New volunteer information sessions will begin again in 2016. Please check this calendar for dates and times.
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, fund raising, marketing, and special events.
To work in bird care, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
To work in oil spill repsonse, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Volunteer opportunities are avilable 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 attend a Volunteer Workshop. Here, you will learn how to care for the adult or baby birds at the Frink Center for Wildlife. Trained bird care volunteers have the opportunity to work more closely with staff to feed, monitor, and tend to patients.
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.