Wheels for Wildlife Ground Transport Team

Wheels for Wildlife Ground Transport Team

We receive sick and injured animals from throughout the state and are looking for individuals on all islands to assist with wildlife rescue missions by joining our volunteer ground transport team.

HWC is located on Hawai‘i Island. When we receive a call about a sick or injured animal we put the call out to our rescue team to see who is available to transport the animal to the HWC, the airport, or to a veterinary partner.

Whether you accept the mission is completely dependent on your availability and location. Animal handling experience is helpful, but not necessary as the bird will be contained inside a carrier.

Wheels for Wildlife Volunteers are asked to assist us in the following ways:

  1. Transport an injured native bird to HWC or to a Rescue Partner

We may ask you to meet up with the person who found the injured bird or have you transport the bird between Rescue Partners. The bird will already be prepped for transport upon pickup.

  1. Airport Pick-up/Drop-off

You may be asked to pick-up or drop-off bird at the airport for inter-island travel. The bird will be in a carrier and you will be given specific airport and flight instructions.

Note: HWC possesses the permits necessary to legally transport native birds. You will be given copies of these permits upon acceptance into the program. We will also provide you with a packet of information and instructions for getting the bird safely to its destination. 

For more information please contact us!

To apply to join the Wheels for Wildlife team, please download and complete the application form (link below) and send it to our wildlife staff, birdhelp@hawaiiwildlifecenter.org. Mahalo! 

W4W Application Form (Word Document)
W4W Application Form (PDF Document)


Are you also a pilot? Consider joining our Wings for Wildlife team too!