Wolf Timbers is always
looking for interested and motivated people to serve as volunteers.
Without volunteers, Wolf Timbers would cease to operate. As the
functional unit of Wolf Timbers, volunteers are asked to serve in
many capacities and perform a wide range of duties. At the present
time, Wolf Timbers does not have any paid staff. However, in the
future, we plan on exploring the possibility of having paid staff.
One of the most vital responsibilities that Wolf Timbers requests
is to assist in the continual process of obtaining and exceeding
our mission and vision. Simply put, our mission and vision is to
provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about wolves, while
at the same time providing a safe and secure environment for the
One of the most common
questions asked of the volunteer program is that what will I be
doing? As a volunteer, your responsibilities will vary based on
your expectations and on your level of involvement. As with any
corporation, Wolf Timbers has a set of rules and regulations that
all volunteers are expected to follow. The return that you receive
for volunteering at Wolf Timbers is directly related to the amount
of energy you put into volunteering.
Most people, in considering
volunteering, wish to have contact with the wolves. This is the
main reason that most of our current volunteers donate their time.
New volunteers are introduced to the wolves over a period of months.
Depending on your particular circumstances, this introductory period
may last longer or shorter. This introductory period is frustrating
for some because they fail to realize and understand that wolves
need to feel comfortable with the people around them.
The only way for the
wolves to feel comfortable around a new person is for that person
to spend as much time as possible at Wolf Timbers and to follow
all policies set forth. We have had a few human-wolf relationships
ruined by individuals that fail to follow set policies or fail to
follow directives from the experienced staff. These individuals
do not last long at Wolf Timbers. It must also be stressed that
not everyone that wishes to volunteer at Wolf Timbers will be able
to interact directly with the wolves. We will make every attempt
to allow those that volunteer at Wolf Timbers to interact with the
wolves but we cannot guarantee this. Each individual brings with
them a different set of circumstances.
your introductory period you will have limited contact with the wolves
and be under strict supervision. You will also go through an orientation
program to help you feel comfortable. Our orientation program is designed
to allow you to receive the best possible experience volunteering.
Your duties and amount of responsibility will gradually increase based
on how your relationship with the wolves is progressing. Some of the
duties that you can expect to share during the introductory phase
are assisting the other volunteers in cleaning the enclosure, preparing
food and assisting in educational programs. As you mature through
our volunteer program, you will assist in feeding and observe how
we handle the wolves. You will also participate in the continual socialization
of the wolves. As you progress and demonstrate that you can share
more responsibility, you will have the opportunity to leash walk the
wolves, to provide or assist in medical care, participate in shaping
the behavior of the wolves, to work on research projects and to be
considered a staff volunteer.
Volunteers also participate
in: retrieving road-killed deer, fence construction and maintenance,
security, being on call and office work, to name a few. We will
work with you on your schedule and we also will not require you
to do something that you just cannot do. Many people find handling
road-killed deer difficult; therefore, we will not require you to
do so. We will then use you elsewhere.
Wolf Timbers wants
volunteers that are dedicated and committed to the overall health
and vitality of the corporation. Please make sure that you have
the time to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, complete
our volunteer application and mail to Wolf Timbers. We will contact
you to set up an interview.
You can send us an
e-mail request or snail mail a request for a volunteer application
form to Wolf Timbers Volunteer Program, PO Box 107, Bolivar, OH
44612. You can also print and mail in the following application.
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