Get Involved with POW
Protect Our Wildlife is an all volunteer-run wildlife protection organization. Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends who share similar values and talents, and above all, to help animals. Our volunteers contribute in a variety of ways, including writing and research projects, graphic design, fundraising for local wildlife rehabilitators, and serve as voices for the wildlife they strive to protect. Contact us!
Protect Our Wildlife is proud of our internship program. We work with several local colleges, and we value the relationships we’ve formed with faculty and students. The experience students gain from our various internship opportunities provides them with valuable information and skills they will use in the future.
Some of our internship opportunities are as follows:
Political Science/Legislative Assistant (Spring semester only)
Graphic Design & Digital Media
Our interns research topics that are important to them and write letters for publication in Vermont papers. This helps them not only learn about wildlife protection matters, but hones their skills in writing, research, and how to run a successful campaign. See examples here and here.
“During my time at Protect Our Wildlife I was responsible for researching hunting and trapping regulations and statistics in Vermont. I came to understand that communication between the public and legislators, such as the Fish and Wildlife Board, was essential to preserve Vermont’s wildlife. Public outreach through education critical, as it is easy for legislators to create laws without notifying the public. Our goal was to keep the public informed about the immoral treatment of wildlife. Overall, this internship has given me practical communication skills and has allowed me to become more aware of the unethical implications certain laws may possess.
This internship has been an outstanding learning experience, and I highly recommend it to students in all fields.”
University Of Vermont
You can protect animals from deadly traps by posting “No Trapping” signs on your property. By familiarizing yourself with current trapping regulations, you will recognize illegal or unethical activities.
Organize an informational session in your community to educate people about current trapping practices and how pets, endangered species, and even humans are at risk. Find out creative ways to organize your own campaign here. Let us know of any plans you have, and we'd be happy to support you any way we can!
Become a county captain with Protect Our Wildlife and help mobilize your community to become a safer place for pets, wildlife, and people. We are always seeking new candidates for our county captain role so contact us if you’re interested in learning more.
Be a voice for wildlife by attending Fish & Wildlife Board meetings. Meetings can be found here. Please let us know if you can attend any upcoming meetings so that we can properly coordinate coverage. This is a super important role that just requires a few hours of your time.
We could not make a difference in the lives of animals without our amazing volunteers!
One of our UVM interns performing outreach on campus.