Internship and Volunteering

EWRC is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

At EWRC it’s all about the animals. Permanent staff work regular jobs in addition to caring for animals in rehab and operating programs at the Center. Thus, each and every dedicated volunteer makes a big difference at EWRC, whether it’s an hour here and there or entire days spent helping out. EWRC depends on reliable, trustworthy, caring individuals to do the work that benefits the people and the native wildlife of Colorado. EWRC volunteers are also Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) volunteers.

Become an EWRC Volunteer or Intern

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

If you want to become an EWRC volunteer, you must first complete the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s volunteer application (be sure to go to “Wildlife” part) and attachments. Go online to CPW’s Volunteer page and register as a Wildlife Volunteer. (Our projects are pre-approved by the CPW.) Please complete the CPW application online and contact EWRC’s director Donna Ralph by email when you have completed the application.

Volunteers must attend training sessions at EWRC and CPW.

Potential 2014 interns: Since we receive more requests for internships than we can provide, it’s important that you complete the application process as soon as possible. Please contact Donna Ralph right away, get your paperwork completed and sent to Donna ASAP. You need to attend the CPW orientation on March 28 and transport meeting on April 1. Contact Donna by email for the details.  Even if your internship will be summer and/or fall, you need to attend the CPW orientation on March 28.

Volunteer and baby birds

Expectations for volunteers:

  • Animal-handling at EWRC: there is very minimal hands-on opportunity at EWRC. The animals that come to EWRC are WILD and will be returned to the wild. We strive to maintain a quiet and stress-free environment, and require volunteers to respect the animals by not handling animals unless specifically requested to do so by an EWRC rehabilitator. Minimal handling and exposure to humans is necessary to ensure success upon release back to the wild.
  • Reliability: the animals in our care rely on you and so do we. We can be flexible when it comes to scheduling and are happy to accommodate special requests and schedule changes. If you are scheduled for a day/time/project and cannot make it, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can make other arrangements.
  • Guests and visitors: please do not bring friends/kids/family members when volunteering.
  • Professionalism: volunteers represent EWRC and the CPW. Volunteers are expected to interact with the rehabbers, each other, and the public with professionalism and courtesy at all times.

Volunteer Assignments:

  • Feeding/watering/husbandry. This is not busywork! This is vital day-to-day work that must be completed. Under the direction of a licensed rehabber, cleaning and filling water dishes, sometimes food prep and feeding. Cleaning is not a favorite chore but is absolutely a priority and is done before any other chores. We need volunteers who will commit to at least one day (an hour or two) per week to help with this work.
  • Cage cleaning. Sometimes this is done on a rotating basis; sometimes it can be several cages a day, depending on circumstances. This work can take anywhere from an hour to four or five hours.
  • Transport. Volunteer may be asked to pick up an animal from veterinarian or citizen and bring to EWRC. CPW transport and raptor handling training required.
  • Telephone triage. Volunteer will answer the phone at EWRC and appropriately triage calls. Sometimes volunteers will retrieve EWRC messages and triage the calls from their own phone. This work is done daily, and messages retrieved every hour or so during our busy season.
  • Intake triage. Volunteer will meet and greet visitors bringing wildlife to triage and ensure the intake paperwork is properly completed and documented.
  • Baby bird NICU. Volunteer will feed and clean baby birds as trained by licensed rehabber. Volunteers needed daily, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Please let me know what days and what hours you are available.
  • Maintaining/Landscaping the “Friends of Wildlife Garden“. Volunteer weeds, waters, and maintains the Friends garden.
  • Outreach and education. Volunteer assists with conducting education programs.
  • Fundraising. Volunteer assists with fundraising events such as donation drives, yard sales, bake sales, etc.
  • Events. Volunteer sets up and distributes printed information from EWRC table at events
  • Computer. Volunteer will create educational material for web site.
  • Projects. Volunteer assists with cage building and other projects to be announced.

Please note, if you are already a CPW (Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife) volunteer and you have taken their training: the quickest way for us to request help (usually transport) is by email. It’s been working GREAT for the last year or so. If you’d like to be on this email list, please email me at

Thank you for helping wildlife. Each of us helping when we can makes a HUGE difference to the animals and the people who care about them.

Volunteer Waiver of Liability

When you volunteer for EWRC, you will be asked to sign a waiver of liability that states as follows”

“I hereby affirm that the information provided on my Volunteer Application is true and complete to be best of my knowledge. I authorize persons and organizations named in this application to provide any relevant information that may be requested. I also agree that falsified information of significant omissions may disqualify me from further consideration and may be considered justification for termination and/or revocation of program if discovered at a later date.

“This Release and Waiver of Liability (“Release”) is executed by the undersigned individual (“Volunteer”) in favor of Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a Colorado nonprofit corporation, and its trustees, directors, officers, employees, and agents (collectively, “EWRC”).

“In consideration of Volunteer being permitted to volunteer and perform functions in association with this program, the undersigned Volunteer for himself/herself, his/her spouse, legal representatives, heirs and assigns, hereby forever unconditionally releases, waives, indemnifies, and discharges EWRC, and agrees to hold EWRC and its successors and assigns harmless from all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, whether at law or in equity, whether caused by the negligence of EWRC, by reason of any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, and loss or damage of property that arises out of or may hereafter arise out of events or activities, or in the performance of all volunteer functions.”

“Volunteer agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of Colorado and that if any portion of this Release is held unenforceable, the balance shall, not withstanding, continue in full force and effect. Volunteer further understands and agrees that EWRC does not assume any responsibility for or any obligation to provide financial assistance of any kind or nature, including but not limited to medical, health, vision or dental, or disability insurance in the event of an injury or illness to Volunteer.

“I have read this Release and Waiver of Liability, and fully understand its terms, understand that I will give up substantial rights by signing it, and have signed it freely and voluntarily without any inducement, assurance of guarantee being to me and intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability.”