If you'd like to give us a hand, check out the categories below to see what kind of help we need, and then fill out the volunteer application!
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Children younger than 18 may volunteer for Class A only when a parent or legal guardian is present and a release of liability is signed. Children under 18 cannot volunteer for Class C: Triage.
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Class A: Facilities- Occasionally we will have a work day at our facility or a project we need assistance with. Jobs could include cleaning out pens, feeding turtles, building/maintaining structures, etc.
Class B: Clerical - Office-type jobs like sending out mass letters or packages, applying for grants, editing our website, or fundraising.
Class C: Triage - These are the volunteers who can take in a turtle for us and provide immediate first aid, and perhaps house the turtle for a few days until it can get to us. Much like the Transporters, these volunteers can mean the difference between life and death for an injured or sick turtle. Triage volunteers that aren't already familiar with turtle first aid will need training that we will provide. A detailed manual will also be provided. You must be able to come to our facility in Florence, MS to receive the training. On-site training lasts only a few hours.
Class D: Social Media - These are volunteers who help administer, edit, or contribute to our social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram (future), Twitter (future), etc.
If you are interested in volunteering for Classes A through D, please fill out our Volunteer Application by clicking the button below.
Class F: Transporters - these are the folks that help get injured turtles to us. We're located in the Jackson area. Unfortunately, turtles are injured all around the state. Our Rescue is run by myself and my husband, and we both also work full-time. So, it can be difficult for us to personally reach every turtle that needs our help. Transporters are probably the most important volunteers we have. Untold numbers of turtles would die without the help of these generous people who give of their time to help a turtle in need.
NO APPLICATION is needed for Transport Volunteers. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you'd like to help transport. OR, watch our Facebook page. When a need for transport arises, we'll post it there. Anyone who is able, is welcome to help transport.
Fosters - These are the volunteers who can take one or more turtles and assist with rehabilitation until that turtle can be released or rehomed. Fosters are responsible for providing housing, enclosures, lights, etc. We will provide food and vet care. (If you are interested in fostering, you will also need to fill out a foster application.) Prior turtle ownership is a plus, but we can provide "on the job training" for those with no prior experience with turtles. Fosters of native Mississippi species must either be included as sub-permittees on our Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit or hold one of the following Mississippi hunting licenses: Resident Sportsman's License, Resident All Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, Small Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Non-Resident All Game Hunting License.
We offer two types of Foster opportunities: In-Home Fostering and the Hatchling Turtle Foster Program for Educators. You can learn more about these two opportunities by clicking the green Foster button below.