Volunteers are vital to the operation of the non-profit Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. Without concerned individuals like yourself, the Sanctuary would not be able to continue our mission to save our indigenous wild birds. (For more information email email@example.com or stop by the Gift Shop, Tue-Sat from 10-3PM to speak with our Volunteer Coordinator)
Volunteer Application (PDF)
There are five areas where the Sanctuary is of great need for volunteers: Outside Maintenance Care, Inside Hospital Care, Inside Office, Gift Shop, Rescue Volunteers.
OUTSIDE MAINTENANCE CARE consists of scrubbing pools and benches, raking pens and aisles, talking to visitors, and assisting staff and volunteers in various projects such as food preparation and feeding. An outside volunteer is necessary for bird observation, particularly at feeding time, to insure that the birds are eating well and behaving normally.
INSIDE OFFICE OR GIFT SHOP consists of answering phones, computer work, filing, and office and gift shop assistance. Marketing could be involved. All levels of experience is needed including: housekeeping, fundraising, or attending events on behalf of the Sanctuary. Hours can be between 9:00am to 3:00pm.
INSIDE HOSPITAL CARE consists of emergency reception of new patients, direct bird care and observation, cage cleaning, housekeeping, food preparation. This process goes on throughout the day and is tripled during the baby bird season. Hospital volunteers need to have some experience in animal care, nursing and bird identification, or have had some experience with our permanently crippled residents. The hospital volunteer must have compassion and an understanding of the natural process of life and death. Euthanasia is mandated by law and humane guidelines in some cases. Hours available daily: 8am - 3pm.
We want you to gain knowledge about the Sanctuary so we encourage you to read all of our literature. Flyers, brochures, and bird guides are available at the Sanctuary office or gift shop Feel free to ask staff and volunteers any questions you may have about the Sanctuary. Everyone wants you to feel comfortable and a member of the Sanctuary team as quickly as possible. The vast amount of avian knowledge that many of our staff and volunteers have can be overwhelming at first. Don't let this discourage you. This knowledge will come to you gradually.
It is very gratifying to assist in the rescue, repair, rehabilitation and release of rehabilitated wild birds. To know that your work enables these animals to once again fly free is extremely fulfilling.
The opportunity to meet new friends with common interests and a common goal.
A welcome invitation to all volunteer monthly pitch-ins and holiday parties.
A letter of reference and a certificate of appreciation.
Documentation of hours for college community service requirements.
Letter of recommendation for college requirements (if needed).
Valuable work experience to add to your career resume.
An ongoing learning experience regarding indigenous wild birds and the environment.