Volunteers make the National Eagle Center experience possible. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to meet visitors of all ages, share your passion for eagles and the natural world and support our mission of environmental education and stewardship. We offer training in naturalist interpretation and presentation skills, as well as basic eagle care. You’ll learn a lot, and have a great time as part of the National Eagle Center team!
A few reasons to volunteer
A love of eagles, the eagle ambassadors, and the environment.
I love learning something new every day!
I enjoy hanging out with the birds and trying to answer the visitors’ questions keeps my brain active.
Meeting and talking to people from around the world.
As a [retired] teacher, I see the value in having the eagles do the teaching.
As a veteran myself, I particularly enjoy talking with [veterans and active duty military] and sharing how eagles, like themselves, have made a difference for our country.
Meet Our Volunteers
On-going volunteer opportunities:
Eagle Husbandry Volunteer
Assist with morning eagle care duties including food prep, cleaning of eagle living areas, and changing of water. Requires ability to bend and lift and perform tasks independently. May be combined with other volunteer opportunities. Must be available 8:00am-10:00am and able to commit to volunteering at least twice a month.
Needed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays seasonally, June-October
Welcome guests at front door/desk area to provide basic visitor experience information, monitor for admission stickers, and assist with line management. Additional duties may include welcoming large groups, encouraging membership, assisting with group photos, answering guest questions, and monitoring public restrooms. Requires friendly outgoing personality and willingness to verbally engage with visitors.
Specific program volunteers needs:
Fishing for Eagles – Our summer fishing program gives kids an chance to go fishing right here at the National Eagle center, learn about responsible angling, and donate their catch to feed the bald eagle ambassadors!
We are in need of volunteers to assist with various aspects of this program on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from June 19, 2-16 – September 1, 2016.
Fishing for Eagles – Gear Check Out Table Volunteer
Will be responsible for explaining the program and fishing regulations to people as they inquire. For people that want to take part in the program – assist them in checking out gear (fishing pole, bait, proper size life jacket). Requires friendly outgoing personality and willingness to verbally engage with visitors.
Fishing For Eagles – Dock Volunteer
Assist participants while fishing – this could be anything from teaching how to cast, put bait on a hook, reel in or take a fish off the hook. Will also make sure fish are of legal take and help participants ID the fish caught. The person will also help make sure everyone is safe: for example making sure kids are wearing lifejackets. Requires friendly outgoing personality and willingness to verbally engage with visitors. Existing knowledge of native fish identification is helpful but not necessary.
Our Eagle Care and Education Department has several projects that would be ideally suited for a project based volunteer commitment such as an Eagle Scout or Master Naturalist service project. Some preliminary ideas and needs are:
- Bat Houses and Interpretive signage
- Chimney Swift Boxes and Interpretive Signage
- Rabbit Hutch Project
- Eagle Perches
- Butterfly and Bird Garden
For more information on these or other project ideas, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].