* Wild Bird Rehabilitation * - Volunteers interested in working directly with birds, please read:
Work hands on with wild birds and learn skills such as dietary and nutrition applications, medical treatments, handling and restraint methods, habitat construction, and many other skills that can not be learned in any other setting! Keep in mind, you're welcome to start with baby bird care, you can always let us know if you change your mind at any point and would like to be trained in the wild bird rehabilitation process.
We do not make friends with the wildlife patients, and don't want them to become dependent on human care. Their survival when released could depend on avoiding humans.
When you start as a new shift volunteer you will not be working directly with wild bird patients, initial tasks include laundry, enclosure cleaning, and diet preparation. Working with patients requires training. Training will be provided and we will mentor you through the necessary skills as well as guiding you through the skills checklist. Step by step you will quickly advance in your abilities and soon be directly assisting with our rehabilitation patients.
Bird Care Shifts & Baby Bird Care (seasonal): Commit to volunteering a minimum of four hours each week.
Professionally handle situations involving severe animal injuries, blood, needles, bad smells, and euthanasia.
Working with live worms and insects, cleaning up bird fecal matter.
For BIRD CARE shifts: good physical condition – activities can include bending, twisting, stooping, kneeling, carrying, ability to lift and move 20 pound objects a short distance, and extensive standing/walking.
Must have a willingness to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety procedures.
Able to follow directions and communicate clearly and effectively with staff and volunteers.
Commitment and reliability are expected.
Must understand and follow departmental procedures for safety, animal handling, dress code, emergency procedures, and continuing education.
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to volunteering with us.
Please submit your application and we will contact you via email to book an orientation for you.
Orientations will happen once per month.
You will hear from us within two weeks of your application.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering and helping the birds!