Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Carolina Tiger Rescue. Volunteers play a vital role in our organization and perform a number of important jobs. Volunteering with us can be extremely rewarding and a great learning experience.

Below you will find a brief job description of the different individual volunteer opportunities at Carolina Tiger Rescue. The job descriptions will give you more insight into specific duties, age requirements, and the minimum time requirements.

Volunteer of the Month

Heather joined the volunteer team in February 2018 and has been a whirlwind of dedication and eagerness to help since. While her primary volunteer role is leading tours, there’s not a single volunteer opportunity we offer that Heather hasn’t helped with. She’s helped with diet prep for the animals, worked with our Site team to irradicate pesky fire ants along our tour path, helped with all things gift shop, been a summer-long camp counselor, and represented the Sanctuary at more offsite presentations and festivities than we can count! She may tell you that her favorite role though is that of Adoptive Parent. She symbolically adopted one of our legacy cats, a beautiful ocelot named Magoo, and now adopts our smallest serval, Pixie. 

She has given nearly 1,800 hours of her time to the Sanctuary and is in no hurry to slow down. She’s a natural-born educator and it shows in every tour she gives and each conversation she has about the animals she cares so much about. Everyone learns something on her tours! If you’re lucky enough to have her as your tour guide, please help us thank her for everything she does! 

Heather, you’re awesome and we couldn’t be more grateful for all that you do! Thank you!

– Maryssa
Volunteer Coordinator

Animal Care 

Weekend spots are currently full. Only Monday – Friday shifts are available at this time. Please check back for future updates.
Animal Care Volunteers assist with daily animal care tasks such as feeding, changing waters, and cleaning enclosures. They also help with routine maintenance in the sanctuary and provide enrichment activities designed to increase the animal’s behavioral choices and draw out their natural behavior and tendencies.

* Twelve-month commitment required.*
*Ages 18+ Only*

Tour Guide

Tour Guide Volunteers conduct educational tours of our animal sanctuary and facilitate community presentations for groups of all ages. They provide guests with information about our history, conservation goals, positions and values, as well as the biology and background of the animals that call our facility home.

*Twelve-month commitment required.*
*Ages 18+ Only*

Seasonal Animal Care – Perfect for Students!

Weekend spots are currently full. Only Monday – Friday shifts are available at this time. Please check back for future updates.
Seasonal Animal Care Volunteers perform the same tasks as our non-seasonal volunteers and join our team with the understanding that they will only be here for 6 months and may not get trained on higher-level responsibilities. All Seasonal Animal Care Volunteers have the option of remaining with Carolina Tiger after their initial 6-month commitment is over. Age requirement and monthly commitment remain the same as the non-seasonal Animal Care position listed above.

Gift Shop

This role is currently full and we are not recruiting new Gift Shop volunteers at this time.

Please check back for future updates.


Construction Volunteers assist with a variety of construction, maintenance, and groundskeeping tasks such as yard work, building new enclosures, dismantling old structures, mixing and pouring concrete, and vehicle maintenance.  Construction Volunteers also aid in supervising youth and adult volunteer groups from local schools, clubs, and businesses.

*Ages 18+ Only*

If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, please click below to email our volunteer coordinator, Maryssa Hill.

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Orientations take place monthly, and dates are subject to change due to holidays and other onsite events.

Attendance is by invitation only.

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

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

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.