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. 
JoAnn, NEC Volunteer
I love learning something new every day!
Jim, NEC Volunteer
I enjoy hanging out with the birds and trying to answer the visitors’ questions keeps my brain active.
Emily, NEC Volunteer
Meeting and talking to people from around the world.
Jerry, NEC Volunteer
As a [retired] teacher, I see the value in having the eagles do the teaching.
Mike, NEC Volunteer
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.
Al, NEC Volunteer

Meet Our Volunteers

JoAnn Abbott
JoAnn AbbottSince 2013
Red Wing, MN
Al Cooper
Al CooperSince 2001
Farmington, MN
Bill Dunn
Bill DunnSince 2012
Reads Landing, MN
Howard Gorder
Howard GorderSince 2010
Minnieska, MN
Amy Hamann
Amy HamannSince 2013
Minneapolis, MN
Vicky Jaskierski
Vicky JaskierskiSince 2009
Wabasha, MN
Carol Knabe
Carol KnabeSince 2000
Alma, WI
Jerry Knabe
Jerry KnabeSince 2000
Alma, WI
Guy Marshall
Guy MarshallSince 2012
Wabasha, MN
Mike Perry
Mike PerrySince 2000
Nelson, WI
Jeanne Pietig
Jeanne PietigSince 2011
Reads Landing, MN
Cindy Schlosser
Cindy SchlosserSince 2005
Eau Claire, WI
Karlin Symons
Karlin SymonsSince 2009
Peterson, MN

Volunteer Needs

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 on the RefugeOur summer fishing program gives kids a 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 during the summer months.

Fishing on the Refuge – 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 on the Refuge – 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.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please download and fill out our Volunteer Application.

Volunteer Application

Service Projects

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:


Eagle Scout Sean McClanahan built several perches for our eagles. 2014

  • Bat Houses and Interpretive signage
  • Chimney Swift Boxes and Interpretive Signage
  • Eagle Perches
  • Butterfly and Bird Garden

If you are interested in these or other projects, please download and fill out our Volunteer Application.  In the Special skills/interests box tell us you are interested in Service Projects.

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