Volunteering for the IEAS can be a very unique opportunity for individuals both helping onsite at the facility as well as virtually. We require all volunteers to commit to at least eight hours of volunteer work per month for at least a one year; the average tenure of volunteers on our current roster is three years. Onsite work is real work; regardless of whatever temperature the weather chooses to throw at us. You name it IEAS volunteers do it; from washing the animals dishes, to cleaning their enclosures, to mowing, raking, painting, giving tours and helping out with the daily feeding routine. Onsite responsibilities are commensurate with the volunteers overall experience and/or commitment. Onsite volunteers are able to help out seven days a week between the hours of 7am and 3pm. Volunteers also take part in the Emotional Enrichment Program at IEAS.
Virtual or offsite volunteers help the IEAS out in many ways; our website is currently managed by a volunteer in Tennessee; we have a volunteer in New Jersey helping out with in-kind photography matting and framing services. Grant proposals, fund-raising, and writing for both internal training documents as well as our external newsletters can be perfect opportunities for virtual volunteers. Approximately one out of twelve applications for volunteer opportunities at the IEAS are accepted; but there is not one active IEAS volunteer who would ever want to trade the experience and opportunity that the IEAS has given them.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding the Volunteer Program!
All volunteers are required to submit a completed application prior to being interviewed.
IEAS volunteers sign in HERE to log your hours and sign up for activities!