MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137
Wildlife Center: Jane Rakos-Yates (609) 883-6606 x103

TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Wildlife Center, which accepted and treated 2,100 birds, mammals and reptiles in 2011, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to assist with phone calls, customer service and other light clerical duties at the Hopewell Township facility.

The Center is staffed 365 days a year by one full-time licensed wildlife rehabilitator and two full-time assistants and receives more than 12,000 phone calls annually. The Center’s staff and volunteers care for native wildlife that are injured, ill or displaced, and provide medical treatment and a temporary refuge to prepare the animals for release into an appropriate, wild habitat. The Center is in need of individuals willing to commit to 3- to 4-hour shifts. Shifts are available on weekdays and weekends. This position would not involve work with wildlife.

“This facility is one-of-a-kind both in terms of quality of care provided by the staff, including five volunteer veterinarians, and the high volume of animals that are treated,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “And the many volunteers who assist our Wildlife Center are indispensable. I urge anyone who might be interested to volunteer.”

The Mercer County Wildlife Center is located on Route 29, approximately 3 miles south of Lambertville and 12 miles north of Trenton. Anyone interested in registering for either orientation session or needing more information can call Volunteer Coordinator Jane Rakos-Yates at (609) 883-6606 x103.