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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30am – 12pm

WCC Gunder Myran Building
Room 319

UPDATE 3/15/2020: Our volunteer orientation originally scheduled for March 28th has been postponed and rescheduled for April 18th from 9:30am-12pm at the same location. All details can be found on our Facebook events page. We hope you can make this newly scheduled date. This date is set; however, it could change again if anything worsens/continues. We understand if you do not wish to attend. We are looking at ways to record the session and share the PowerPoint with those who are staying home for precautionary reasons.

The Bird Center could not operate without the help of volunteers! At this orientation, we’ll answer all of your questions about volunteering at the Bird Center and what we do to help birds!

We’ll talk about the different positions available, what you’ll be doing as a volunteer, and we’ll watch a quick Bird Center video to help you get to know us better. Snacks and refreshments provided! This orientation is NOT required to volunteer with us, but it’s highly recommended. We hope to see you there!

Get a head start by filling out your application now!

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.