Apply to Volunteer at the Center

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for the 2020 season!

To join our list of volunteers, contact us at birdteamvolunteer@gmail.com and fill out the following forms:

Volunteer Contact Form

2020 Volunteer Orientation

Cedar waxwings on nest.

UPDATE 4/14/2020: We’ll be hosting a Zoom chat on Saturday, April 18th at 10am. Please see the following post for more details:

If you are interested in helping us this season, you can download the application above submit it via email. We will have volunteers on a limited schedule starting in May, and allowing only one volunteer to help at a time. We will have other guidelines and check points to follow during this time. We will have gloves and masks for anyone inside the building.

Once you send in an application, you will receive via email everything you would at the in-person orientation. We are going to try to host a Zoom chat on 4/18, and we will keep you posted about it!

Volunteer Video

Watch this video to see volunteers talk about why volunteering at the Bird Center is so important to them:

Volunteering at the Bird Center

Every year, as word about our services spreads across Washtenaw County, more and more people contact us for help. We admit hundreds of baby birds every spring and summer season who need to be fed every 30 minutes from dawn to dusk. We also accept injury cases that require a lot of time from our staff. Even if you can only spare a couple of hours a week, your help will make a big difference in the lives of orphaned and injured birds. You tell us when you can volunteer and we will work you into the schedule.

Seeing these babies grow right before your eyes is a very rewarding experience. And there is nothing like seeing an injured bird successfully rehabilitated and ready to be returned back to its natural habitat.

Volunteer Duties

There are many jobs that need doing–not just feeding birds. Here is just a sample of the many jobs we do:

  • Experienced volunteers can be trained to answer calls and enter data into our system – we are currently accepting applications for this position. Any help given to reduce rehabber’s time away from the birds will be beneficial!
  • Feed birds.
  • Keep their enclosure clean.
  • Prepare/make food.
  • Help with projects.
  • Help with errands.
  • Help birds with enrichment.
  • Laundry.
  • Gardening at the Center.

We are an equal opportunity employer and volunteer organization.