Become a Volunteer at The Wildcat Sanctuary!

Volunteering at The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2021

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 feel free to contact us with any questions.  All interested volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are subject to approval.

2021 Mowing Team – new!

Forty acres is a lot to maintain! Volunteers help in a BIG way by mowing and weed whipping our Sanctuary property from May to October.  We will work together to establish a once-a-month schedule that works for you. The grass grows every day of the week!

Lawn maintenance will be performed in “human” areas (around the offices and near the front gate), as well as in and around habitat areas with staff supervision (cats will NEVER be present).  Volunteers will be using push mowers (no riding mowers) as well as gas & electric weed whippers.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, physically able to bend over repeatedly, work outside with minimal shade for much of the day, and manage typical lawn care equipment.

This position is limited to 1 -2 volunteers each day.  The time commitment for the Mowing Team is one regular assigned day each month from May through October (6 shifts total).   One excused absence per season is allowed.

If you’re interested in joining our 2021 Volunteer Mowing Team, please complete an application found here:

2021 Crew Day Teams

Help us build habitats for rescued captive wild cats!  Crew Days are one-time, on-site volunteer opportunities for groups of 6 – 8 friends, family, or co-workers.

One group member must serve as the “Crew Day Organizer” and is responsible for all communication with TWS and their group of volunteers for one day of service.  All participants must be 18 years or older, attend Safety Training at 9:30 am, and sign a liability release.   A full description of what to expect and what to bring can be found at 2021 Crew Day Volunteer Info Sheet .

On-site Crew Day work is hard work and 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. This should not be considered light-duty work. By the end of the day, you’ll be tired, sweaty, and dirty. It’s a grrrrreat work out!

Scheduling is available on Saturdays from May thru October on a first come, first serve basis.  If you’d like to volunteer as a Crew Day Organizer, please email [email protected] to request discuss details and scheduling.


2021 Marketing Enrichment Team – new!

Help make tiger toys!  This volunteer team helps create “marketing” enrichment for the cats under the direction of our Donor Services department. Marketing enrichment includes fun, bright-colored decorated boxes, signs, or other cardboard sculpture that helps to promote our giving programs and other special announcements.

Volunteer Team members will be given specific assignments based on an established schedule.  Smaller assignments must be created off-site and delivered to a Minneapolis home office address by the established due date.  There will also be some on-site group opportunities to make large-scale enrichment or to make a high volume for an event such as Give to the Max Day.

Please note: we work several weeks ahead of the calendar to ensure we have time to place the enrichment and edit the photos/video.  We ask that Marketing Enrichment Team volunteers take the deadlines seriously and make every effort to meet them.

Most supplies can be provided by TWS, but we also encourage volunteers to gather supplies when they can.  Read more about our Marketing Enrichment requirements and approved supplies here. 

The application for this Team has 2 parts: completion of the on-line form and making at least one piece of Marketing enrichment to show us your skills! Full instructions are included on the application:


2021 Garden Team – Full for 2021! Thank you.

We have large, beautiful perennial gardens at our Sanctuary, and they’re kept up all summer long thanks to our hard‑working Garden Team Volunteers!

Garden Volunteers help 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.  Garden Team volunteers typically do not add more plant to our gardens but work hard to maintain what we already have in place.

Available positions for the 2021 Garden Team are limited to 4 volunteers each Saturday.  The time commitment for the Garden Team is one Saturday each month from May through October (6 shifts total).  Volunteers will be assigned either the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday of the month as their regular schedule.

2021 Garden Team Orientation & Safety Training (required) is on Saturday, April 24th.  Approved Volunteers will receive full details when we get closer to the date.

If you are interested in joining our 2021 Volunteer Garden Team, please complete an application found here:

2021 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 protected]  Please note that masks are required while on TWS property.

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, catwalks, and bed boxes for our wildcat residents. The ability to follow building plans, use power tools, and follow all safety protocol is imperative.
  • Welders: Experienced welders are needed to help make several different components to habitats and transport crates. Work can be completed on-site in our outdoor workshop with our MIG welder.  If you have the capacity to complete work in a home workshop, we can also discuss that possibility.
  • Graphic Design: Self-motivated, deadline 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. Email your interest and a link to your work to [email protected] for consideration.


2021 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports the work of The Wildcat Sanctuary and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. We are looking for business professionals and expertise to help guide and grow our organization. Being a board member is a rewarding commitment that benefits captive wild cats in Minnesota and beyond.  You can learn more here: