Caring for injured, orphaned, and contaminated birds is a rewarding challenge. Tri-State’s professional staff is augmented by over 100 active volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours annually to help support our mission. Talents are needed in a variety of areas, including bird care, public education, patient reception, landscaping and maintenance, office support, fundraising, marketing, and special events.
Please join Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research as a volunteer and help us return healthy birds to their natural environment! Each year we receive over 3,000 birds that need YOUR help. Volunteers play a vital role in the transportation and care of our patients and the support of our operations.
How to Get Involved
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Step 1: Review available volunteer opportunities and position descriptions as listed on our volunteer webpage. Volunteer positions listed include information on requirements, examples of tasks, time contribution and more! This will allow you to find an opportunity that may be a good match for you!
Step 2: Submit an application for a volunteer position within the application window. Applications are completed online, and the link is provided by emailing email@example.com. In the application, you can share your availability, special skills/talents, and why you want to volunteer with us!
Step 3: Complete a New Volunteer Orientation*. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation held via Zoom and/or completed virtually. During this session you will receive your Volunteer Handbook, review policies, learn some bird care basics, and review training requirements.
Step 4: Complete required training with our team for you volunteer position. Training provided by our staff and experienced mentor volunteers. Once training is complete you may begin your journey as a new volunteer!
*Accepted volunteer applicants will be invited to register for an upcoming New Volunteer Orientation. Registration fee for New Volunteer Orientation is $25 an individual, or $15 for current students with ID. Registration is required and more information about registration will be provided to accepted volunteer applicants.
To volunteer in our Wild Bird Clinic, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and at least 18 for some roles. To volunteer with our oiled wildlife response team, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have been previously trained as a Rehabilitation volunteer. For specific age requirements, please review the description for the volunteer position you are interested in.
Volunteer Calendar – Application Windows and Volunteer Training
The application window and subsequent volunteer trainings are listed below. After the application window, applications will be reviewed and applicants will be selected and contacted for interviews. Training may begin following the completion of volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientations will be held virtually over Zoom. The volunteer calendar for 2023 is:
Application window #1: January 1 – January 31, or until all spots are filled.
Volunteer training: February
Application window #2: September 1 – September 30, ALL SPOTS ARE NOW FULL
Volunteer training: October
Level 1 Application window: applications for this role are accepted year round; training offered quarterly.
Level 1 Volunteer training: January, May, August, and November. *Additional dates may be offered depending on interest and availability.
Level 2 Application window #1: February 1 – February 28
Level 2 Volunteer training #1: March
Level 2 Application window #2: October 1 – October 31
Level 2 Volunteer training #2: November
Wildlife Hotline Coordinator
Application window #1: March 1 – 31
Volunteer training #1: April
Application window #2: November 1 – November 30
Volunteer training #2: December
Patient Admissions Specialist
Application window: March 1 – 31
Volunteer training: April
Baby Bird Care
Application window: April 1 – April 30
Volunteer training: May
Applications for this role are accepted year round; training offered based upon availability.
Applications for this role are accepted year round; training offered based upon availability.3
During baby bird season, we receive hundreds of orphaned and/or injured baby birds that need special care. Volunteers are needed to prepare nest cups, properly set up and clean habitats, correctly hand feed, and monitor care for each species. This volunteer opportunity is available from approximately May through early September each year. Click here to learn more about the Baby Bird Care volunteer position.
Please note the summer is our busiest time of the year and we are unable to offer training to new volunteers at this time. We recruit and train the majority of new volunteers between late summer and early spring each year. Please check our volunteer page periodically for updates and information.
If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, please call us at (302) 737-9543, ext. 102 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.