Volunteering at the Center and Day to Day Work

Introduction into daily work at the center- what it is, what to expect, what to wear-

Volunteering at ORC is hard work but it is very rewarding. Know that all the time and work you put in, goes directly toward helping birds of prey return to the wild. We know a lot of it is not glamorous but every task is important. Volunteering at the center consists of Animal Care shifts during the week as well and on the weekends. Weekends are also times to get special projects done because we usually have more help on those days. AM shifts are 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and dependent on the number of patients PM shifts will be added. Please arrive on time for your shift. 

*When you come to the center to volunteer you should wear close toed shoes, work clothes, a water bottle and a snack or lunch. Masks, gloves and other safety wear will be provided to you. If you have long hair, please wear it up.

Daily Task List-

This list includes tasks that must be done everyday, as well as tasks to fill time if you are not immediately able to be tasked by a supervisor.



-Clean all racks

-Pick up newspaper and sweep entire hospital- including under cage systems, and prep table.

-Sweep hospital

-Take perches outside and spray/scrub- leave to dry and bring dry ones inside

-Wipe down surfaces

-Take the trash out

-Stack gloves neatly

-Make sure any cat carriers on the ground have clean newspaper, and tee shirt. Place on top of caging systems when clean.

-Take out laundry and separate- when starting a load the washing machines must be started at least a half hour apart to prevent overloading the water line. Please read laundry instructions on the washer. It's important to separate fleece softies from t-shirts and towels. Shake out all pieces of laundry before putting them in the machine. Use the instructed amount of detergent and bleach. Using too much detergent will damage the washing machine. Other washing machine instructions are posted in the laundry room.

-Organize newspapers

-Tidy towels/softies/opossum hammocks and pouches

-Deep clean/scrub sinks

 Med Room-

-Wipe down surfaces


-Do dishes and put away dry ones in corresponding bins and drawers

-Empty the trash if it is full

 Kitchen and main room-

-Clean fridges- instructions are posted

-Wipe down all surfaces

-Clean and dirty dishes

-Put away dry dishes

-Put away dry ziplocs

-Take out trash at end of the day

-Sweep main room- under tables and in corners

-Clean bathroom- wipe down all surfaces, sweep, clean toilet, empty trash if necessary

-Wipe down staff/volunteer fridge

-Dust/wipe down book shelf

-Wipe down break tables

-Refill cleaning solution bottles- 1 to 10 ratio Simple Green to water, or pure vinegar

-Tidy cubby area- stack gloves, tidy tools- sort what should be there and what shouldn’t


*To clean water containers- empty, spray out and scrub with a few sprays of vinegar


-Check the rat room for food, water and air. Instructions posted inside the room

-Breezeway mews and enclosures- pick up left over food and dishes, change dirty water

-Opossum Care: Replace soiled paper with dry newspaper and weigh down with rocks (if in one of the outside cages), remove dirty dishes. When you remove dirty dishes, please dispose of any left over food in the trash and clean all dishes. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Clean litter box- you can dispose of waste in outside trash can. More litter is located in the area outside the side door. Check water bowl or bottle and replace kibble. 

-Take down dry laundry, fold and put in correct area of the hospital

-Tidy buckets and rakes

-Tidy milk crates

 Cliffs and Flights-

-Pick up leftover food and dishes

-If there are excessive amounts of pellets, those can be picked up too as needed

-Change dirty water- excessive dirt or water

-Check live tanks for leftover live rodents- report back how many are left to supervisor

-Tidy up any water bins, gloves, carriers, and nets

-Coil all hoses and make sure they are turned off

 Education Mews-

-Rake excrement into substrate (Sand or dirt-not large rocks or pea gravel mews)

-Change dirty water- excessive dirt or excrement

-Pick up all left over food- check corners and all perching/hackboards

*Weeding, landscape and structure upkeep will also be ongoing tasks.

*Feather policy: Possession of native and/or migratory birds or their parts (feathers, eggs, nests, physical artifacts like wings or talons) without a permit is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16U.S.C 703-712. Because we are permitted, we have education biofacts like wings, talons, and stuffed birds at the center. If you find a feather you must put it into the feather collection bag. Theft of feathers or other artifacts jeopardizes the state and federal permits that allow ORC to operate. Theft of feathers will immediately lead to termination of volunteer status. 

Hospital rack cleaning:

To clean the inside hospital racks-

-Remove soft materials and put in laundry basket

-Put dirty perches in milk crates

-Newspaper and all leftover food can go in trash. *Leftover food should be noted on paperwork with date.

-Interior and doors should be sprayed down and scrubbed clean and then layered with newspapers, taking care to cover sides and corners.






Thank you Volunteers!