Become a Volunteer at The Wildcat Sanctuary!

Volunteering at The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2020- 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. All interested volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are subject to approval. Generally, our Volunteer Season runs May through October, but we have several year round opportunities. Current open volunteer positions are posted below. Check back often!

Shoveling Team

Help us shovel paths for African Lions and clear perches for Tigers!

Volunteers will join Caretakers and Animal Care Interns to hand shovel paths in and around habitats. All cats will be “locked in” and secured by Caretakers per our safety protocol. You may also get to help place enrichment items such as decorated boxes, pine branches, and zoo balls!

Volunteer Shoveling Shift is 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. (unless otherwise noted). It includes a 30-minute lunch with the Caretakers and Interns. Your volunteer shift may end earlier depending on snowfall totals and daylight. Mother Nature snows on weekdays and weekends. We welcome help all 7 days of the week!

TWS will be responsible for monitoring the weather conditions daily. If 3+ inches of snow (2” + if heavy, wet snow) are predicted for Sandstone, MN 55072, TWS will promptly notify approved Shoveling Volunteers via email with a list of dates that your assistance would be welcome!

Want to learn more? Email [email protected] to sign up for the 2020-21 season!

Skilled 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]

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

  • Marketing Enrichment Creator/Artist: Help make tiger toys! This volunteer position is responsible for creating “marketing” enrichment for the cats. Marketing enrichment includes fun, bright-colored decorated boxes, signs, or other cardboard sculpture. The volunteer is responsible for gathering TWS approved supplies, creating and delivering the enrichment item according to a predetermined schedule. Marketing enrichment items will celebrate holidays, promote fundraiser, and enrich the lives of the wild cat residents of TWS!
  • 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, creative person.
  • 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.
  • Welders: Use your skills to help us weld habitat doors, inclines, and other special projects for the big cats. We’ll supply the materials, plans, and encouragement! This position can be done on-site or from home (assuming the volunteers has their own welder at home).

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 2019 and 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:


Crew Day Teams – thank you volunteers! We are booked for the 2020 season!
Check back in early 2021 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 of 6 – 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. 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!

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 May thru October on a first come, first serve basis. Please email our Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] to request an application and discuss scheduling.