Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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There are several ways that you can become a Carolina Tiger Rescue Volunteer. If you are interested in joining Carolina Tiger's Volunteer family, see details below.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Carolina Tiger Rescue has several volunteer roles available for individuals. We have positions available in Animal Care, Tours, Office, Construction, Special Events, and more.

We rely heavily on capable and dependable volunteers to help us maintain the facility and care for our resident animals; therefore we require that all individual volunteers commit to at least 12 consecutive months of service.

All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, with some positions requiring a minimum age of 18. Job descriptions are available below for current position availabilities. Please thoroughly review the Job Description for the position(s) you are interested in applying for before submitting your application. These descriptions will answer many of your questions regarding age requirements, monthly time commitments, and job details.

If you are looking to become a short-term, Community Service volunteer, we do offer opportunities working with our Site Manager on various construction, grounds-keeping, and maintenance projects.

Due to the dangerous nature of the animals under our care, and the amount of training involved with each of our volunteer positions, we are not able to accommodate any other short-term opportunities for individuals.

Group Volunteers and Alternate Spring Break Opportunities

Whether you have a group of coworkers, family, or friends, we offer group volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Our Workgroup volunteers fulfil a critical role and assist with a variety of different projects. They work directly with our Site Manager and help us build new enclosures, assist in grounds-keeping activities, and help us keep up with general maintenance projects throughout the compound. If you are interested in scheduling a workgroup, please fill out the Workgroup Application below and submit it to our Volunteer Coordinator.

All Workgroup participants must be at least 16 years old. Any participant under the age of 18 must bring in a completed and signed Minor Release form with them. Without this form signed by a legal parent/guardian, minors will not be able to participate in workgroup activities.

How to Become a Volunteer

To apply to become an individual volunteer, please download and submit your completed application electronically or hardcopy by mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We will send you an email notification when your application has been received. Due to the number of applications submitted, and the high demand for certain volunteer roles, we may not be able to immediately offer every applicant a position. We hold all applications on file for up to 6 months, and will notify you if a position opens up that matches your interest and availability. If you do not hear from us after 6 months, please reapply.

Volunteer Orientations are conducted every other month, and are offered by invitation only. When an Orientation date is approaching, we will schedule phone interviews with each applicant we have roles available for. After all phone interviews are completed, orientation invites will be sent out to those that are accepted into the program.

2016 Orientation Dates and Deadlines

Volunteer Orientations are held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month (with the exception of holiday weekends) from 2PM-5PM. 2016 Orientation dates are as follows:

January Orientations:

  • Friday the 8th
  • Saturday the 9th

February Orientations:

  • Friday the 5th
  • Saturday the 6th

March Orientations:

  • Friday the 4th
  • Saturday the 5th

April Orientations:

  • Friday the 8th
  • Saturday the 9th

May Orientation:

  • Friday the 6th
  • Saturday the 7th

June Orientations:

  • Friday the 3rd
  • Saturday the 4th

July Orientations:

  • Friday the 8th
  • Saturday the 9th

August Orientations:

  • Friday the 5th
  • Saturday the 6th

September Orientations:

  • Friday the 2nd
  • Saturday the 3rd

October Orientations:

  • Friday the 7th
  • Saturday the 8th

November Orientations:

  • Friday the 4th
  • Saturday the 5th

December Orientations:

  • Friday the 2nd
  • Saturday the 3rd

All Orientation dates are subject to change.

There is a $20, non-refundable, fee due at the time of orientation. This fee covers your training materials, volunteer nametag, and uniform t-shirt.

Applications and Documents to download