Volunteer Program

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. The minimum requirement is 16 hours of work per month. Previous animal experience is not required and all training is done on-site. All volunteers are required to become a WBS Friend.

Junior volunteers have the opportunity to assist with daily chores in the education and animal management departments. This position allows young aspiring naturalist to be in a safe proximity to the animals, while learning about conservation and animal care. Applicants must be at least 13 years old and 16 years old to handle birds of prey.

Positions Available

Naturalist Assist the Office of Wildlife Learning staff with the presentation of education programs to help the public and the maintenance of all education animals. Help maintain exhibits and displays and answer questions from the public. This position requires the handing of animals and outdoor work.
Animal Care Technician Assist the staff in our behind the scenes area with the husbandry and care of exotic birds, amazing raptors and breeding birds. Husbandry duties may include food preparations, cleaning facilities, assisting with animal training and general maintenance. This position requires the handling of animals and outdoor work.
Rehabilitation Technician Assist the staff at our avian hospital with the care, treatment, feeding, cleaning and medicating of birds undergoing rehabilitation. This position requires the handling of birds and outdoor work.
Docent Work at the visitor information, nature centers or display areas. Welcome and guide visitors with a brief overview of the property. This position does NOT require the handing of animals or birds, but does require outdoor work.
Field Studies Technician Assist the Field Studies Department with the ongoing study of on-site wild bird populations. This includes visual and auditory observations, mist netting songbirds and nest box studies. This position is seasonal for 1 day a week and requires outdoor work.
Clerical Assist the staff at the World Bird Sanctuary offices with answering phones, data entry, filing and other generic office work. This position does NOT require the handling of animals, birds or outdoor work.