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Volunteer Opportunities

Become an Audubon Docent, Conservation Activist, Nature Store Volunteer, Receptionist, Special Events, Sanctuary Tour Guide or Wildlife Care Center volunteer

Volunteer wheelbarrow banner - A. CampbellVolunteer opportunities vary throughout the year and there are always new ones being developed. For a comprehensive overview of the current volunteer opportunities available, please plan on attending our next New Volunteer Orientation. Regular volunteer opportunities are year-round, unless otherwise noted, and include:

Portland Audubon Docents

Docents are often the first impression visitors have of Portland Audubon and its sanctuary grounds. On weekends during the spring and summer, Docents greet visitors, answer natural history questions, assist with bird identification, and just be a helpful presence for visitors. (Weekends only during the spring and summer)

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Backyard habitat volunteers help with data entry, make follow-up calls to see how the program's homeowners are progressing, and – with specialized training – do yard evaluations.

Community Science

These volunteers fill one of Portland Audubon’s greatest needs for volunteers. Every spring our conservation staff trains and organizes 75-100 volunteers to monitor local bird populations. Their work helps keep an accurate census on viable populations of several bird species in the metropolitan area, often including Peregrine Falcons (primarily during spring months). Community science volunteer opportunities.

Clerical and Data Entry

Clerical and data entry volunteers are always needed to help with membership and Wildlife Care Center data.

Conservation Activists

These activists continue to support Audubon’s 110-year history of leading successful conservation campaigns. While a few Conservation Activist volunteers help research conservation issues, prepare materials, and attend meetings on key environmental issues, most are needed for grassroots, “put up the lawn signs and make the phone call” campaigns.

Native Plant Team

Volunteers insure that everything is ready year-round to make our annual Native Plant Sale a success.

Nature Store

Nature Store volunteers interact with the public as they browse through the store's collection of nature books, binoculars and scopes, bird feeders, gifts, toys and more. Store staff will train you to operate the cash register and help you learn the basics of binoculars and scopes so you can better help customers.


Audubon's receptionists are all volunteers who represent Audubon to callers and visitors (weekdays only).

Sanctuary Restoration and Work Parties

Sanctuary volunteers help keep our extensive trail system and sanctuary grounds beautiful for guests and the native wildlife that calls it home.

Sanctuary Tour Guides

These volunteers share our sanctuary and nature with school groups. They help local children discover animals living in and around the protected Balch Creek watershed, the sanctuary pond, and a stand of old-growth forest nestled at the back of Audubon’s sanctuary. Weekdays only, primarily in the fall and spring.

Tabling Team

Tabling volunteers represent Audubon at various events and places in the Portland metro area with Audubon's display board, brochures, and other materials. They sing the praises of Audubon to the community.

Wildlife Care Center

Care center volunteers help more than 3,000 native injured animals every year! They also help educate visitors and callers about living with urban wildlife. Note: There is almost always a wait list for the Wildlife Care Center. It’s a good idea to become involved in other volunteer opportunities so you become familiar with Audubon and its mission while waiting for a WCC shift to open.

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