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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Classes

Want to get started in wildlife rehabilitation or need continuing education credits? We offer a wide range of classes from online to onsite

Become a Member

Join WRI and make a difference in the lives of wildlife. Members are eligible for board and committee positions or can help out at the Center once a month.

The Center

View the progress of the Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center located in Virginia Beach.

Volunteer Opportunities

Want To make a difference helping wildlife? We have many volunteer opportunities for skill levels from administrative to manual labor, from special events to once a month tasks. If you do not see one that fits your needs, let us know and we can create an opportunity.

Questions about Wildlife?

We offer information about local wildlife and initial screenings, as well as rescue and transport tips.

WRI Hotline

Need Wildlife Assistance? Give us a Call at 757-543-7000


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Wildlife Response, Inc. is a distinctive 501c3 volunteer organization devoted solely to the care of orphaned, injured, and displaced native wildlife. We are dedicated to increasing awareness of wildlife rehabilitation to the public. Our organization depends primarily upon the private donations for its programs and services.  

The Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center will be a centrally located facility where citizens, animal control officers and other agencies can drop off wildlife. In addition, the Center will provide a redistribution center for animals to be triaged, and then sent to permitted-based wildlife rehabilitators for care. The Center is expected to open in 2018.


Volunteer Services Coordinator

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For Minumum age 18
Date Ongoing





The Volunteer Services Coordinator (VSC) will work in cooperation with the Director of Membership & Volunteer Services and other members of our leadership team to determine the volunteer needs of the organization.

He/she will create and execute a plan to recruit, train, and support volunteers. The VSC will work under the direction of the Director of Membership & Volunteer Services to develop and maintain a strong volunteer program.

Specific responsibilities of both positions include:

-Insuring that all volunteers are approved for our various programs
-Screening, interviewing, and reference checking all volunteers
-Maintaining files on all volunteers
-Ensuring that volunteers are assigned to positions that are alligned with their skills and interests
-Creating and maintaining training plans
-Coordinating trainings with other committees
-Ensuring that appropriate training is undertaken and recorded
-Implementing volunteer performance evaluations
-Creating and implementing a volunteer recognition program



The ideal candidates should be an enthusiastic team player able to work effectively with both leadership and volunteers.

Candidates should have: 
- Strong leadership ability
- Ability to plan and manage work with minimum direction 
- Verbal communication skills
- Excellent organizational and planning skills 
- Strong sense of personal integrity 
- Sincere desire to help the community and the wildlife around us Time Commitment: At least four hours per week to dedicate to fulfilling leadership duties. At least six months commitment to the organization

Rescue & Transport Services Volunteer

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For Anyone 18 years and up, 55+, Groups (any size)
Date Ongoing

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Our Rescue & Transprt Services Committee (RRTS) is looking for individuals able to provide transport to and from various locations to our permitted wildlife rehabilitators and rescue volunteers to collect wildlife from situations where wildlife is in need of immediate help.

RRTS volunteers are most needed during spring and summer months, during and after natural disasters, and as needed during the winter.

Training in the capture, handling, and transportation of all species of Virginia native wildlife will be provided.

This is On-call duty. Volunteers will be available for emergency pick-ups and/or rescues as needed.



Qualified Individuals must:: * Have valid drivers license * Have reliabletransportation * Have automobile and health insurance * Have a flexible schedule when "on call" * Be able to navigate the Hampton Roads area using maps, gps, or internet assisted directions * Be abile to work independently and self-schedule

Individuals Should:: have cell phone or other means of being immediately available, have up to date Tetnus Vaccine, and be willing to obtain a VDGIF Category 4 permit.


Member Services Coordinator

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For Minimum age 18
Date Ongoing


The Membership Services Coordinator(MSC) will collaborate with the Director of Membership and Volunteer Services (DMVS) to set membership goals, objectives, and plans to recruit new members, retain current members, determine member benefits, and develop an effective Membership Committee. Other duties will include administrative tasks, and assisting other leadership members as needed

Skills & Requirements

Computer skills: Microsoft Access*, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher*, Microsoft Outlook* Microsoft Word (*recommended but not required)

-Strong organizational skills
-Experience in relationship-building
-Good oral and written communication skills
-Valid driver’s license (VA license will be required)

Associate level college degree or equivalent experience

Rescue & Transport Services - Tree Climber

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For Minimum age 18
Date Ongoing


During the spring and summer months, Wildlife Response reunites hundreds of baby wild animals with their parents.

Animals are triaged, their homes and parents found, they are reunited, and then monitored to make sure that they are being cared for after replacement.

Experienced Tree Climbers are needed to help replace wildlife (primarily birds of prey) in hard to reach nests. Most work is done in 60-120' tall Pine Trees, occasionally in windy situations. Work primarily done in late winter to late spring.


Professional Skills: Experience with tree climbing and own climbing equipment mandatory. Must have own equipment, including methods that do not use tree spikes. Training will be provided for wildlife handling.

Hotline Services Volunteer

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For 55+, Groups (any size)
Date Ongoing

Wildlife Response's most important program is our 24/7 Hotline. This hotline is responsible for providing the public with a source of information and contact with licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators. Nearly 11,000 calls a year come through this service, with the majority of calls coming into the system from the spring to fall. While most of the calls come from the Hampton Roads area, we do receive calls from other areas of Virginia as well as other localities across the United States.

Volunteers will receive comprehensive training and Hotline Manual, and a monitor a 5 hour shift. You will be answering questions about animals and the environment, and directing individuals with injured/orphaned wildlife to local Wildlife Rehabilitators.

Shifts are: 8am - 1pm, 1pm - 6pm, 6pm - 11pm.


Communication Skills: Knowledge of wildlife helpful, but not required as we provide training. Good telephone etiquette essential.


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