Become a Volunteer

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 – thank you volunteers! We are booked for the 2018 season! Check back in early 2019 for information about next year’s Crew Days.

Help us build habitats for rescued captive wild cats! Crew Days are one-time, on-site volunteer opportunities for groups 5- 8 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.

Event Team

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.  

Garden Team

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 “Weekend Weeder” Gardening Volunteers are limited and require a committed schedule with a minimum of one shift every month. If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Garden Team, please email outreach@wildcatsanctuary.org to inquire about open positions for the 2018 season.

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 outreach@wildcatsanctuary.org

For those who are interested in making an investment of their time and talent, please consider the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Carpentry
    Seeking skilled carpenters to build large-scale perch systems and catwalks for our wildcat residents. The ability to follow building plans, use power tools, and follow all safety protocol is imperative.

    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.