Volunteer Position Qualifications, Skills, & Abilities: Maintenance Volunteers are responsible for assisting the Maintenance Staff with work around the property, including but not limited to fence repair, car maintenance and repair, grass cutting, and weed trimming. Those with the Endangered Wolf Center for an extended period of time may be granted the opportunity to participate in additional tasks and responsibilities.
This position requires the ability to perform manual labor in a variety of weather conditions, including significant heat and cold. The ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs may be required depending on assigned tasks.
Minimum age requirement: 18 years old
Time Commitment & Scheduling: Volunteers must commit to at least 12 months with a minimum of 30 hours of service per year, which may be split between different volunteer roles. Maintenance Volunteer opportunities are available year round.
Volunteer Screening Process: Those interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application. After an interview, potential volunteers must provide proof of being up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including initial doses (1- or 2-dose varieties) and all eligible boosters, and may need to pass a background check. Maintenance volunteers must also provide the date of their latest Tdap vaccination.
Volunteer Supervision: Maintenance Volunteers report directly to the Education Coordinator, though other staff members may assist with training and supervision. Any concerns that cannot be addressed by the Education Coordinator should be directed to the Education Manager.
Volunteer Training Process: Those chosen to become Maintenance Volunteers are required to attend one of the quarterly Volunteer Orientation days. Upon completion, they must complete safety training online for any tools or equipment they may use prior to completing any tasks. If a volunteer has limited access to the internet, a printed copy of the training material can be provided upon request. Certain safety training tests must be completed each year to remain current while others will only need to be completed once.
Training for particular tasks may be completed on the day of volunteering. This training will be conducted by a staff member or long-time volunteer familiar with the task. If additional online training courses are required prior to the scheduled date of completion, the Education Coordinator or Education Manager will reach out to notify the volunteer.
Personal Appearance/Dress Code: Maintenance Volunteers will be provided a blue Endangered Wolf Center t-shirt to wear during their shifts. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase. Closed-toe shoes and pants or jeans are required for this position, provided they do not have significant rips or tears. Long sleeves may be worn under uniform shirts and jackets, coats, and vests may be worn as long as they are plain and do not contain wording (small, unobtrusive brand logos are acceptable). Endangered Wolf Center branded jackets are acceptable. Plain or Endangered Wolf Center hats may be worn. Work gloves are encouraged.