Become a Volunteer!

Volunteering at the Schuylkill Center is fun and rewarding. You'll learn new skills and make new friends, all while supporting our mission of connecting people with nature. Whether your passion is nature, wildlife, education, or art; whether you want to work outside or are a whiz with a computer; whether you want to volunteer a few hours a month or once a week, there's a meaningful volunteer opportunity to suit.

Become a volunteer today! Just fill out this application and send it back to our Volunteer Coordinator, Paulina Le( Feel free to contact Kim with any questions either by email or by phone (215-853-6270).

Here's a sampling of volunteer opportunities by program and department.

Wildlife Clinic

The Wildlife Clinic relies heavily on a team of dedicated volunteers to provide care for over 4000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Volunteers can choose from several training courses depending on their area of interest. No previous rehabilitation experience is required, however, volunteers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years old to work in Clinic Support, and 18 years old to work in Animal Care
  • During the busy season, commit to one 4-hour shift per week.
  • Current tetanus vaccination
  • Attend an orientation session and complete required training

Contact Chris Strub at

Land Stewardship & Native Plant Nursery

Work outside on the land, to help us preserve the habitat quality of our woodlands, meadows, ponds, and streams. You can join us for our regular Restoration Volunteer Workdays on the third Saturday morning of each month in the spring, summer, and fall. Tasks include care and maintenance of native plants within our restoration sites, removal of invasive species, maintaining deer fence, and trail upkeep. Remember to dress in layers, wear sturdy boots, and bring bottled water. Water refills and snacks are provided to participants.

Attention gardeners! Our nursery is always looking for new volunteers to help pot plants for our seasonal plant sales. Volunteers are needed during the week from March to September. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other native plant enthusiasts and pick up some gardening tips.

Contact Paulina Le, Volunteer Coordinator, at (215) 853-6270 or

Senior Environment Corps

Senior Environment Corps (SEC) program enlists senior citizens (over age 55) as active stewards of our environment. The Schuylkill Center's SEC meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month to monitor stream health and water quality at local streams in the Schuylkill River watershed. They are also dedicated to environmental education, and regularly volunteer with the annual Philadelphia County Envirothon competition for high school students.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or

Available Volunteer Roles

Clinic Support - The foundation of daily clinic operations, volunteers complete essential tasks such as prepare diets, clean and set-up enclosures, and help maintain a clean and sanitary facility including washing dishes and doing laundry.

Animal Care - Working alongside the rehabilitation staff, volunteers participate in daily hands-on care of animal patients, including feeding, safe capture and restraint, recording daily weight, and monitoring patient progress.

Hotline and Administration - This role is vital to keeping clinic operations running smoothly by helping with intake of wildlife, fielding phone calls from the public, responding to patient status inquiries, and assisting in data entry and record keeping.

Property Maintenance - In conjunction with the Land and Facilities team, volunteers keep the property looking great and functioning well by mowing grass, making small repairs to enclosures, pressure washing, and snow clearing.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or

Development/Administration/Public Relations

If you have writing, administrative, or computer skills, or just a pair of free hands, our administrative offices can use your help. Tasks vary and can include: conducting market research, coordinating and staffing special member and fundraising events, data entry, and assisting with direct mailings.

Please contact Paulina Le, Volunteer Coordinator, at (215) 853-6270 or

Special Events

Like people and parties? Help us out with one of our special events, like our Earth Day festival Naturepalooza!, Halloween Hikes, or our winter festival, Winterfest. Typical activities include working with children to make crafts or lead a hike, encouraging people to become a member of the Schuylkill Center, and assisting with the needs of guests. Volunteers work directly with the Center's staff; snacks and meals are provided during the events.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or

Environmental Art

Our cutting edge environmental art program incites curiosity and sparks awareness of the natural environment through art. If you are a people-person, you could help with opening receptions and other special events. If you're more hands-on, you could work directly with artists to fabricate and install artwork. Or help behind the scenes, with organizing and researching projects in the art office.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or


Reception is a great place for volunteers who like customer service, retail, and talking with people. The receptionist greets visitors, answers questions and completes gift shop sales transactions. We are looking for volunteers with good people skills and experience using a cash register. Familiarity with the trails is a plus.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or

Toad Detour

The Toad Detour works to protect the local toad population of the Schuylkill Center and the surrounding Roxborough, Philadelphia neighborhood as the toads migrate to and from their breeding grounds each spring. When the toads emerge from hibernation in the early spring, hundreds of them cross Port Royal, Hagy's Mill and other nearby roads to mate in the Roxborough Reservoir or the Schuylkill Center's ponds. The Detour's volunteers erect barricades and help divert traffic during busy toad crossing evenings, saving hundreds of toads from being hit by cars. More on Toad Detour here.

Contact Paulina Le at (215) 853-6270 or


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