Become a Volunteer at The Wildcat Sanctuary!

Volunteering at The Wildcat Sanctuary

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to help the wild cat residents of The Wildcat Sanctuary!

Our volunteer opportunities are as unique as the work we do. Depending on your skills and interest, there are several ways you can contribute your time. Read our volunteer team descriptions below and feel free to contact us with any questions. All interested volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are subject to approval.

Crew Day Teams

Help us build habitats for rescued captive wild cats! Crew Days are one-time, on-site volunteer opportunities for groups of 6 – 8 friends, family, or co-workers.

On-site construction is hard work that’s not for the faint of heart. Volunteers must be physically able to work outside in all weather conditions, climb ladders up to 12 feet high, and lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day.

This should not be considered light-duty work. By the end of the day, you’ll be tired, sweaty, and dirty. It’s a grrrrreat work out!

All participants must be 18 years or older, attend Safety Training at 9:30 am, and sign a liability release. Scheduling is available on Saturdays from May thru October on a first come, first serve basis.

Please email our Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] to request an application and discuss scheduling.

Garden Team

We have large, beautiful gardens at our Sanctuary, and they’re kept looking lovely all summer long thanks to our hard-working Garden Volunteers!

Under the direction of our Lead Volunteer Gardener, Garden Volunteers help weed and maintain five gardens at our Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 20 pounds, bend over repeatedly, and work outside with minimal shade for the majority of the day.

Applications for “Weekend Weeder” Gardening Volunteers are limited and require a committed schedule with a minimum of one shift every month from May through October.

If you’re interested in joining our Volunteer Garden Team, please complete an application found here.

Events Team

Do you excel at customer service? Do you have experience working a Registration table or selling merchandise? You could help us with our fundraising and outreach events! We host several outreach opportunities and two major events throughout the year, some of which are on-site in Sandstone and some are in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

Outreach and Events “season” is generally February thru October each year. Volunteers help with a variety of TWS events – everything from outreach booths at community events to Jungle Boogie, our black‑tie gala every October.

Interested volunteers must commit to one full event season (February through October). Previous nonprofit event experience is preferred, but not required. To apply for an interview, click here.

Independent Outreach Opportunities

Do you have an opportunity to educate others about TWS and our mission? Tell us more!

“Friend-raising” is just as important as (and usually leads to) fundraising. If you know of an opportunity where you can share information about our mission and are willing to manage the logistics, please complete this application at least one month before the event date to be considered for approval.

If your application is approved, TWS will provide an “Outreach Kit” appropriate for the event and determined by the Outreach Coordinator (merchandise sales not included). TWS does not provide funding for booth fees, but we are happy to provide an In-Kind donation receipt to anyone willing to pay related fees on behalf of TWS. (Thank you in advance!)

These outreach opportunities are to be fully managed by a single point person. Responsibilities include: all communication with Outreach Coordinator, pick up/drop off of supplies (Sandstone or Minneapolis, MN locations available), proper documentation (receipts) for any donations accepted, and any other event specific duties.

To be considered for approval, please complete this application at least one month before the event date.

Thank you for helping to share our mission to “Provide a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need, and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis.”

Specialty Volunteer Opportunities

Skilled volunteers are needed for on-going and project-based needs. Check back here often! We update this page with new opportunities as our business needs demand.

If you have a special skill that would help our operations, please feel free to send an email and your resume to [email protected]

For those who are interested in making an investment of their time and talent, please consider the following volunteer opportunities, too:

Marketing Enrichment Lead

Help make tiger toys! This volunteer position is responsible for creating “marketing” enrichment for the cats. Marketing enrichment includes fun, bright-colored decorated boxes, signs, or other cardboard sculpture.

The volunteer is responsible for gathering TWS-approved supplies, creating and delivering the enrichment item according to a predetermined schedule. Marketing enrichment items will celebrate holidays, promote fundraiser, and enrich the lives of the wild cat residents of TWS!

Graphic Design

Self-motivated, deadline sensitive volunteer graphic designer wanted! Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Marketing team, you will help design graphics that are brand-aligned and delivered in layered files.

This is a Volunteer-from-home opportunity for the right person. Full description and link to application will be posted here when it becomes available.

Carpentry

Seeking skilled carpenters to build large-scale perch systems and catwalks for our wildcat residents. The ability to follow building plans, use power tools, and follow all safety protocol is imperative.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports the work of The Wildcat Sanctuary and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. We aim to expand our Board and are looking for business professionals and expertise to help guide and grow our organization.

Being a board member is a rewarding commitment that benefits captive wild cats in Minnesota and beyond.  You can learn more here.

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