Volunteer Position Qualifications, Skills, & Abilities: Special Events Volunteers are responsible for assisting with the set up, execution of, and clean up of large scale functions that take place on property. Various positions are available at these events, including but not limited to signing in guests, assisting with parking, directing guests around the event, chauffeuring guests around in a golf cart, signing guests up for memberships, assisting with a silent auction, providing drinks to guests, and teaching guests about the animals.
Depending on the position assigned to the Special Events Volunteer, the requirements may include the ability to travel on uneven surfaces such as dirt and gravel, the ability to talk with guests of various ages and backgrounds, and the ability to work in various weather conditions.
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. Special Events Volunteer opportunities are available at various times throughout each year and vary in length from a few hours to a full day. A Special Events Volunteer may sign up for an entire event or a single shift, depending on the length of the event.
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.
Volunteer Supervision: Special Events Volunteers report directly to the Education Manager, though other staff members may participate in training and supervision.
Volunteer Training Process: Special Events Volunteers will primarily be trained on the day of the event for their particular roles. Training will be conducted by a staff member or long-time volunteer who is familiar with the role. If any training needs to be conducted prior to a particular event, the Education Manager will reach out to either schedule a training day or notify of training material available online. If a volunteer has limited access to the internet, a paper copy of training materials can be provided upon request.
Personal Appearance/Dress Code: Special Events Volunteers will be provided a blue Endangered Wolf Center t-shirt and a name tag that they must wear anytime they are working an event. Additional shirts are available for purchase. If 75 hours of volunteer service is completed during the course of one year, a blue Endangered Wolf Center polo will be available for purchase, which may be worn instead. Special Events Volunteers are also required to wear black or khaki pants and closed-toe shoes. Shorts may be worn on warm days, provided they are as long or longer than mid-thigh. 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 acceptable). Endangered Wolf Center branded jackets are acceptable. Plain or Endangered Wolf Center hats may be worn as long as they do not detract from the guests' experience.
Special Events Volunteers act as representatives to the public. It is the policy of the Endangered Wolf Center that Special Events Volunteers maintain a level of personal hygiene while performing their appointed duties. Offensive odors and disheveled appearance may lower the visitors' experience. A Special Events Volunteer who does not meet these requirements may be subject to disciplinary action, which may prohibit them from leading programs or attending special events and fundraisers.