Animal Caretaker and Assistant

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Coordinator | Patrick
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Volunteer abroad and explore the beautiful state of Arizona while helping a wildlife rescue & Rehabilitation center for an experience of a lifetime! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Old Wild west, Grand Canyon, first nations communities, Phoenix, deserts are a few of the things that directly comes to mind when imagining Arizona! Volunteer abroad now and explore this beautiful state while helping a wildlife rescue & Rehabilitation Centre for an experience you will never forget!

Always wanted to travel to USA view the remains of the old Wild West? Why not combine it with the amazing opportunity to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife? This center takes of birds, reptile and mammals which are in need for help all year round! Travel now to the beautiful state of Arizona in the USA to participate in this great volunteer opportunity!  The work with the wildlife on the Centre is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! This project is for mature volunteers who can be independent and who have a love of all animals and especially birds. The minimum and maximum duration of stay is 8 weeks. This gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you, and it requires a little time to learn their routine.

Typical day

The project has a few paid staff and many volunteers who are involved in every aspect of husbandry and care.  Trained volunteers (assist with clinic care, but all volunteers are involved in assisting with medical procedures, as well as cleaning and feeding of the birds in the clinic.  Volunteers are also responsible for the cleaning and feeding of the resident birds and other animals, starting with ‘rounds’ at the beginning of every shift to make sure each bird is safe, looks healthy, is perched in its usual places for that time of the day, has eaten, has clean bathing water, etc.  Getting to know the birds and their habits quickly is essential.  Learning how to ‘be’ in the cages with the birds, reading their body language, understanding their individual personalities, histories, needs is also important – and very rewarding.  Volunteers are also involved in maintaining the facility, inside and out, greeting visitors, helping to staff off-site booths, or assisting at on-site events.  Some of your main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Feed and care for different kind of animals including birds, reptiles and in some cases Mammals
  • Build and maintain animal enclosures
  • Assist with capture and release
  • Educate the public

Free-time activities

On days off volunteer have the opportunity to go wildlife viewing, sightseeing, hiking and so much more. It is important to keep in mind that any activity outside of the project/leisure time activities will be at the volunteers' own expense.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability Form.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 20:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

  • Airport Pick up & Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Mail-holding service
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

You will arrive in the beautiful state of Arizona where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your homestay accommodation near the project.


You will live with a local family nearby the project. You will have a private bedroom with linen and towels, (please make sure that your room is cleaned before you leave, for the next volunteer) together with a shared bathroom with shower and a laundry room. You are responsible to clean and tidy your own room, shower and toilet (meals not included).

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner Included (there’s also possible catering available for vegetarians)

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Phoenix. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This project has no specific start dates. Spots are available year-round however, try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement. We would recommend starting the project on any Monday as well!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$370 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Caretaker and Assistant

Volunteer abroad and explore the beautiful state of Arizona while helping a wildlife rescue & Rehabilitation center for an experience of a lifetime!


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