Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Positions

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with Animals in Distress Assn.  We are a wildlife rehabilitation organization operating in the Treasure Valley since 1987.  Our avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center, is open 7 days a week, but the hours fluctuate depending on the arrival of baby birds.  Our approximate hours are 9am-1pm Oct-Mar and 8am-8pm Apr-Sep. Annually we rehabilitate over 3,000 birds and waterfowl, 300 mammals and field over 5,000 calls a year regarding injured, orphaned and nuisance wildlife.

 Ruth Melichar Bird Center 
4650 N. 36th St. Boise, Idaho 83703
RMBC:  208/338-0897
Hours are 9am-1pm Oct-Mar and 8am-8pm Apr-Sept
 
                            

Volunteer Positions – Birds

 Ruth Melichar Bird Center: 

Contact Person:   Jennifer Rockwell at:  208/571-3555  or  jenniferrockwell8@gmail.com

Volunteer Position for the Ruth Melichar Bird Center

As in all volunteer work with animals, there is a lot of cleaning involved.  Scrubbing cages and perches, cleaning outdoor enclosures, changing cages and aviaries as well as food preparation, laundry and watering plants are just a few of the daily chores.  

Children may volunteer at the RMBC with an adult/parent/guardian under the following restrictions:

16-17 years of age may volunteer without an adult/parent/guardian

12-15 years of age may volunteer with an adult/parent/guardian as primary volunteer (one adult one child)

9-11 years of age may be considered on a probationary status with an adult/parent/guardian as the primary volunteer (one adult one child)

For Application Forms:
Contact Sandra at: helpidahowildlife@hotmail.com 

Transport Team for the Ruth Melichar Bird Center

Volunteer Position

– Off Site Runner – This position requires on-call and immediate response to rescue, pick-up, and transport orphaned or injured birds to the Bird Center OR Veterinarian.  It may also include the transport of birds from the Bird Center to other rehabilitators.

For Application Forms:
Contact Sandra at: helpidahowildlife@hotmail.com 

Building and Grounds Maintenance for the Ruth Melichar Bird Center

Volunteer Position

All around maintenance and care of the RMBC Facility

For Application Forms:
Contact Sandra at: helpidahowildlife@hotmail.com 
 
Thank you for helping the birds in our community.

Volunteer Positions for Mammals

Baby Squirrel Home Care 
Volunteer Position
Contact – Toni at:  208/345-0559
– Home Care Caregiver – This position requires time and commitment to bottle feed and care for baby squirrels in your ownMisc July - Sept 2011 091 cropped home.  You will receive the training you need to properly care for these orphaned baby squirrels.  This is definitely a hands-on volunteer position.
Taking care of baby squirrels is both addicting and rewarding.  You will receive all the training you and your family need to care for these little creatures. 

Contact Toni at:  208/345-0559  


  Transport Team for Mammals

Squirrels:  Contact Toni at:  208/345-0559

Mammals other than squirrels:  Mady at: 208/344-0468

Mammal Rescue Training Provided by Toni & Mady
Volunteer Position

– Off Site Runner – This position requires on-call and immediate response to rescue, pick-up, and transport orphaned or injured squirrels to AIDA OR Veterinarian.  It may also include the transport of baby squirrels from AIDA to other rehabilitators.


Thank you for caring about the wildlife in our community.

Wildlife Rescue