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Caring for injured, orphaned, and oiled birds is a rewarding challenge. Tri-State’s professional staff is augmented by over 150 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, 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

The first step in becoming a Tri-State volunteer is to register and attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions in 2020 to discover the different volunteer opportunities and learn about the volunteer application process.

Our upcoming Information Sessions will be held on the following dates and times. Please note, you only need to attend one session and sessions require a minimum number of applicants to run. At the Information Session, you will learn about the application process and can ask questions and talk to current volunteers.

2020 Volunteer Information Sessions (All volunteer sessions have been postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols)

Stay tuned for upcoming sessions schedule.

Please join us to learn more about these roles and how YOU can make a difference for native wild birds! Main areas where volunteer support is needed include the Wildlife Hotline, Transporting patients, Bird Care, and Clinic Support.

To register for a Volunteer Information Session, please email us at volunteer@tristatebird.org. 

Age Requirements

To volunteer in our Wild Bird Clinic with patients, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. To volunteer with our oiled wildlife response team, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have been previously trained as a Bird Care volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are available for those 14 to 16 years of age in Clinic Support.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Step 1Register and attend one upcoming Volunteer Information Session! See above. To register, please email us at volunteer@tristatebird.org.

Step 2Complete an application. Applications are completed online, and the link is provided after you attend a Volunteer Information Session. In the application, you can share your availability, special skills/talents, and why you want to volunteer with us.

Step 3Attend a new Volunteer Orientation and Training. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation and training sessions. During this time, you will receive your Volunteer Handbook, review policies, tour the facilities, learn some bird care basics, and discover how to start your journey as a new Volunteer!

 Accepted volunteer applicants will be invited to an upcoming New Volunteer Orientation and other trainings as needed. 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. Please save the date for an upcoming New Volunteer Orientation!

 2020 New Volunteer Orientation Dates

Saturday, April 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteer Positions

Position Objectives: To assist in the rehabilitation of injured, diseased (or sick), and orphaned native wild birds with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. As a volunteer, you will assist Clinic staff in providing each bird with proper nutrition, a safe and enriching habitat, and a clean environment. Training will be provided by Mentor Volunteers and/or Clinic staff. Click here to learn more about the Bird Care Volunteer description.

Clinic Support Volunteers – our Unsung Heroes

Purpose This volunteer position is designed for teens aged 14-15 and adults to support our Wild Bird Clinic, but not in direct bird care. These volunteers perform essential tasks that do not require handling birds while helping to provide the best care possible to our patients. Training will be provided by Mentor Volunteers and/or Clinic staff. Click here to learn more about the Clinic Support Volunteer position.

The purpose of the facilities team is to help create and maintain habitats for our wild bird patients and to keep our facilities and grounds maintained and running smoothly for operations. The facilities team works with the support of our facilities committee, Facilities Supervisor, and Clinic Director.        Click here to learn more about the Facilities Team Volunteer position.

Sheets and towels are an essential tool used by the Clinic team to care for our wild patients. These linens are used to:

– Hold the patients while protecting their feathers and decreasing their stress.

– Line indoor cages, providing a soft substrate for injuries and visual barriers, creating a quiet environment to promote healing.

Tri-State has a dedicated laundry area in the clinic. To keep the clinic stocked with linens, summer laundry loads number about 25 per week; winter laundry loads are about 20 per week. Click here to learn more about the Laundry Team Volunteer position.

The purpose of the transport team is to give injured, sick, and orphaned native wild birds a chance of survival by providing safe transport to Tri-State’s licensed rehabilitation facility in Newark, DE, and to provide a service to caring members of the community who are unable to transport birds on their own. Transport volunteers are expected to represent Tri-State in a pleasant, positive, and professional manner on every transport assignment.       Click here to learn more about the Transport Team Volunteer position.

These volunteers help to support our clinic team with inquiries about injured and orphaned native wild birds in the tristate area. They greet the public in person and on the phone, help answer questions and provide information, admit bird patients, and other public education needs. These tasks are done with the support and direction of staff and other experienced volunteers. Training will be provided by Mentor Volunteers and the Volunteer Services Manager. Click here to learn more about the Wildlife Hotline Coordinator 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 volunteer@tristatebird.org.

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