III : Internships

General Requirements:
● Must be at least 18 years of age 

● Must be attending or have recently attended school with a focus in a related biological field
● Provide valid PA Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance 
● Provide valid PA Act 34 Criminal Background Check 
● Must be able to provide your own reliable transportation
● Must have internet access and email account for communications

​● Interviews and training will be provided on-location

We created this program for those interested in possibly volunteering with our rescue but don't meet our age requirement. This program takes place during June, July, and August and schedules are made once all candidates are chosen after the interviewing process in May each year. Each volunteer is brought in just one day a week where they will be educated on our rescues operations and each reptile type of reptile that we have on hand, this particular program is a great stepping stone for those who plan to become part-time volunteers with us once they turn 18 or plan to work elsewhere with reptiles. Each teen has the option of coming in for one, two, or all three months and the cost of attendance is $100.00/month in the program.

 Some Activities Teen Volunteers May Take Part In:
● Reptile training and handling education
● Take part in education of reptiles
● Assist in public events (if permitted by parent/guardian)
● Assist in reptile care and cleaning

General Requirements:
● Age range is for those of 8 to 13 years  
● Must be able to have access to reliable transportation
● Parent/Guardian must have internet access and email account for communications


Nate's Reptile Rescue cannot be responsible for, or dispense, any medications to campers.

Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch each day.

I : Donations

General Requirements:
● Must be at least 18 years of age 
● Provide valid PA Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance 
● Provide valid PA Act 34 Criminal Background Check 
● Must be able to provide your own reliable transportation
● Must have internet access and email account for communications

● Interviews and training will be provided on-location

Here at the rescue, we try to offer a wide range of ways for people to get involved and learn about what we do. Below are some brief descriptions of the opportunities that people can take part in to help our rescue and continue our mission of rescuing reptiles and educating people in our community. If any of these are of interest to you then please fill out the inquiry form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible to further discuss your area of interest or for more information, feel free to send us an email or go to our 'Contact Us' page and fill out the general inquiry submission form.

II : Volunteering Opportunities

1. Small Donations: These are a great and easy way for anyone to help out our rescue and can be done in several different ways. Donations can be given to us in the form of cash, check, or through Paypal; this is the most versatile form of donation we can receive and any amount goes a long way in helping us to keep our doors open, programs running, and ensures that each reptile in our care remains happy and healthy. You can click the 'Donate' button on any page of this site to donate what you can but first, be sure to read about our donation incentives below!


2. Sponsorship: This refers to the sponsorship of a particular area of reptiles at our rescue as listed below. To sponsor an area means that the amount you donate will be used specifically to care for those animals and you will be able to designate a 2x3 inch plaque which can include a name of your choice and a brief, appropriate message. This plaque will be displayed in the area you have chosen to support. To acquire one of these plaques, a donation of at least $100.00 will need to be made.

  • Aquatics: These sections hold our alligators, snapping turtles, and other semi-aquatic turtles
  • Large Reptile Holding: This area contains our full-grown, largest reptile species such as our monitors, iguanas, pythons, and boas
  • Turtle & Tortoise Pens: This is the largest of all the areas and our sulcata, red-foot, and leopard tortoises as well as our terrestrial turtles and smaller tortoise species
  • Small Reptile Holding: Here contains the largest number of reptiles which is made up of all others that do not fit into our alternative categories


3. Wall of Donors: In our new building we will be dedicating an entire wall of our lobby to the presentation of plaques for our most generous donors. These plaques will be 4x6 inches and still have the option to include a name and brief, appropriate message​. To acquire one of these plaques, a donation of at least $200.00 will need to be made, this donation will go towards the overall operation of our rescue and could be used in our programs, animal care, or general upkeep.


4. Equipment: With all of these reptiles coming in and out of our rescue, we like to make sure that they are all cared for well and this includes keeping them warm, clean, and entertained. We are constantly going through supplies that are needed to keep them all in good health and when supporters are able to donate these much needed supplies, it helps us out tremendously. We have a list of supplies below that are much needed so if you are willing to purchase these and bring or ship them to the rescue for us to use then please feel free to do so. There are also many other items that are very much appreciated which are not on the list such as water dishes, hides, logs, plants, etc. which are sold specifically for reptiles and offer great enrichment for our animals.

  • ​​List of much supplies coming soon.


5. Food: As you can imagine, with having so many reptiles at our rescue we can go through a lot of food every week and it is our area of highest cost. There are many ways that you can help, for instance, if you are able to bring or ship any of the following different types of food to the rescue then you can help us feed several different types of animals and it means so much to us. Be sure to reach out if this is something that you are able to help with and we can let you know specifically what types of food we use and what we may need most.

  • Examples: hay/grass, vegetables, fruits, frozen rodents, crickets, superworms, dubia roaches, or hornworms, and many others

We are looking for volunteers to assist in daily rescue activities/reptile care and/or individuals who are interested in becoming a presenter and assisting with our programs. We would be more than happy to expand our team and bring in as many people as possible. We would request that each volunteer spends at least 2 hours/week helping at the rescue unless they are strictly a presenter and will only be attending programs. Volunteers can apply, interview, and get trained at any point in the year. Other groups (such as high school or college classes/clubs, girl/boy scout troops) can partake in a project or day of service with our rescue or kids with school science fair projects that want to use our reptiles for observational purposes may also schedule a few days to come in without meeting the requirements below, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and choose the 'other' option.

Some Activities Volunteers May Take Part In:
● Provide information to visitors at the rescue
● Assist with surrenders and adoptions
● Perform observational research and record animal data regularly
● Assist at public rescue events and appearances
● Provide basic husbandry needs and handle reptiles as needed

This program is designed for those that are beginning to have a passion for reptiles and are interested in learning more about them and what we do here at the rescue to make sure that each animal is cared for as best as possible. Campers will take a look at reptile body structures and adaptations while learning what each individual animal needs to feel safe and stay healthy. This program takes place during June, July, and August; camps are scheduled each week Monday-Friday (times are typically: drop-off at 9 a.m. & pick-up at 2 p.m. but may vary some weeks). Schedules are released and sign-ups begin two weeks before each month begins. We require at least 10 campers be signed up each available week in order for our camp to be held so make sure to get all of your child's friends signed up with them so that the minimum number is reached. The cost for each camper to attend for the week is $125.00. 

 Some Activities Teen Volunteers May Take Part In:
● Daily reptile presentations
● Learn about reptile housing and care requirements
● Up close reptile encounters



IV : ​Teen Programs​-Not Currently Available

Sometimes, we may need to reach out to volunteers willing who are willing to drive to meet an owner that is surrendering their animal and/or donating equipment either at a public location or directly from their home. As discussed in the previous section, the reason that we may need assistance with this is if a pet owner is unable to drive out to our location because it is too far of a drive for them or if we are just unavailable for whatever reason. When an animal is being picked up, there may be quite a bit of equipment that is coming with it so we have found that in those cases, larger vehicles (SUV's, trucks, vans, etc.) work best, however, if just an animal is being taken in then usually any size vehicle works just fine. In these circumstances it is very likely that we will have you bring the animal/equipment back to our main location in South Park (15236) unless you are also registered with us as a foster home or location as described in the above section.


V : Reptile Kids Camp​-Not Currently Available

How Can You Help?

Involvement Form

VII : Volunteer Transporters/Drivers

THE BEST FRIENDS ARE COLD-BLOODED

What we are looking for here is to find individuals who are willing to sign up to be on our potential fostering log in case we need help housing an animal in one of the instances below. We will only be accepting qualified individuals or other animal-oriented businesses to help us house animals when needed and we will require that you are willing to purchase the needed equipment for one of our animals that is under your care if for some reason we do not have any available for you. You should also be comfortable with adopters picking up the animal directly from you once they are checked and approved by us do to so, we will work around your schedule when arranging such adoptions. We hope that with our recent expansion that we will be able to house more animals, but keeping a log of foster homes and locations will help us if the circumstance arises where we will need assistance. There have been many instances in the past where our rescue had reached its limits and could not accept any more rescues and we needed to reach out to our community for assistance is housing our overflow animals. A second reason that we may need to reach out to a foster home is if we get in a reptile that is injured or ill and either cannot come into our rescue for risk of infecting our other animals or perhaps the ailment will undoubtedly need a veterinary visit that would come with excessive bills that we cannot cover due to low funding at that time. Finally, the last reason that we may need to reach out to foster homes is for the sake of taking in surrendered animals directly from their owners if our location is too far of a drive for them or if we are just unavailable for whatever reason. Again, we will work around your schedule when arranging this drop-off, but we will communicate with you beforehand on whether we will then be taking in the animal from you or allowing you to care for it until it gets adopted.

General Requirements:
● Age range is for those of 14 to 17 years  
● Must be able to have access to reliable transportation
● Parent/Guardian must have internet access and email account for communications


Nate's Reptile Rescue cannot be responsible for, or dispense, any medications to volunteers.

VI : Foster Homes & Locations


This program is designed for graduate and undergraduate students as well as recent graduates. Interested applicants must have a passion for working with reptiles and/or other exotic animals and should be able to provide a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation. We would request that each intern spends at least 3 hours/week at the rescue or equivalent time spent doing individual assignments. We understand that if you choose to intern during a school semester then your schedule may not be as flexible so we will do our best to accommodate you and adjust the required hours. Intern intervals will be March-May, June-August, September-November, and December-February. Interviews are scheduled one month preceding their respective interval and scheduling will be determined on a bi-weekly basis.

 Some Activities Interns May Take Part In:
● Conduct animal health checks
● Assist with surrenders and adoptions
● Perform observational research and record animal data regularly
● Provide in depth husbandry assistance
● Complete individual care guide research assignments