Thank you for your interest in the volunteer program at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. The following information is designed to help you get a sense of what we do and what will be expected of you as a volunteer.


Volunteer schedules begin daily at 8am and run in three, four-hour shifts: 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm and 4pm-8pm.
The season begins in April and runs through October.


The animals we accept for care include raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, woodchucks, skunks, fawns, bear, fox, bobcat.


The animals we care for are wild. The safety of both our volunteers and animals are important. No matter how experienced or knowledgeable, volunteers will not be handling animals without training and supervision.


All volunteers are given a tour of our facilities prior to committing to the program and are welcome to come and observe what we do. Full-day training sessions are offered to animal care volunteers in early spring. Hands-on training occurs as you work at the Sanctuary.


  • Typical volunteer duties include:
  • Mixing formula/preparing food
  • Picking up supplies/medications
  • Washing and sterilizing feeding equipment
  • Cleaning cages and changing bedding
  • Maintaining records
  • Assisting with feeding
  • Transporting animals
  • Assisting with final releases
  • Laundry


  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Provide a minimum of one, four-hour shift weekly during the spring to autumn seasons
  • Be willing to learn, accept supervision and follow procedures
  • Fulfill your commitment on time
  • Provide your own transportation to and from the Sanctuary
  • Dress appropriately
  • Be able to lift 20 lbs


You may decide you want to help Antler Ridge but do not wish to provide hands-on care for the animals. Volunteers are needed in many other areas including cage building and maintenance work, transporting animals, clerical work and fundraising.


Our mission is to provide proper care to the animals at our facility, return healthy animals to their natural habitat and to educate the public on the best ways to co-exist with the wildlife that share our environment. The work we do is time consuming, certainly not glamorous, at times heartbreaking but also very rewarding. It takes a special individual to donate their time and talent to the betterment of helpless creatures and we appreciate your choosing our facility. If you have any questions, call 973-800-2420 or email kelly@antler-ridge.com


Volunteering needs are varied and include everything from care and feeding of the animals to cage maintenance and many behind-the-scenes opportunities. The only experience needed is an appreciation for wildlife and the importance of volunteering. It’s not glamorous work but it’s vital to the care and release of the animals. As a volunteer, you become our ambassador to the community on education and preservation. Your gift of time will always be appreciated. Training is hands-on and given by experienced volunteers.


During our busy season (March 31- October 31), there are three shifts which last around four hours: morning 8am-12pm, afternoon 12pm-4pm and evening 4pm-8pm, seven days a week. We ask all volunteers to commit to a weekly schedule of at least one day a week. Our preference is that you have a set schedule but we allow for floating shifts if necessary. All scheduling will be reviewed in detail during orientation and training. After orientation, volunteers are asked to commit for our entire busy season. This will ensure quality and continuity of care during our busiest of time.


This position involves the direct handling and feeding of animals on a regular basis from infancy to release. You will also be cleaning cages, preparing food and taking part in other regular shift chores. You will be trained in all aspects of animal’s handling. Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations are recommended for everyone and are required for anyone wishing to work with raccoons, skunks and any other rabies vector species. Vaccinations are the responsibility of the volunteer.


All areas of the Sanctuary need to be maintained on a regular basis. This position may include mowing, trimming, raking and heavy lifting. Our cages and facility may be in need of repair, reworking or improving. This would include skills in carpentry, building and painting. These opportunities are on an as-needed basis with a minimum of once per month to inspect areas, plan and execute repair work.


These include but are not limited to our education and fundraising committees, supply shopping, answering phones and general office work. If none of these opportunities work for you but you have a talent or skill that you think might be beneficial, please let us know.

Thank you,
Kelly Simonetti, RN
Director, Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

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