habitat.
All participants must be 18 years or older, attend Safety Training at 9:30 am, and sign a liability release. Scheduling is available on Saturdays from April thru October on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Jeanna Hensler, Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates and to apply. Secure your date early! We will book up for the season!
Do you excel at customer service? Do you have experience working a Registration table or selling merchandise? You could help us with our fundraising events! We host several events throughout the year, some of which are on-site in Sandstone and some are at a venue in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Events are generally held February thru October each year and range from outreach booths at community events to Jungle Boogie, our black‑tie gala every October. Interested volunteers must commit to one full event season (February through October). Previous nonprofit event experience is preferred, but not required. To apply for an interview, click here.
We have large, beautiful gardens at our Sanctuary and they are kept looking lovely all summer long thanks to our hard working Garden Volunteers!
Under the direction of our Lead Volunteer Gardener, Garden Volunteers help to weed and maintain five gardens at our Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 20 pounds, bend over repeatedly, and work outside with minimal shade for the majority of the day.
Applications for Seasonal Garden Volunteers are limited, require a committed schedule, and are generally accepted in the Spring and Summer months. Application to apply will be posted here when it’s available.
As needs demand, we may also have one-time opportunities available to help us complete large garden projects. Dates and details will be posted here when those opportunities become available.
Specialty Volunteer Opportunities
Skilled volunteers are needed for on-going and project-based needs. Check back here often! We update this page with new opportunities as our business needs demand.
If you have a special skill that would help our operations, please feel free to send an email and your resume to email@example.com
For those who are interested in making an investment of their time and talent, please consider the following volunteer opportunities:
- Graphic Design
Self-motivated, dead-line sensitive volunteer graphic designer wanted! Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Marketing team, you will help design graphics that are brand-aligned and delivered in layered files. This is a Volunteer-from-Home opportunity for the right person. Full description and link to application will be posted here when it becomes available.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors supports the work of The Wildcat Sanctuary and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. We aim to expand our Board in 2018 and are looking for business professionals and expertise to help guide and grow our organization. Being a board is a rewarding commitment that benefits captive wild cats in Minnesota and beyond. You can learn more HERE.