The Raptor Trust is a licensed wild bird rehabilitation facility. We take care of injured and orphaned native birds with the goal of making them healthy and releasing them back into the wild. More than 3800 birds of over 70 species come through our infirmary each year! In order to care for so many birds, we rely heavily on our diligent group of volunteers to assist us. Volunteers are asked to perform a large range of tasks including monitoring and feeding birds, assisting with gift shop sales, working at our reception desk, cleaning, laundry, and dishes. None of our volunteer positions include working directly with any raptors. We ask that volunteers be 17 years or older to apply and able to commit to the same 4 hour shift each week for a minimum of two consecutive months.
Steps to becoming a Raptor Trust Volunteer
- Fill out Volunteer Interest Form above.
- Come in for a tour and brief interview.
- Schedule training with one of our Volunteer Trainers and fill out a volunteer liability waiver.
- Begin your own volunteer shift.
You will be assisted by a network of staff and expert volunteers who can answer questions and provide information, ensuring that your experience at TRT is enjoyable and fulfilling.
What to wear and bring when training and volunteering
-Many volunteer tasks are preformed outdoors so please dress according to the weather.
-Closed toed shoes should be worn at all times.
-Please refrain from wearing items of clothing with offensive language or imagery.
-Bring a snack. The refrigerator, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker are all available for your use.
-Bring a beverage. On hot days it is easy to become dehydrated, please be prepared.
Species of birds which we ask volunteers to assist in caring for:
-Assorted Waterfowl, Songbirds, Gulls and Pigeons
Volunteers do not handle or care for any Birds of Prey
What we look for in our volunteers
Responsibility – If you do not perform tasks responsibly you may put yourself and the animals at risk. Doing a thorough job ensures that bids receive the quality of care that they deserve.
Reliability – We rely on you to be here at a certain time on certain days. If you have to miss a shift we ask that you provide us with enough notice to arrange a sub if necessary.
Sensitivity – Wild birds are exposed to a lot of stress when kept in captivity. We ask that you always approach cages in a calm, quiet, and sensitive manner.
Respect – From the largest to the smallest of birds, each is uniquely impressive in its adaptations, abilities, and existence. Respect is vital in caring for these amazing creatures.
Communication – If you have a question or concern or if something is bothering you, you should always be able to talk to a staff member about it.
Flexibility – Each new day brings a new set of tasks, responsibilities, and challenges. Your willingness to do whatever needs to be done will make you a vital member of our team.
Being Observant – Look for signs of feather loss, limping, fighting, loss of appetite, disoriented movements, and abnormal behavior. Always alert the staff if anything seems off or unusual.