You Can Make a Difference!A volunteer is a person who willingly and without pay gives their own time, expertise and talents.
Volunteers are vital to the success of the World Bird Sanctuary and are welcomed as family. Our volunteer program offers something for everyone, including the unique opportunity to work directly with birds and animals.
RequirementsWe ask all volunteers to treat their commitment as they would a regular job. Previous animal experience is not required and all training is done on-site.
- Minimum of 18 years old for our Adult Volunteer Program - under 18 check out our Junior Volunteer Program
- Volunteer at least 16 hours a month.
- Become a WBS Friend.
- Attend a minimum of 5 volunteer meetings per year.
- Have a current Tetanus vaccination.
How to Apply1. Complete the Online Volunteer Application.
2. The World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator will review the applications.
Approved applications will be notified via email or phone with an invitation to the next volunteer orientation meeting. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and completion of an application does not guarantee an internship position will be offered.
Available PositionsWe are always in need of special skills! If you have a unique talent that you would like to volunteer to World Bird Sanctuary, please contact us today to discuss.
Administrative: No handling of animals or outdoor work.
Assist the staff at the World Bird Sanctuary offices with answering phones, data entry, filing and other general office work.
Animal Care Technician: Requires handling of animals and outdoor work.
Assist the staff in our behind the scenes area with the husbandry and care of exotic birds, amazing raptors and breeding birds. Husbandry duties include food preparations, cleaning facilities, assisting animal training and general maintenance.
Docent: Requires some outdoor work.
Work at the Environmental Education Center, Nature Center or display areas. Welcome and guide visitors with a brief overview of the property.
Field Studies Technician: Requires outdoor work.
This seasonal position is available March through November. Assist the Field Studies Department with the ongoing study of on-site and migratory wild bird populations. This includes visual and auditory censusing, mist netting and banding songbirds.
Naturalist: Requires handling of animals and outdoor work.
Assist the Office of Wildlife Learning and our Education Staff with the presentation of education programs to the public and the maintenance of all education animals. Help maintain exhibits and answer questions from the public.
Rehabilitation Technician: Requires handling of animals and outdoor work.
Assist the staff at our avian hospital with the care, treatment, feeding, cleaning and medicating of birds undergoing rehabilitation.