Principles of Volunteering at the Center

One of the Center’s most significant education programs is its volunteer program. Volunteering at the Center is all about learning. It is also about doing something for the community, especially the community of wild animals that live in and among our neighborhoods. There are no age barriers for volunteers; anyone of any age can come to the Center and participate in caring for animals and helping the Center provide for its own unique community.

Currently, New England Wildlife Center’s volunteer program asks those interested in volunteering for a 3 month commitment, working at least 4 hours a week inside the facility. We are open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM and are currently in need of volunteers during week days. To get started, take a look at the list of jobs we currently need below. We are also accepting applicants for general volunteering, and will orient new groups every 3 months (January, April, July, and October) You can DOWNLOAD OUR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION BELOW, and fax it to 781-682-4872, drop it off in person, or email it to Jack Banagis our volunteer coordinator at jack.banagis@newildlife.org

Volunteers work on special events like our “Night of a Thousand Faces” Halloween event.  Volunteers also conduct tours, raise money, walk our two goats, clean, feed and exercise reptiles, assist with birthday parties, and in the exams of animals for the Odd Pet Vet.  As volunteers work and care for animals and our facility they are taught about the biology of life on Earth, about work and work ethic, and about how to ask investigative and discovery style questions.  Volunteers work along side wildlife biologists, veterinarians, interns, and other volunteers.  The Center embraces and encourages mentor style hands-on apprentice–type education and work. Volunteers do not work directly with the sick, injured or orphaned wildlife present in the Hospital. If you are interested in working with wildlife, we recommend looking into our year-round internship program.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can use the link below to download the application. You can also reference particular open volunteer positions in the application, if you come across one that fits your interests. Volunteers must then attend a scheduled orientation to become proficient at working in the building. All questions regarding volunteering can be directed to Volunteer Manager Jack Banagis, who can be reached at 781-682-4878 x126. You can also email him directly at Jack.Banagis@newildlife.org


  1. Odd Pet Vet Lobby Host: New England Wildlife Center’s largest fee-for-service is our exotic veterinary pet practice. Staffed by 3 compassionate, experienced veterinarians the Odd Pet Vet aims to keep your furry, scaly, and feathered friends in the best health! As a Lobby host, we are seeking social, friendly volunteers to enhance the waiting experience for clients by acting as a host, helping to answer their questions, interacting with pets, and baking cookies (THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! WE LOVE COOKIES!!!). If you are interested, please contact Jack Banagis to talk about availability. Odd Pet Vet appointments are scheduled 7 days a week.

Download the volunteer application here: Volunteer Application