Volunteer Program

You can make a difference! Our volunteer program provides incredibly rewarding and satisfying experiences across a broad range of areas and activities for dedicated individuals at least thirteen years old, including the unique opportunity to work directly with birds, reptiles and other animals. Volunteers donate their time, expertise and energy, without pay, and their contribution is absolutely vital to the success of the World Bird Sanctuary. Various positions are available for adult volunteers.

Adult Volunteer Requirements

Please be aware of several important considerations if you would like to be considered for our volunteer team. World Bird Sanctuary volunteers are an important and integral part of our workforce, and we ask all volunteers to treat their commitment as they would a regular job. Our staff and other volunteers will be depending upon you, thus it is critical that you arrive on time and inform the staff member responsible for your area in advance if you are unable to report for your scheduled day are critical.
Additional Requirements
• Volunteer for a minimum of sixteen hours per month.
• Attend a minimum of five volunteer meetings per year.
Become a Friend of World Bird Sanctuary.
• Wear a World Bird Sanctuary uniform when working in public areas and follow all wardrobe guidelines.
• Have a current Tetanus vaccination.

How to Apply

Complete an online application in its entirety, including the submission of a current resume and three completed reference forms. Upon receipt, review and approval by the World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator, an invitation to attend the next volunteer orientation meeting will be sent to you via email. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and completion of an application does not guarantee a volunteer position will be offered.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (18 years old and above)

Naturalist:
Assist the World Bird Sanctuary Education department staff with the care and husbandry of animals (birds, reptiles and mammals) housed in the Nature Center and the Environmental Education Center. Help maintain exhibits and displays, interact with World Bird Sanctuary guests by greeting them, answering questions, discussing points of interest found on site, and assisting in the gift shop. This position involves handling animals, working with the public and working outdoors.

Animal Care Technician:
Assist the staff in our behind the scenes areas with the care and husbandry of exotic birds, amazing raptors and breeding birds. Husbandry duties may include food preparation, assisting with animal training, general grounds maintenance, and cleaning and maintaining our facilities. This position involves handling animals and working outdoors, but does not require working with the public.

Rehabilitation Technician:
Assist the staff with the care, treatment, feeding, cleaning and medicating of birds undergoing rehabilitation at our avian hospital, and with the care and husbandry of birds housed in display enclosures. This position involves the handling of birds, working with the public and working outdoors.

Docent:
Share your passion for animals, the environment and the outdoors by interacting with World Bird Sanctuary guests at our various animal enclosures, the Bird Brain Library, the Visitors Center, or the Environmental Education Center. This position requires attending three Docent training classes.

Bird Banding:
Assist the Bird Banding Team with the ongoing study of on-site wild bird populations. This includes visual and auditory observations and mist netting songbirds. World Bird Sanctuary’s seasonal bird banding program is every Thursday, beginning in March through October. This position involves working outdoors, and with the public during some sessions. Volunteer space for this position is limited.

Clerical:
If you believe in the Sanctuary’s mission and enjoy animals, but do not wish to work with them, helping in the administration offices is an excellent way to volunteer. Clerical volunteers assist our administrative staff with answering phones, data entry, filing and other office duties.

Maintenance:
Do you love mowing grass, shoveling snow, or are you retired from a construction related field? We are always seeking volunteers to help with many different aspects of facility maintenance.