volunteer releasing a turtle

Turtles are disappearing from Ontario! But you can help turtles by volunteering with the OTCC. In addition to the positions listed below we often require help from individuals with specialized skills, such as tradespeople and graphic designers. Please contact us find out more about how you can contribute to the work of the OTCC.

Full training will be provided for all volunteers.

Turtle Taxi:

Turtle Taxi volunteers are needed for the occasional transport of injured turtles in need of quick medical attention. While some drives are local, we do often receive calls regarding turtles from farther away that are in need of transport, so if you live far from the Peterborough area, or you commute on a regular basis you can still help out! Names are placed on a contact list and emails are sent out when there is an injured turtle in need of transport. You only need to respond to the email if you are available to do the drive. Turtles will be transported in enclosed containers – drivers do not need handle the animals directly. Interested volunteers do not need to have any experience with turtles to apply, but must have access to a vehicle.

Turtle Care:

Turtle Care volunteers help with the ongoing care (feeding/cleaning) of the injured turtles that are in the rehabilitation process at our centre. Often our turtle patients can spend up to a year in our care as they recover from their injuries. You must be at least 18 and be able to commit to one 2-3 hour shift per week for a minimum of three months. This program involves attending a volunteer orientation before starting to work with the turtles.


Volunteers are needed to assist with fund-raising projects such as raffles, special events, membership & sponsorship drives, and sales of promotional items such as t-shirts. Past experience with not-for-profit organizations and an ability to work with other volunteers are essential. Experience in fundraising, marketing, event management, grant writing and media relations are all assets but enthusiasm for a great cause is paramount.

Outreach & Education:

OTCC is looking for Outreach Volunteers to help educate the public on the plight of Ontario Turtles. Full training with be provided and you will be set up in teams. These positions require that volunteers be comfortable with public speaking and to be willing to commit to one event per month. Interested candidates will be interviewed and must give a short 5-minute presentation on a wildlife issue of their choice.