Volunteer Overview

The Alabama Wildlife Center operates almost entirely through voluntary efforts. Work with compassionate and dedicated like-minded people to keep our mission thriving. One-of-a-kind experiences await you! There are many ways you can get involved.

  • Choose your day(s) and time(s) – we’re open every day of the year (even holidays!)
  • Choose any time commitment – you can pick from a weekly (or more frequent) shift, short-term projects, or occasional “done-in-a-day” opportunities
  • Choose your location – serve at our Pelham facility (in Oak Mountain State Park), out in the community at large, or even in the comfort of your own home

If you have questions or are ready to get started, email us or call (205) 663-7930, ext. 3.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at AWC, volunteer orientations are held monthly from 2-4PM (usually the first Sunday of each month). Please note that the minimum volunteer age is 18 (16 if accompanied by parent).


ANIMAL CARE: Help provide care for injured and orphaned wild birds.

WILDLIFE HELP LINE: Work from home responding to messages from callers needing advice and information on a variety of wildlife problems and concerns.

STATEWIDE TRANSPORT: Relay injured and orphaned raptors to and from AWC. Transport volunteers are on-call as needed (and as available).

AWC TOUR GUIDES & EDUCATION PROGRAM SPEAKERS: Guide visitors on formal education tours of AWC to help them learn about our wild patients and unique rehabilitation methods; make education presentations to schools and civic groups.

GREETER: Welcome visitors and answer questions; assist visitors with the patient admissions process when they deliver animals for care; restock flyers & educational materials; etc.

GARDEN/GROUNDSKEEPING TEAM: Keep our gardens and lawn looking neat, trim, colorful, and attractive.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE TEAM: Keep our facility in tip-top shape by routinely checking and fixing necessary things like washers in faucets, light bulbs, etc.

OFFICE SUPPORT TEAM: Assist with a variety of administrative duties including preparing mailings, filing, data entry and other duties that help us operate smoothly.

SPECIAL EVENT TEAM: We contact you each time we’re planning an event, and if you’re available you’ll simply sign up for the position and shift you want. If you have more time to offer you can also assist with the advance preparation for events.

MISCELLANEOUS SKILLS: Accounting, baking, photography, marketing, graphic design, videography, carpentry, public relations, electrician, sewing, artists, and more.

Have questions? Email us or call (205) 663-7930, ext. 3.

Get in Touch

100 Terrace Drive
Oak Mountain State Park
Pelham, AL 35124

Hours Open Every Day of the Year!

Bird Patient Admission: 11:00AM-4:00PM
Wildlife Help Line: 205-663-7930, Ext. 1
Visitors: 9:00AM-5:00PM (even holidays!)
Business Office: 9:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

About The Wildlife Center

Our Mission
The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility, caring annually for almost 2,000 wild bird patients from more than 100 species. AWC is a nonprofit organization with a dual mission:
  • to provide medical and rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds in order to permit their return to the wild, and
  • to educate people in order to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife.