There are many different ways for you to get involved and support National Tiger Sanctuary through volunteerism! Regardless of the path you choose, volunteering to help big cats will be one of the most rewarding things you have ever experienced! Although our work is very enjoyable, it can also be tough! We work in all weather conditions and temperatures, do manual labor, and work long hours – all for the goal of making the world a better place for animals! From guiding tours to cleaning habitats or even bathrooms, every task plays an important role in running the sanctuary and ultimately take care of the animals. In light of that, we offer three different levels of commitment (interns, docents and volunteers), and we encourage you to explore them all to find the program that will work best for you.
National Tiger Sanctuary offers internships to students seeking to gain real-life work experience in animal care. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, public education, sanctuary management, and much more! We offer limited intern positions to ensure each student has a valuable learning experience and receives the one-on-one training opportunities necessary to develop into a young professional in the field.
Our internship program requires a full-time, 6-month commitment, and all students reside in NTS housing. Part-time programs with off-site housing can be arranged and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Internship students should be prepared to work 5-6 days per week and 8-10 hours per day. Interns must be available to report to work at all hours in the case of an emergency. To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and completed application via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Docents are volunteers that can make a regular commitment to work at National Tiger Sanctuary a minimum of 16 hours per month. Docents participate in ticket sales, gift shop operations, public education, special events, office work, enrichment preparation, gardening, grounds maintenance, habitat construction, and /or various other projects depending on your skills and interest. Most docent volunteer times will need to be completed during normal business hours. (Wednesday-Sunday 9am-6pm.)
Volunteers can set-up opportunities to help the sanctuary as an individual or as a group. Volunteers participate in gardening, office work, enrichment preparation, grounds and habitat maintenance, painting, construction, and/or various projects