Volunteer

Be a part of the Portland Audubon flock and help build a region where people and wildlife flourish together! Portland Audubon is a volunteer-empowered organization, and volunteers are active in every level of the organization. Working hand-in-hand with our staff, our passionate volunteer base is essential to achieving our mission and helping to inspire people to love and protect the natural world.

Normally we offer a range of volunteer opportunities from single events to regular weekly commitments, all that fit a wide array of schedules and skill sets. During the COVID 19 pandemic we have limited and adjusted some of the opportunities. We continue to adjust as needed to ensure COVID 19 safe opportunities.

Currently (as of November 2021) we do not have many volunteer openings, but are looking ahead as we prepare for our busy spring season in the Wildlife Care Center. We expect to bring on new seasonal Care Center Volunteers in early spring 2022 to meet the needs of our wild patients. Seasonal Care Center volunteers serve from April through the end of August.

Volunteers at our annual Backyard Habitat Native Plant Sale.
Volunteers at our annual Backyard Habitat Native Plant Sale.

Seasonal Care Center volunteer positions require a weekly commitment (on the same day each week) to a 4 hour shift for 5 months. Year-long Care Center positions require a weekly commitment (on the same day each week) to a 4 hour shift for at least 6 months. 

We will have indoor and outdoor roles, and require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for the indoor volunteer roles. 

If you are interested in joining us as a Care Center volunteer or to serve in another area, please submit your volunteer application using the link below. We will reach out when we have scheduled new orientations, most likely in early 2022. We will offer orientations on several dates and times.

Volunteer Opportunities

Some have been adjusted due to COVID-19.

    • Volunteers serve weekly shifts in our Wildlife Care Center and in our Nature Store. We ask volunteers in these roles to commit for at least 6 months (5 for seasonal Care Center volunteers)  and volunteer weekly (Care Center) or bi-weekly (Nature Store).
    • Volunteers serve on a varied schedule as Sanctuary Tour Guides, supporting the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, helping as  Outings Leaders, Community Outreach, in our Sanctuary, etc.
    • Volunteers support our one time special events, like Wild Arts Festival, Plant or book Sales, Swift Watch, etc.
    • Volunteers support our drop in events, which are usually large work parties and may be open to the public.  Check our “events” page to see if we have any drop in events scheduled.
    • Volunteers support our Community Science projects.  To participate in Community Science (only) you do not need to attend a Volunteer Program Introduction; you can get involved by visiting hereMany of our Community Science efforts remain active during COVID-19.

 

Other

Drop Ins: We do not have drop-in volunteer opportunities available.

Eagle Scouts: Please contact our Volunteer Manager (email below) if you are looking to start at Eagle Scout project

Corporate Work Parties: We welcome corporate partnerships/pro bono professional help.

Court Ordered Volunteer Service: We work with volunteers who need to complete court mandated volunteer service. Contact our Volunteer Manager to see if we may be able to accommodate you. 

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Manager Vicky Medley vmedley@audubonportland.org

Youth Volunteers Welcome (although the youth volunteer program is currently on hold):

We welcome youth volunteers! Young people ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Young people 16 and up may volunteer on their own. For sanctuary work parties, volunteers should be at least 12 years old (and still accompanied by an adult until 16). For the Wildlife Care Center and the Nature Store, all volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

For current volunteers: Track your hours