Julie Willmot (609) 278-7137
Wildlife Center: Jane Rakos-Yates (609) 303-0552

- Mercer County Wildlife Center, which accepted and treated 2,300 birds, mammals and reptiles in 2013, is holding orientations for new volunteers at the facility in Hopewell Township.

“This facility is one-of-a-kind both in terms of quality of care provided by the staff, including seven 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, a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission, has scheduled its 2014 volunteer orientations. Volunteers are required to attend one of the two orientation sessions: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 22, OR 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 23, at the center. Pre-registration is required to attend an orientation. Volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift, once per week, from April until September. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have had a current tetanus vaccine. No other orientations will be offered this year. Volunteer duties are varied and include cage cleaning, diet preparation, laundry, and many other behind-the-scenes opportunities.

The Mercer County Wildlife Center is located on Route 29, approximately three miles south of Lambertville and 12 miles north of Trenton. To register for an orientation, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jane Rakos-Yates at or call (609) 303-0552, ext. 103.