Volunteer Opportunities

Come and spend a few hours learning about Tri-State and how you can help make a difference! You’ll meet wonderful people, make new friends, and have fun, all while helping to care for local wildlife.

All those interested in volunteering at Tri-State must first attend an information session. These one-hour information sessions will give you a good overview of our operations and expectations along with what kind of roles are available.  Those who want to train to work directly with the birds will stay and attend the 2nd half of the session.

If you are planning to stay all 3 hours, please bring a lunch.

Please choose a date and time that fits your schedule and call ahead to (302) 737-9543  or email volunteer@tristatebird.org to reserve your seat. 

Saturday, March 10,  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 24,  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 14,  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 28,  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • Patient care
  • Clinic support
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • and much more!

Interesting in Volunteering?

Caring for injured, orphaned, or oiled birds is a rewarding challenge. Tri-State’s professional staff is augmented by over 200 active volunteers who donate more than 20,000 hours annually to help care for birds and keep the center running smoothly. Talents are needed in a variety of areas such as bird care, oil spill response, front desk reception, landscaping and maintenance, office support, fundraising, marketing, and special events.

Age Requirements:
To work in bird care, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
To work in oil spill response, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those 14-16 years of age in clinic support.

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information contact us or call (302) 737-9543.

How to Become a Volunteer
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a Volunteer Information Session. These sessions are about an hour long and will present information about Tri-State and how you can help make a difference. You’ll meet wonderful people, make new friends, and have fun, all while helping to care for local wildlife. These information sessions will provide information on volunteering, expectations, and time commitments.

All those interested in volunteering at Tri-State must attend an information session.

Once you have attended a Volunteer Information Session, you can stay to attend an Overview Session which will cover health and safety and the volunteer handbook.

Volunteer information sessions are generally held twice a year, in the spring and fall. Dates are announced on the website, Facebook, member newsletters, and email communications. Registration is required for information sessions.

Oil Spill Response Team Volunteering
Volunteers play an integral part in oiled wildlife response. Tri-State’s oil spill team offers training once each year, usually in the late fall, to learn about participating in this unique aspect of wildlife rehabilitation.

Tri-State is always in need of individuals willing to help transport birds to or from the Center. Some callers are unable or unwilling to bring in a bird they have found, so volunteers are needed to pick them up. When a bird is located farther away than one transporter wants to drive, two or more volunteers may be arranged as a “relay” of sorts to get our bird to the clinic for care.

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