VOLUNTEER

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

If you feel a desire to become part of something awe-inspiring and bigger than yourself, think about joining our team of talented and dedicated volunteers. Their desire to preserve and protect animals in peril is expressed through their gifts of time and energy. They give back to the community and offer future generations a chance to be inspired by these rare and magnificent animals.

Without the volunteers at Fossil Rim, we could not accomplish the tasks set before us. With a large expanded territory, our facility attracts people from all over the world.
Fossil Rim volunteers and docents receive many fringe benefits including spectacular scenery, animal encounters, discounts, free access to the wildlife center and the opportunity to work alongside great people!

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WHAT CAN VOLUNTEERS DO?

At Fossil Rim, volunteers are not locked into one job. They can volunteer in multiple areas and receive all necessary training. Volunteers act as ambassadors for our organization. They are knowledgeable of Fossil Rim’s history and its animal inhabitants.

TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Gardening volunteers assist with the cultivation and maintenance of a diverse collection of flowers and shrubs.
Camps and family programs volunteers assist participants or instructors. They can also learn to present programs.
Our tour guides are volunteers that give tours of our 7.2-mile Gosdin Scenic Drive.
Being a Children’s Animal Center volunteer is a hands-on experience. Volunteers assist with animal care and encourage interaction between children and the animals.
Special event volunteers assist with large public events such as spring break or annual fundraisers.
Nature Store and Overlook Café volunteers help the staff maintain these retail areas as interesting and inviting places to shop. Volunteers assist in customer service, merchandise display and organization.

Outreach volunteers give community presentations about the virtues of volunteering and what our organization has to offer the public. They work with high school and college groups on volunteer projects.
Docents provide an educational experience to our visitors and are trained volunteers with a vast knowledge of animal behavior and habitats, as well as our history of the last 30-plus years. They use this understanding of Fossil Rim’s history and animals to support not only our tours department by giving tours, but also our education department, where their knowledge enhances the educational programs and camps that we offer. They have contributed, and continue to contribute, an impressive amount of volunteer hours.
Fossil Rim provides a unique chance to experience Africa without actually leaving the U.S. The animals live in a safe environment where they roam free. To be part of this experience is truly unforgettable.

Become a Fossil Rim volunteer today! Inquire by calling (254) 897.2960. We will contact you regarding an onsite visit.

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

Just a few of the many benefits of becoming a Fossil Rim volunteer include:

* Meeting people
* Educational experience
* Dedicated conservation efforts
* International initiatives
* Youth education
* Tour programs

 

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Volunteers at Fossil Rim are crucial to our organization and receive extensive instruction. Many of our prized volunteers train in order to give tours of our facilities, assist at camp or help with educational programs.

Others assist in our Children’s Animal Center, while some do office work or contribute to special events. Anyone who just wants to paint or build can also partake in an enjoyable experience while making a difference for wildlife.

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REQUIREMENTS

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old (younger individuals can join our junior docents program). All volunteers must attend a training program, contribute at least 50 hours of service per year and attend at least three of the six annual meetings.